OMONDI Presents: The Cutting Room Floor

OMONDI Presents: The Cutting Room Floor

A fashion podcast hosted by designer Recho Omondi discussing current events and interviews with industry insiders.

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October 16, 2019 65 min

Amy Smilovic, the founder of Tibi, took a lifelong passion and created a burgeoning fashion label. Listen in as she relates why she took the leap into creating fashion, why she later made a major pivot in her brand, and what it has taken to keep everything moving and evolving in the ever-changing world of fashion. Amy is completely transparent about what it took to create Tibi as well all the twists and turns she’s navigated throug...

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What happens to our clothes once we get rid of them? Sustainability encourages that we ask *how* our clothes are made but few ask where they go at the end of their life cycle. Recorded at the University of Cincinnati, we sit down with former DAAP educator Elizabeth Ricketts about the clothing waste crisis, the invisible world of the second-hand clothing economy as seen in Accra, Ghana. 

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    Live at the Brooklyn design studio A/D/O we listen in as Nesli Danisman, founder of Angora Group, shares how she became an expert in sourcing materials around the world.  Starting in as an assistant to Ralph Lauren and sourcing for nearly a decade for Marc Jacobs, Nesli describes her mission with Angora Group to help companies develop the best products with the best factories around the world. We close it out with some heavy-hittin...

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    August 14, 2019 43 min
    Live at Notre Shop in Chicago, Ava Niuri (@avanope) is head of special projects at Marc Jacobs. We discuss her Australian upbringing, her work on the rebrand of Helmut Lang, the bootlegs that amassed her insta-following and what she describes as "catfishing" of the creative brain.  


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    In this interview Tiia Richardson talks all things denim. As a Denim specialist with over twenty years of experience she has worked with the likes of Calvin Klein, RRL, and Tommy Hilfiger. She tells us why the best have studied at the house of Levi's and educates us on denim terminology.

     


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    Martine Rose talks to us live at The Hoxton Hotel in London about views on “hype”; working for Balenciaga, the first time she met Demna Gvasalia and the influences of her youth.

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    Founder, Lana Johnson tells us about writing her own playbook. She used influencer marketing to her own advantage; starting with a few small SKUS and growing into a full collection in under 4 years. 

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    Founder Jacquelyn De Jesu recalls finding the white space in the marketplace; by re-inventing the showercap. This is an intimate look at entrepreneurship and brand building; and putting your head down to simply do the work.

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    Andrea Pagliai of A+ gives us an in-depth crash course on branding & marketing. She describes why the culture of immediacy is compromising true talent development, why so many consumer brands look and feel the same, how the influencer market will eventually implode and the ever-growing need for quality over quantity.

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    Former Editor-in-Chief of 17 years, Cindi Leive walks us down memory lane. We discuss journalism before the digital age, surviving the magazine shuttering epidemic and crowning Anita Hill Glamour’s Woman of the Year at a controversial time in history. The conversation touches on feminism, womanhood, and the future of print media.

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    Recorded at the SSENSE headquarters in Montréal, author, Durga Chew Bose explains her role as the Deputy Editor of SSENSE.com. How not having a fashion background has offered her a unique perspective and the topics that make her tick.

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    Chief Strategist Stephanie Horton explains the fundamentals that go into a fashion business and the constructs behind them. Previously at FarFetch & Shopbop she details why there are no shortcuts when it comes to e-commerce and the things she looks for in an employee. 

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    December 12, 2018 67 min
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    November 28, 2018 48 min

    Heron Preston tells the story of how he and Virgil went from Myspace friends to accidentally meeting in person; and Virgil introduced him to New Guards Group, the company that launched his namesake brand Heron Preston. 

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    Starting his career at Maria Cornejo and then eventually landing at OUTLIER, Willie tells us about his life hack to entering the industry, why textiles are so important to his current employer and what the role of a designer looks like today. 

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    A very candid; “no holds barred” look at the business of fashion photography. Working in-house for commercial clients like Pharell, Beyonce & Kanye West, Driely Carter explains why magazine editorials make no money, the scam of sponsored content and how the fashion industry has survived on free work of interns.

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    Maureen describes the role of a TD aka Technical Designer. She describes her role as the “engineer” to the designers; the importance of the Tech Pak and why ready to wear brands cannot compete with the fast fashion calendar. 



     

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    September 26, 2018 102 min

    We hosted our first live podcast at the Hoxton Hotel in Williamsburg. Recho Omondi sits down with designers Josh Allen of Richard and Grace, Suzzan Atala of Tuza Jewelry, and Christopher John Rogers and his business partner David Rivera of his namesake brand Christopher John Rogers

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