Joshua Williams is a writer, producer, and educator in the areas of fashion, marketing, branding, and business.
Joshua Williams: Hello Sass, who are we featuring this month?  Sass Brown: We're talking about VOZ.  Joshua Williams:Ah, VOZ. They're based in New York City, but do a lot of their work in Chile. Can you tell us a little bit about them?  Sass Brown: Absolutely. They're an amazing brand. They were founded back in 2012 by Jasmine Aarons. And their mission is really to honor and empower artisans, to support them economically and culturally by showcasing their traditions of hand weaving and hand dying. So the collection is built around core items that are handwoven by the Mapuche and hand-dyed; vegetable-dyed through the long tradition of hand weaving and artisanship with cotton and with alpaca from the region. Joshua Williams: And can you tell us a little about the Mapuche people because that's quite unique, their story, and why she's chosen to work with this particular group?  Sass Brown: For sure. Well then the Mapuche are actually the largest indigenous group in South America. And we never call them cooked by the Spanish. And they have a very long heritage of working with natural fibers, local materials, both animal and vegetable and hand weaving, hand spinning the product. So, they have a very long tradition of it. Like many indigenous groups, there's stories and meanings behind the patterns and the symbolism that's embedded within the things that they weave. It's very graphic visually. Often, it's black on a off-white or a beige base, but it can be and other colors. And if you look at Jasmine's work, she often incorporates all sorts of different shapes. But usually very graphic patterning on a hand-woven base. Read the full transcript at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sustainability in the fashion industry is the topic du jour, and rightfully so. The adverse effects of fashion on our environment and on humans themselves cannot be overstated. Over the past ten years, this topic has shifted from the world of academia and NGOs to business and consumers. In fact, consumers now identify sustainability as one of the key criteria for determining which brands they shop, forcing brands to adapt. And yet, the reality is far more complex. Just because consumers say sustainability is important pertaining to their shopping habits, doesn’t mean that it truly makes a difference at point of sale. And just because brands say they are sustainable, doesn’t mean they are in practice.  Values are often separate from action--because values can be hard to pin down or define quantitatively, and because they are contextual. But rather than giving up, it’s a reminder that more education is needed, and that knowledge will empower brands and consumers to make more informed and sustainable choices and demand ongoing change.  Maria Soubbotina, a graduate student and research assistant at Parsons School of Design, focuses her time on parsing how people use language as it pertains to fashion and retail. And for the past year, she has been deciphering the conversations happening at our sister podcast, “Retail Revolution.”  “Over the past year, I’ve noticed a shift in how retail issues, including sustainability, are discussed. Sustainability, in general, was primarily a catch-all conversation for anything wrong with the fashion industry, or it was specifically referring to the effects of fashion production on the environment. And rightfully so, since that is a large part of it. For example, water pollution is just one part of the environmental aspect and 20% of industrial water pollution comes from textile manufacturing.”  But now, she says, the pandemic has begun to shift the language around sustainability towards the effects on the individual. For example, the extent of the impact that chemicals and dyes used to create clothing have on our skin. “Around 8,000 chemicals are used to turn raw materials into clothing, but the average consumer wouldn’t be able to name even one chemical that’s used in the production process, because it’s not something that’s discussed as frequently.”  Read the full transcript at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
A dynamic and driven sustainability advocate and CEO. Samata is an early adopter of the sustainability conversation, and has been steering Red Carpet Green Dress since 2011, joining the company initially as Campaign Director, progressing to Vice President, before being named CEO in 2019. Samata's vision for Red Carpet Green Dress focuses on the longstanding exclusive partnership with The Academy, ongoing eco-collaborations creating accessible sustainable products for the global earth community with impact brands, sustainable retail, education with a focus on youth, the creation of educational and entertaining digital content, alongside the expansion of RCGD's global presence with a focus on emerging markets and manufacturing. Within and outside of her work with RCGD, Samata is passionate about creating accessible sustainable design tools for the everyday citizen, to connect the dots between personal impact and the cultural lens.  Learn more: LinkedIn | Red Carpet Green Dress Hosted by: Christopher Lacy, Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design Produced by: Joshua Williams, Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design Executive Producer:Fashion Consort Follow the podcast on Instagram: @RetailRevolutionPodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Chaque mois sur News Bytes, Sass Brown, une experte de la mode éthique, de la durabilité et de l’artisanat, fait découvrir une marque de mode au business singulier et innovant ou opérant en dehors des principaux systèmes et capitales de la mode. Sass est l’ancienne doyenne du département Art et design au Fashion Institute of Technology et la doyenne fondatrice du Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation. Ce mois-ci, Sass a choisi Zazi Vintage, une société basée à Amsterdam fondée par Jeanne de Kroon. « L’entreprise est connue pour son utilisation de textiles patrimoniaux et artisanaux qui ont été produits le long de la Route de la soie traditionnelle, notamment l’ikat d’Ouzbékistan, les broderies Suzani ou celles du Cachemire », explique Sass. Zazi Vintage produit une petite ligne de prêt-à-porter de pièces de mode contemporaines - des ensembles, mais surtout des robes. Sa collection est principalement vendue en ligne, selon le modèle de vente directe au consommateur. En outre, la marque propose des options personnalisées pour un client plus exigeant. Sass explique : « Ils ont une ligne de manteaux Suzani, de fabuleux manteaux afghans garnis de fourrure. Ils rappellent les Beatles et l’emblématique manteau en fourrure brodée de Sergeant Peppers. Ils sont fabriqués sur commande et vous pouvez les personnaliser, choisir la fourrure, la couleur, le type de broderie, etc. » Lire la transcription complète at FC NewsBytes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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