Funny, moving and insightful conversations with leading creative and business leaders from the world of Fashion, Culture and Design. Simon and his guests address current affairs, creativity and assorted topics far outside their own careers. Always looking for provocative ideas you can actually do something with, the Fashion Culture Design podcasts are inspired by the Unconference of the same name.
Hosted by: Simon Collins
EP.14 - Grace Chen
Dubbed a Chinese couturier Grace trained in New York and now uses the finest artisanship in China to create her brand of couture for clients like Helen Mirren, Oprah Winfrey and China’s political elite. Working in the world of fashion during the time of China’s recent evolution Grace has a unique perspective on the culture. And seeing New York as one of the first Chinese students to study fashion there was another eye-opener. Listen to her story as she prepares to show her collection at the China Fashion Gala in NYC
EP.13 - LONGCHAMP - Jean Cassegrain & Sophie Delafontaine
Siblings who grew up above the family store in Paris. They learned their trade from learned from their grandfather who founded the company and their father who remains as Chairman and guiding light. Jean Cassegrain and Sophie Delafontaine have brought in Kate Moss, Tracy Emin, Alexa Chung, Hood By Air’s Shayne Oliver and now Kendall Jenner, so they’re quietly getting radical. Hear their secrets and some fabulous French accents
EP.12 - Roland Mouret
The butcher’s son who lost his name, dressed France’s First Lady along with many of Hollywood’s, got his name back, has maisons in Mayfair and Madison Avenue, was once a model, sounds French and yet doesn’t drink coffee. Ladies and gentlemen FCD’s latest podcast is with the youthful and exuberant Roland Mouret.
FCD Salon Series at NeueHouse
On the last day of fashion week, Jenné Lombardo (MADE Fashion Week and The Terminal Presents) and Matt Scanlan (CEO & Founder, NAADAM) joined Simon Collins and our friends at NeueHouse for the FCD Salon Series; an unfiltered conversation on how to start and maintain a fashion business. From how to measure success, the good that comes from failure, Alex Wang throwbacks and crossing the Gobi Desert, Matt and Jenné tell all on what it really takes to make it in this industry. In case you missed the live conversation or want to hear it again, listen here.
Ep. 11 - James Scully
When you’ve been on first name terms with Naomi and Kate since they began, and Francois-Henri Pinault asks for your opinion because you are speaking for an entire industry, then you have an important voice. James Scully is a casting director with a past that includes Charivari, Tom Ford and Stella McCartney. During the Fashion Culture Design Unconference in 2016 he made an impassioned plea for better treatment of models and cited some shocking examples of mistreatment. He continued his campaign on the Business of Fashion’s Voices stage and most notably during Paris Fashion Week in March 2017. Here he talks about how he got where he is, what makes him mad and what he plans to do about it.
Ep. 10 - Mazdack Rassi
From escaping the Iranian revolution to launching the wildly successful Milk Makeup line. Along the way Rassi co-founded Milk, the world’s coolest photo studios, created 9 other companies, and revolutionized New York Fashion Week by launching MADE - a FREE runway venue for young designers. Fun Fact - the launch party of MADE had Kendrick Lamar filling the Milk loading dock with enough sub base woofers to literally bring down the neighborhood (no joke - they had to unplug some of them). Here he talks about being a refugee in Champagne Illinois and how New York Made him.