One night in 1978, for fun, Sandy Chilewich and her friend, Kathy Moskal, tried bleaching their black cotton shoes, and dyeing them a new color. They were just fooling around in their Manhattan loft, but that experiment sparked the idea for Hue, a line of colorful shoes, stockings, tights, and accessories. It also launched Sandy on a 40-plus year career as a designer and entrepreneur. After selling Hue in 1991, Sandy built up her current, eponymous business based on an innovative design for placemats and other household items made from woven vinyl.
Textile product designer and entrepreneur Sandy Chilewich regales Amy and Jaime with tales of growing up in Rotterdam, being a child of the ‘60s and finding her way to founding the very successful Hue leg wear company. Now, as the head of Chilewich Sultan, she candidly shares the trials and triumphs that have informed her wisdom - including a panic attack at the public speaking podium. Sadly, no scotch was involved in this interview. Images and more from our guest!Please say Hi on social! Twitter, Instagram and Facebook - @CleverPodcast, @amydevers, @designmilkIf you enjoy Clever we could use your support! Please consider leaving a review, making a donation, becoming a sponsor, or introducing us to your friends! We love and appreciate you!Clever is created, hosted and produced by Amy Devers and Jaime Derringer, aka 2VDE Media, with music from El Ten Eleven and editing by Chris Modl.Clever is proudly distributed by Design Milk. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/clever.
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On today’s THE FOOD SEEN, Sandy Chilewich has revolutionized tabletops from the ground up, well, legs actually. Founding HUE hosiery in the late ’70’s, Sandy used textile design innovations to put chilewich’s now signature placemats on the tables of NYC restaurants like Tom Colicchio’s Craft. This program has been brought to you by Cain Vineyard & Winery.
“Who would think that placemats could bring the world together? …I think it’s because you look at it, and you get it.”
“Designing within constraints is where I am the most creative.” — Sandy Chilewich on THE FOOD SEEN
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