Two Birmingham City University fashion lecturers, Laura and Sophie talk through the latest fashion news in healthy debates and discussions with an array of guests throughout the industry. Listen to the podcast every other Thursday with your not so normal fashion academics.
Fashion Babs: The Future of Fashion Education
This week Sophie and Laura talk more about their careers as academics and supporting future fashion graduates in the fashion education journey. Special mentions go to Birmingham City University, and The School of Fashion and Textiles, where they both lecture on the Fashion Business and Promotion course. Sophie and Laura address the ongoing stigma around fashion as a career, especially the jump from school to university, and the presumption that 'fashion' isn't deemed a viable career. They aim to break down those barriers, address those negative retail head lines and discuss the sheer opportunities for anyone wanting to be educated to transfer to the fashion industry. Their special guest is fellow academic Mike Hansell, their friend and ex-colleague who formed part of their 'bcu babs' crew. Mike joins them by telling his own tales of education, his love for the 'shacket', working for some of the UKs leading retailers and now for another University as a senior fashion lecturer.
Vanity Sizing and the Justin Bieber Effect - With Special Guest Rosie Ann Butcher
This week Laura and Sophie discuss the ongoing issues with clothing size variations and pricing within the fashion industry. How can brands justify the differences in sizing and who is responsible when brands sell the same product at different prices?
Empowered Women Empower Women - With Special Guest Hollie Race
In the fourth Fashademix episode Laura and Sophie open up about female empowerment and what it means to them along with the struggles faced in today’s society. Their special guest is the talented online fashion brand and content creator Hollie Race, who talks about putting her game face on and cheerleading and empowering others by generating confidence in people along the way. Hollie discusses how she helps women be who they want to be and dress how they want to dress in order to create the trend lead content for her business along with a detailed discussion of her career to date.
Sustainable Fashion: To Boohoo or Not To Boohoo + Guest Sophie Ordige from Superdry
In the third instalment of The Fashademix Podcast, Laura and Sophie get to the nitty gritty of the latest Boohoo supply chain scandal and discuss where the blame lies. From manufacture to the end of the product life cycle, they discuss what consumers can do to bare the planet in mind. Special guest this week, Superdry Sustainability Warrior Sophie Ordige, discusses the brand's sustainability focus and how there will always be a place for fast fashion. Finally, hear about how H&M are introducing cactus leather in Like to Know.
The Evolution of Influencers with Special Guests Dan and Mel, Founders of Lounge Underwear
Welcome to The Fashademix Podcast episode 2! In this episode Laura and Sophie discuss the power of influencers: how they are evolving as well as how they would like the industry to change. The founders of Lounge Underwear, Dan and Mel talk through their innovative business model and how their brand has intensified throughout the pandemic. Both lecturers discuss how high street brand H&M are working on futuristic products and question if this is a step too far.
The Necessity for Disney Pyjamas and the Arrogance of Topshop.
Welcome to The Fashademix Podcast! In this pilot Laura and Sophie introduce themselves and discuss what will happen once retail re-opens after lockdown. Have our wants and needs changed? What will the High Street look like and how can small fashion businesses survive? Plus, how Philip Green dropped the ball years ago and Sophie's new obsession: the Oodie.
The highlight of my week!
My go to industry podcast. Sophie and Laura have such great discussions about all of the important topics going on right now. They also have some incredible guests lined up can’t recommend it enough!
Great new fash pod
Loving this, great to listen to Hollie race, and lovely to hear dulcet midlands Vowels
Love Soph and Laura
A funny and non intimidating view of fashion industry