I’m Miranda Black, the Degrowth Diva and I have been shopping (and not shopping) in all sorts of creative ways. I want to share what I learn along the way. Cuz Degrowth is a journey. Shopping is hard!!! Acquiring (and disposing) has never been so complex and fraught with issues from sustainable fashion to shopping local to zero waste. Who best to get advice from than a former retailer. What's This Place? goes behind the bricks and mortar to discuss shopping, retailing cleaning and rehoming all your inventory.
What is a Real Hero of E-Commerce?
This week I get interviewed by Jason Shepherd, the host of The Real Hero's of E-commerce, a podcast on shopping!
What is a Zero Waste Halloween?
We're talking zero waste costumes, decorations and candy with a special mystery guest!
We also talk about stats and how they aren't helping and may even be contributing to people not caring about making small changes!
What is a Bespoke Tailor?
This week I go behind the scenes of my own business, Theodore 1922: how I started, how I very nearly went bankrupt and how one man changed everything. Pasquale started tailoring at 6 years old...yes, you read that right: 6 years old!
So what is a Bespoke Tailor? And who is Pasquale Buonjourno?
Blondie Apparel: Made in vs Designed in Canada.
What's This Place? podcast turns one this week. I launched my first episode with Sharon Smyl from Collected Joy a year ago this week and heck yeah, I'm going to celebrate!
I'm giving away a chance to win one of 3 garments from Blondie Apparel, a 100% Made in Canada garment...from fabric to hang tags to thread.
HOW TO WIN?!
Go to my Instagram or Twitter for rules and entry.
You can also send a screen shot of a review you write on your podcast app between now and September 27th at 11:59pm to email@example.com.
This week on the podcast we go behind the blood sweat and tears of Blondie Apparel. Brodie and Michelle Brodie started out making hats and scarves but soon moved on to designing womenswear made here in Canada.
"Designed in Canada" is one thing but manufacturing that design here at home is a Level Up not many businesses have the guts to pull off.
Blondie Apparel decided to put everything on the line and start manufacturing garments entirely in Canada...even the fabric!
But could they do it?
Would the infrastructure handle their business?
Could they compete if they went all Canadian?
Who are Brodie and Michelle and what is Blondie Apparel?
Let's go inside and find out.
Isabel Slone: Why Isn't More Clothing Made in Canada?
Why Isn’t More Clothing Made In Canada?
Well today we are going to talk to someone who actually wrote an article with that exact title…you can google "Why Isn’t More Clothing Made in Canada?" and the first result you should get is a Chatelaine story with that exact title by Isabel Slone who writes for The NY Times, The Globe and Mail, Macleans etc and today I’m going to pick her brain about Made in Canada.
if we really want to "Shop Local" and "Buy Canadian" are there any clothing brands who can genuinely claim to be Made In Canada?
Well today we’re gonna find out and Isabel Slone is going to help us do it.
So, who is Isabel Slone and What actually is Made In Canada anymore?
What is Soak Wash?
Soak Wash is a huge Canadian success story...there's also has a ton of sustainability built right into Soaks production. A perfect fit for this season on What's This Place?
Jacqueline Sava wanted to build a laundry detergent from a skin care perspective: Something that is as gentle on your hands and smells just as great as the soaps we use on our bodies.
"People sometimes think of clothes so passively. It's actually incredibly hard work from a design standpoint, to make fabric fit on the human body in a way that's comfortable and functional. It's complex to make clothing great! So enjoy it and appreciate that, and take care of it because it's an important part of your life."
Forget about those other laundry washes, this is the one you've been searching for.
Who is Jacqueline Sava and what is Soak Wash? Let's go inside to find out.
I loved listening to What is a bespoke tailor. Pasquale was great and a provided a wonderful view into how people grew up into the trade and art of tailoring in Italy.
I also enjoyed Miranda's story about inadvertently become the one responsible for running a menswear store. That she could take that on and learn everything she needed to be successful is amazing and inspiring.
Looking forward to more great shows.
Awesome. I love Miranda’s optimism and genuine curiosity; each interview is eye-opening and inspires me to think about my world and the positive changes I can make
This podcast is so relevant right now and is making me think about how to live a more sustainable lifestyle.