16 episodes

Material Wise is your podcast on material matters hosted by Nancy Fendler, principal of Fendler PR, a communications firm specializing in materials and ingredient marketing. Driven by her deep curiosity, Nancy sets out to speak with designers, product developers and guests in the outdoor, fashion, home furnishings and other industries about what inspires and influences them to create, why and how they select the materials they choose and the relationships they’ve built with their customers and industry.

Material Wise Nancy Fendler, Material Wise Host and principal of Fendler PR

    • Design
    • 4.9, 17 Ratings

Material Wise is your podcast on material matters hosted by Nancy Fendler, principal of Fendler PR, a communications firm specializing in materials and ingredient marketing. Driven by her deep curiosity, Nancy sets out to speak with designers, product developers and guests in the outdoor, fashion, home furnishings and other industries about what inspires and influences them to create, why and how they select the materials they choose and the relationships they’ve built with their customers and industry.

    Episode 15: Best of 2019

    Episode 15: Best of 2019

    Happy New Year! While in production with our new 2020 line-up of episodes, we wanted to share some highlights of my conversations with last year’s smart and talented guests whom I was honored to have spent time with. We discovered that sustainability is still a huge topic. While it means many things to different people, sustainability is no longer a trend, but a business approach that’s here to stay. We also learned how collaboration throughout the entire supply chain lifts individual businesses and the industry as a whole. We catch a glimpse into the future with digital manufacturing, robotic tailoring and smart textiles. The thread that ties my guests together, is that they all believe it is an exciting time to be involved with materials. I hope you enjoy!

    • 25 min
    Episode 14: James Morin of Flowfold

    Episode 14: James Morin of Flowfold

    James Morin, COO and president of sales for Flowfold – a brand of minimalist gear made with some of the strongest and lightest of weight materials – gives us insight on how he’s helped build a small Maine-based company into an international brand. In this episode of Material Wise, James shares how he and his team have formed collaborative partnerships with suppliers, retailers, ambassadors, and non-profits to make Flowfold the thriving company it is today.

    • 42 min
    Episode 13: Gihan Amarasiriwardena

    Episode 13: Gihan Amarasiriwardena

    Gihan Amarasiriwardena is the co-founder/president of Boston-based Ministry of Supply, a modern brand of performance professional apparel. Gihan shares how he and co-founder/CEO, Aman Advani, shared a desire to create professional apparel that had the same performance benefits as their favorite athletic pieces. We learn how the brand got its start, the significance of its name and the role materials, attention to design and fit play into each and every piece to make the apparel scientifically better.

    • 39 min
    Episode 12: Elizabeth Whelan

    Episode 12: Elizabeth Whelan

    Textile designer, Elizabeth Whalen’s materials can be found in work environments and on athletes all over the world. She creates textiles for brands like Humanscale, Nike, Tumi and more. Elizabeth voices her views on her personal design philosophy, stance on sustainability - really good design is sustainable - and the need for design inclusivity in technological development.

    • 58 min
    Episode 11: Louisa Smith

    Episode 11: Louisa Smith

    With over 24 years of international experience in the global fashion and textile industry, Louisa combines her creative know-how with market and product development intelligence to ensure an accurate forecast. She shares how her intuition, curiosity, vision, and research led her to where she is today. Louisa gives us insight as to how she anticipates consumer needs up to 3 years in advance. She also shares her views on sustainability (be smart), top trend-inspiring cities, and how she stays relevant.

    • 31 min
    Episode 10: Emily Walzer of Textile Insight

    Episode 10: Emily Walzer of Textile Insight

    Emily Walzer is a savvy journalist who's had direct access to active sports/lifestyle brand VPs since the '80s. Today, she’s the editor/co-publisher of Textile Insight, a trade publication that focuses on textile design, innovation, and its product applications. Emily discusses her publishing career, recent trade shows, textile trends and concern over sustainability and social responsibility. Emily also reveals how she fuels her creativity, which finds its way into inspiring us with her informative storie

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

A visual designer ,

Brilliant.

As a visual designer, I’m always looking for new corners of design to explore, and influence how I think and make. Material Wise has shined a light onto the world of materials that I have come to deeply appreciate—from how scientific the process of making wool yarn is, to defining sustainability in the industry, to the future of our fitted clothing, where fashion needs to go in both form and function, to the textile trends on a global scale. Material Wise is for anyone who wants to be, well, wise—the podcast name is brilliant!

ehorton1211 ,

Creative, well worth a listen

I just began listening to this podcast. Content runs the gamut from materials to textures to fashion, and the creativity and craftsmanship woven in along the way. I don't believe there is anything else like it out there. Intriguing topic. I'm absolutely tuning in to hear more.

January.joy ,

Super informative!

What a great podcast! Wonderful interviews, well produced, and such great information! Love it!

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