Textural Anthologies, a podcast series that focuses on creatives across all industries.
Inspired in part by Suetonius' The Twelve Caesars, I decided to create a series of informal conversations that explore the different personas in their creative industries.
Over the 12 episodes, I interview a fellow creative and discover more about their journey, what makes them tick and what their creative outlets are in all they do.
Today’s creative boundaries are blurred more than ever and through this series, we will explore how these contemporary creative ‘caesars', are influenced and inspired.
The Unhidden, Victoria Jenkins, S2 E4
Today's guest is a disability designer and advocate who launched her own brand, Unhidden Clothing, in 2017. Besides being an ex-student of mine, she is someone I am really proud of.
She has been a disability advocate due to her own gastrointestinal disabilities, and her career as a garment technologist in fashion lead her to start Unhidden when she encountered so many issues with her fellow hospital patients not being able to cover up or be comfortable in their own clothing, and the lack of stylish adaptive clothing available.
Join me today as we discuss more about adaptive fashion, how the world is slowly waking up to ableism, understanding the true worth of spending power of those with disabilities, and how Unhidden can help people with disabilities enjoy fashion.
I’m really happy to welcome today's guest, Victoria Jenkins.
Enjoy the Episode!
The Kickstater will launch on 12th March: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/unhidden-kickstarter-launch-tickets-143981377175
Follow Unhidden Clothing on Instagram: @unhidden_clothing
Find out more about Victoria Jenkins and Unhidden Clothing here: https://linktr.ee/Unhidden_Clothing
Connect with Victoria Jenkins here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/victoria-jenkins-812b7027/
The Gen Z Entrepreneur, Ava McDonald, S2 E3
Today’s guest launched her company two years ago, focusing on connecting influential members of Generation Z between the ages of 16 and 25 with the brands they love, and since then it’s grown rapidly.
In these past two years, she has been featured in Forbes magazine, been invited to take part in TEDx talk, and featured in Adages ‘40 under 40’. ...Oh, and she is only 20 years old.
Today we talk about Zfluence, the agency she created, and how she wants to add authenticity to the social media world by focusing on the genuine brand passion of Generation Z.
We also speak about how Teen Entrepreneurship is on the rise, are teen entrepreneurs being taken seriously? And are we looking at new business models to consider?
I welcome today’s guest, the Zfluencer, Ava Mcdonald.
Enjoy the Episode!
Follow Zfluence on Instagram: @zfluence
Find out more about Ava Mcdonald and Zfluence here: https://www.zfluence.com/
Connect with Ava McDonald here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ava-mcdonald/
The Curious Tailor, Gianmarco Messori, S2 E2
Our guest today is the second generation of a family-run Italian brand that started in the mid-’70s.
With him, we discover how the ‘made in Italy’ has changed in these past 40 years and how he took the company in a new direction, and most recently, how he introduced a new business model.
We talk about how the Messori brand started in an Italian town, then expanded across Europe, and now into Africa, where they are becoming a reference point in men’s tailoring.
And above all, how Covid_19 brought about changes, and how tailoring is adapting to reflect the new normal.
I am happy to welcome today's guest, the curious tailor, Gianmarco Messori.
Enjoy the Episode!
Follow Sartoria Messori on Instagram: @sartoriamessori
Find out more about Messori in Africa: https://www.messori.it/it-ww/africa.aspx
Connect with Gianmarco Messori here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gianmarco-messori-aa435828/
The Avatars, Crossing The Runway, S2 E1
2020 was the year that fashion and gaming became more entwined than ever before. Due to lockdown and social distancing, people were drawn more and more into the gaming world, and it became an outlet for them to release their creativity and create their own ideal worlds.
With Fashion Weeks moving onto digital platforms, it wasn’t long before brands started noticing the appeal of the gaming world, and some iconic brands began creating skins for games such as League of Legends and The Sims
However, one game stood out more than the others.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons was one of the top games to emerge during the lockdown and along with it we all got to know Crossing The Runway, an Animal Crossing Instagram and Tumblr account dedicated to replicating iconic high fashion looks in-game.
From recreating iconic looks from brands like Prada and Chanel to working with Valentino on a social media campaign to recreating a cover for Vogue Italia, Crossing The Runway has become one of the top ‘must follow’ Instagram fashion accounts.
I’m really happy to welcome today's guests, Richmond and Shel, the creators behind Crossing The Runway.
Enjoy the Episode!
If you want to download some of the fashion looks created by Crossing The Runway for your AC avatars, or to find out more about their projects, check out their Tumblr account: https://crossingtherunway.tumblr.com, and don’t forget to follow them on Instagram!
Follow Crossing The Runway on Instagram: @crossingtherunway
The RE-engineer, Jeffrey Heiligers, Episode 12
Today we are in the Netherlands, talking with someone I met back in London in 2014. Already then I was intrigued by how he was embracing design from such an innovative perspective.
During Dutch Design Week Virtual, helped in October, he spoke about a project that he has spent the last 10 months working on called ‘ The New Standard 2030, The Right Choice: A series of Positive Concepts ’
During these 10 months, he worked and developed four concepts, Re-Engineering home and lifestyle products to The New Standard matching his vision for the year 2030.
This was achieved through re-valuing materials, re-framing production methods, re-connecting consumers to products, and by looking deeper into technology and crafts used during the making process and regenerating them to new standards.
Low impact, purpose and conscience is now The New Standard in manufacturing, where recycling is central to the design process and disposing is simply out of fashion.
I’m happy to welcome today's guest, the RE-engineer, Jeffrey Heiligers.
Follow Jeffrey on Instagram: @jeffrey_heiligers
Dutch Design Week 2020, The New Standard 2030
Youtube: Studio Jeffrey Heiligers
Vimeo: Studio Jeffrey Heiligers
Podcast: Editing: @sscsierra
The Designer Educator, Spero Villioti, Episode 11
Today we are going back to the rainbow nation, South Africa, and am really happy to speak with our guest, who is a key player in helping to shape the future of South African fashion.
Trained at the London College of Fashion, then becoming a senior designer for Frank Usher, to successfully running his own couture business for over 25 years in South Africa he has reached the top of his field, designing for South Africa's elite and winning many prestigious international and local awards.
In 2011 his success and expertise in the line of haute couture saw him being invited to hold a lecture on the topic of Couture in Africa at Parsons The New School for Design.
In 2004 he then founded his design school to educate, train and guide young visionaries to grow into fashion industry leaders, and it has been growing in strength since then, becoming the top fashion school in all South Africa.
Today we speak to him about his path, how he started the school, the future of fashion education, and the ever-growing talent in South Africa.
I’m really happy to welcome today's guest, Spero Villioti.
To find out more about the Villioti fashion institute please check out their vlog 'Growing Fashion Villioti Unpicked', where you can follow Spero around as he personally guides you through the campus, giving you a little bit more of a look into their world and introduces you to a few of their fabulously talented students.
Follow Villioti Fashion Institute on Instagram: @villiotifashion
Links: Villioti Fashion Institute: www.villiotifashioninstitute.co.za
Growing Fashion Unpicked: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFjd-lp4yw_DSmCfTbz2HievqToB3tzPT
Podcast: Editing: @sscsierra