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Stories, tips and advice from women at the intersection of fashion, entrepreneurship, sustainability and tech. It's F.E.S.T., and it's the future. Hosted by fashion journalist Lorraine Sanders.

Spirit of 608: Fashion, Entrepreneurship, Sustainability + Tech Lorraine Sanders

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    • 4.8 • 5 Ratings

Stories, tips and advice from women at the intersection of fashion, entrepreneurship, sustainability and tech. It's F.E.S.T., and it's the future. Hosted by fashion journalist Lorraine Sanders.

    From Building a Responsible Fashion Brand to Building Up the Next Gen of Brands in the Space with Danielle Salinas of Maison de Papillion and Project Gaia

    From Building a Responsible Fashion Brand to Building Up the Next Gen of Brands in the Space with Danielle Salinas of Maison de Papillion and Project Gaia

    Listen in for Danielle’s story, get inspired by how she lives her life and runs her businesses on her own terms and learn why taking the unexpected route to open a retail space at a time when so many businesses were closing was ultimately the right move.

    • 50 min
    Pioneering The Business of Ethically-Made Luxury Fashion on the Arabian Peninsula with Abadia's Shahd AlShehail

    Pioneering The Business of Ethically-Made Luxury Fashion on the Arabian Peninsula with Abadia's Shahd AlShehail

    Ethical and sustainable fashion has become a conversation with global reach and proportions with entrepreneurs around the world building businesses seeking to create positive social impact through carefully-made clothing. One such founder is this week’s guest, Shahd AlShehail, whose Abadia clothing brand delivers sweeping, feminine silhouettes inspired by the traditional artisan craftsmanship of the Saudi Arabian peninsula and made in partnership with female makers across Saudi and the UAE.
    Listen to her story for her journey from the business world to social and environmental justice and how those two areas ultimately led her to fashion.
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    Meet Shahd:
    Shahd AlShehail is an award-winning social entrepreneur focusing on areas of sustainability, women's economic development, and cultural preservation.
    After completing her MBA at Johns Hopkins University in 2012, she went on to secure a fellowship with Acumen which exposed her to the power of entrepreneurship in addressing social and environmental issues. In 2013, Shahd co-founded Project JUST, a fashion-tech start-up focused on creating transparency and accountability in fashion supply chains. Continuing on with this theme, Shahd co-founded Abadia, an ethical luxury brand dedicated to preserving the craftsmanship of her region through timeless contemporary products. Abadia works with female artisans across Saudi and the UAE to celebrate their heritage and provide them with a sustainable source of income.
    You can learn more about Shahd and her company at www.abadia.me.
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    Thanks to our episode sponsor Magic Mind! Boost your productivity and get 20% off your next order with code spirit20 at checkout. Want More Visibility? Get Access to Our Free DIY PR Masterclass for Ethical Fashion Brands Now Linkage — Connect with Shahd and Abadia
    Instagram: @abadiaofficial | @shahdalshehail
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shahdalshehail/
    Website: www.abadia.me
    Looking for a job in FEST? Get access to the new Spirit of 608 jobs page
    Find more episodes featuring women at the forefront of FEST online at www.Spiritof608.com.

    • 48 min
    How Upcycled Accessories Led to an Ingenious Idea for a Whole New Brand with Arkansas Maker Alyssa Bird of Picktokits

    How Upcycled Accessories Led to an Ingenious Idea for a Whole New Brand with Arkansas Maker Alyssa Bird of Picktokits

    Need inspiration for your evolution as an entrepreneur? Well that’s coming to your ears in this week’s episode, which features a conversation with Arkansas-based designer and maker Alyssa Bird. Well-known in the indie design scene that’s bubbled up online in recent years, Alyssa has garnered fans with her brightly-colored, upbeat accessories and jewelry — not to mention her fun, authentic personality that comes through in her regular Instagram videos and social media.
    When you’re entrenched in one business, it can be easy to stay there even when you foresee challenges to growth and scale. Earlier this year, facing some of those challenges, Alyssa made the bold move to launch a new business that carries her commitment to upcycling and making forward in a form that has the potential to reach many more people through ingeniously cute wall art kits that pair deadstock fabric with wood cut frames anyone at any age can use to craft their own eco-friendly art.
    Listen in for her story and how she’s building a new company that continues her path in a whole new way.
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    Meet Alyssa:
    Pictokits founder Alyssa Bird spent 3 years in the Los Angeles fashion industry and saw a desperate need to reduce the waste from clothing production. Her innovation, mission for upcycling, and love for learning reached a turning point when she developed a new mixed-media art concept by merging the rescued textiles with laser cut wood.
    Picto Kits is an elevated hands-on experience of art and education that requires no previous training and delivers a playful adventure inspiring individuals of any age.
    You can learn more about Alyssa and her company at www.pictokits.com.
     
    Oh hey there! Please help the podcast out and leave us a rating and review on iTunes. This stuff is key to the show's success, and I appreciate you helping me play the game.
     HOW TO LISTEN:
    Listen online: Just press play above or subscribe via RSS to receive all new episodes.
    iOS, iPhone, iPad: Subscribe via iTunes or download the Apple Podcast app and subscribe by searching for Spirit of 608 in the app.
    Android: Download the free Stitcher app and search for Spirit of 608 in the app.
    Thanks to our episode sponsor Magic Mind! Boost your productivity and get 20% off your next order with code spirit20 at checkout. Want More Visibility? Get Access to Our Free DIY PR Masterclass for Ethical Fashion Brands Now Pictokits is offering 25% off on individual kits to the Spirit of 608 podcast listeners! Use code SPIRIT25 for 25% off your first purchase. Linkage — Connect with Pictokits
    Facebook: @PictoKits
    Instagram: @pictokits
    Website: www.pictokits.com
    Looking for a job in FEST? Get access to the new Spirit of 608 jobs page
    Find more episodes featuring women at the forefront of FEST online at www.Spiritof608.com.

    • 52 min
    Nightswim’s Diana Ganem on Using Events, Community & Media Outreach to Grow Her Sustainable Fashion Brand

    Nightswim’s Diana Ganem on Using Events, Community & Media Outreach to Grow Her Sustainable Fashion Brand

    Curious how to use community and events to generate buzz and reach new audiences for your sustainable fashion brand? On this week’s show, I am excited to bring you Costa Rica and L.A.-based designer Diana Ganem for a conversation that’s one-part story and one-part live media strategy coaching. Like many professional designers who’ve worked in the fashion industry for years, Diana left the corporate world to launch Nightswim, a company that aligns with her values and devotion to sustainable and ethical practices.
    Now that she’s established her brand and built a foundation for her breezy leisurewear, this sustainable fashion designer is ready to take her business to the next level. Already successful with using events and community to grow, she’s wondering how to balance time and budget to better connect to members of the media so she can reach new audiences.
    Listen in for her story and what I advise her to do with her brand right now in order to build stronger relationships with the media that will last.
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    Meet Diana:
    Diana Ganem’s early life saw her moving from Mexico, to the American Southwest, and ultimately to Los Angeles, where, discovering her life’s passion, she attended the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM). After over a decade in various roles in the fashion industry, she decided to become her own boss, and began work on developing a socially responsible fashion brand that aligned with her values in sustainability and ethical practice.
    Now based in both Los Angeles and Costa Rica, Nightswim, launched in 2018, is a conscious leisurewear brand rooted in respecting the planet and its people. The brand strives to empower consumers in making wiser shopping decisions, while at the same time providing high quality pieces that make women feel confident and comfortable.
    You can learn more about Diana and her company at www.nightswimbrand.com.


    Oh hey there! Please help the podcast out and leave us a rating and review on iTunes. This stuff is key to the show's success, and I appreciate you helping me play the game.
     HOW TO LISTEN:
    Listen online: Just press play above or subscribe via RSS to receive all new episodes.
    iOS, iPhone, iPad: Subscribe via iTunes or download the Apple Podcast app and subscribe by searching for Spirit of 608 in the app.
    Android: Download the free Stitcher app and search for Spirit of 608 in the app.
    Want More Visibility? Get Access to Our Free DIY PR Masterclass for Ethical Fashion Brands Now Nightswim is offering a $25 gift card to the Spirit of 608 podcast listeners! Use code INSPIRIT for $25 off your first purchase. Linkage — Connect with Nightswim
    Facebook: @nightswimbrand
    Instagram: @nightswimbrand
    Website: www.nightswimbrand.com
    Looking for a job in FEST? Get access to the new Spirit of 608 jobs page
    Find more episodes featuring women at the forefront of FEST online at www.Spiritof608.com.

    • 51 min
    Q&A: How Should This Ethical Fashion Designer Successfully Market A New Non-Profit Partnership?

    Q&A: How Should This Ethical Fashion Designer Successfully Market A New Non-Profit Partnership?

    Listen in for my tips and advice on leveraging a non-profit partnership in your ethical fashion business’s marketing.

    • 32 min
    Talking Media, Money, Messaging & the Future of Her Ethical Fashion Magazine with Katie of ESJ

    Talking Media, Money, Messaging & the Future of Her Ethical Fashion Magazine with Katie of ESJ

    Listen in for Katie Pruett's story and advice for creating sustainable fashion conversations that matter while also building a brand that stays firmly rooted in authenticity and longevity.

    • 1 hr 7 min

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