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Episode 43: Joleen Mitton from Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week

Did you know that Vancouver is hosting its first Indigenous Fashion Week? (And not to toot our own horn but Evan is showing his latest collection on July 28 as part of the event; get tickets here.)

We obviously wanted to know all about it so we asked organizer Joleen Mitton to join us in the studio. There is lots to talk about and lots to learn; you won’t be disappointed in this one.

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This week our obsessions are extremely important. Abby is obsessed with Trader Joes Everything But The Bagel seasoning. Avocado toast will never be the same.

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Evan is obsessed with Jasmine Masters from Drag Race and her amazing instagram. It covers all the necessary basics:

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Katie is obsessed with podcast Revisionist History with Malcolm Gladwell and basically burned through 15 episodes without much trouble. If you want to feel like a smarty smart pants, give it a listen.1200x630bb.jpg

Joleen is obsessed with the best of Brad Pitt. Take your pick!

 

Thanks for all the things; find us in all the places.

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Find Evan on Instagram @evanducharmestudio also check out his website at http://www.evanducharme.com.

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Episode 42: Exploring Factories with Olivia Hayward

Hi hi hi, Hag hunnies!

Ever wonder what the inside of a clothing factory looks like? Well all you have to do is listen to this episode to hear all about it! We invited friend of the podcast Olivia Hayward to kiki about her recent trip to Asia to do just that.

This week, as always, the Hags are obsessed.

Olivia has recently been reunited with her melodica, not unlike this one, an instrument that you may or may not have known existed:

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Evan is obsessed with Maya Angelou, and after telling us why, we completely understand. Take a look at this video from Bill Clinton’s inauguration:

And also a documentary on Netflix about how much of a goddess she is, called Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise and good luck getting anything else done today.

Abby has been obsessed with ground-breaking instagram @ifyouhigh because we want to cover all the bases. Get a load of this freaky shit!

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Katie is obsessed with hew new Spy Bag from Market Canvas Leather because her bestest friend made it by hand and it is goddamn beautiful. Don’t not check the online store because there is something there you like and you are supporting a rad lady and a rad business. (She also has a great instagram too: @marketcanvasleather so do that also.image_ca70b611-7cfa-4a09-9d19-9ba09e485fb8_1024x1024.jpg

Thanks for listening! Find us in all the usual places.

Instagram@fashionhagspodcast
Twitter @fashionhagspod
Facebook at Fashion Hags Podcast.

LISTEN, RATE, SUBSCRIBE on iTUNES! Don’t forget to tell your friends how great we are.

Got an idea for an episode? Email us at fashionhags@gmail.com, we love hearing from you.

Find Abby on Instagram @abbyshumka
Find Katie on Instagram @redbirdsuite
Find Evan on Instagram @evanducharmestudio also check out his website at http://www.evanducharme.com.

 

 

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Episode 41: Lyndi Barrett of Style Calling

After months of failures, the Hags finally succeeded in getting our guest Lyndi Barrett of StyleCalling.com into the basement for a hot chat. Turns out all it took was for our schedules to work out! And don’t get too bothered, it was only hot temperature-wise: Lyndi is very cool. And she knows all the best fashion words. Let’s get into it, mmk?

 

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Before you do anything, check out her gorgeous blog, Style Calling if for nothing other than dreamy pics of her adorable dog Madison. He’s so fancy he lives in a mountain chalet in Whistler. What a gooooood booooooooyyy!!

One of the great words Lyndi knows is Ruana, a drapey scarf-style cover up like this one that Katie found at the East Side Flea. Please ignore the fact that this photo was not taken by a professional or even in a room resembling anything remotely close to professional. If there is one thing the Hags are not, it’s professional.

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Lyndi is also a teacher at Blanche MacDonald here in Vancouver. It’s a great school that primarily focusses on esthetics and make-up design but they also have a Fashion Design program that is worth checking out if you are curious about Fashion Schools.

Obsessions!

Abby and Katie jointly were obsessed with The Keepers on Netflix. It’s a tough watch but so good. Get ready to get angry enough to pace the floor a few times.

Lyndi is also obsessed with the documentaries on Netflix and with so many to choose from, how can you pick just one?

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Katie is obsessed with a new pair of shoes she got from Maiwa on Granville Island here in Vancouver. These handmade leather Jutis simply could not be left in the store because I mean, please.

Evan paid a trip to Hey Jude and fell in love with the Boy Smells candles they have available there. His first choice is “Kush” but there are lots of smelly boys to choose from.

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For some reason we’ll never understand (yeah right) Abby is obsessed with a new app called Patternator:

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I mean, come on. How could you not?

Thanks so much for listening! You can find Lyndi at StyleCalling.com as well at on facebook and @stylecalling on instagram and twitter. So do that, yes?

As for the Hags, find us in all the usual places.

Instagram@fashionhagspodcast
Twitter @fashionhagspod
Facebook at Fashion Hags Podcast.

LISTEN, RATE, SUBSCRIBE on iTUNES! Don’t forget to tell your friends how great we are.

Got an idea for an episode? Email us at fashionhags@gmail.com, we love hearing from you.

Find Abby on Instagram @abbyshumka
Find Katie on Instagram @redbirdsuite
Find Evan on Instagram @evanducharmestudio also check out his website at http://www.evanducharme.com.

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Episode 40: Sewing Wins and Woes

First of all, THANK-YOU TO EVERYONE WHO ORDERED A SHIRT YOU GUYS ARE DOPE AS SHIT AND WE LOVE YOU DEARLY. We could not be more excited about it and we have the best fans in the universe.

Don’t forget there is only one way to wear it: HOWEVER THE HELL YOU WANT.

 

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This episode is all about sewing and the love/hate relationship we have with it (and we suspect all sewers have as well). But before we get into it, Abby as really been keen on Margot’s personal style choices lately and we must agree (partly because those boots are directly from our youth):

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Evan has been dancing with a local Metis dance company and invited some pals out to participate in a fundraiser. It basically turned into a Metis kitchen party complete with a fiddle player and old songs from way back when.

Katie got a brand new hair cut for the summer but, more importantly, has been making more combs and they are turning out pretty great.

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She’s also been swooning over a gorgeous First Nation cedar woven hats like this one by Haida artist and weaver Donna Cranmer (available at I-Hos Gallery):

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On to the meat of the matter: sewing is the backbone of the fashion industry and gets little attention in the grand scheme of things, especially considering how much there is to know and learn about it. It is a skill that used to be much more prevalent in the common population but has become less and less necessary to learn in the days of fast fashion.

In fashion school, all the Hags had to make a bunch of garments to learn specific skills and patterns, including this hideous vest, not for human consumption:

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A basic diagram of knits versus wovens (very basic – there are tonnes of variations of both):

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A sewing ham (or tailors ham) and sleeve ham (or banana ham as Katie calls it):

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A fashion student’s best friend: seam ripper

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Any great tips or sewing woes? Please feel free to comment below!

Obsessions!

Evan is obsessed with three things this week but we’ll allow it. He’s getting to know his indigenous background more thoroughly and has been listening to a trifecta of podcasts:
Ryan McMan’s Red Man LaughingMedia Indigena, and Skoden Chronicles.
If you are interested in indigenous cultures and Canadian indigenous history, give these a listen!

Abby has been obsessed with The Dressmaker:

 

Katie is obsessed with finding the perfect Spring jacket. It’s hard to pin down, it doesn’t have a specific shape or style or colour, but it is out there and it will be found. It isn’t any of these google images, that’s for sure.

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Thanks for listening!
As always, you can follow us on:

Instagram@fashionhagspodcast
Twitter @fashionhagspod
Facebook at Fashion Hags Podcast.

LISTEN, RATE, SUBSCRIBE on iTUNES! Don’t forget to tell your friends how great we are.

Got an idea for an episode? Email us at fashionhags@gmail.com, we love hearing from you.

Find Abby on Instagram @abbyshumka
Find Katie on Instagram @redbirdsuite
Find Evan on Instagram @evanducharmestudio also check out his website at http://www.evanducharme.com.

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Episode 39: Retail Nightmares with Alicia Tobin

Guess what?! We are so excited to finally have friend of the podcast and fellow podcaster Alicia Tobin to chit chat about the retail experience among many other things. If you aren’t listening to Alicia’s podcast Retail Nightmares, please stop what you are doing and change your life to accommodate for it.

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So what is up with the Hags?
Katie found a weird and lovely dress at a local vintage store and foolishly didn’t buy it. Now she lives her life in regret and sorrow (after stalking everyone in the store to make sure they didn’t have it). What a dumb dummy.
PS – if it was you who bought this dress and you don’t want it anymore, let me know because I want it! boo hoo 😦

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Aside from being a sick exo-skeleton, Evan went to Kamloops for a preview of the play Only Drunks and Children Tell The Truth about a young aboriginal family and it was stunning.

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Abby participated in a panel for Morgan Brayton’s Morgan Brayton and Other People on OutTV talking about being a Mom and mom stuff! Very exciting.
As if that wasn’t enough, she and Dave were guests on the podcast Can I Pet Your Dog as if it was no big deal at all. Check out the podcast and their amazing facebook group if you are so inclined. Also this:

Alicia has a new job that, speaking of dogs, is dog friendly and terrific. More importantly, she found her bathing suit just in time for summer and we should all be so lucky to have the right one at the right time.

So, what is the worst part of working in retail? It’s a toss-up between all-night inventory, customer service requests, returns, and cutting people out of broken dresses. Turns out retail is not for the faint of heart. For actual horror stories, please listen to Alicia’s podcast!

For the record, here’s what those laundry symbols are for those of you who don’t just throw everything in on hot.

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By the way, you can’t return a bathing suit or underwear ever at all so don’t try. It’s gross and even if it’s not gross it’s safe to assume it’s gross.

An example of a Planogram for those who are curious. It’s very technical, obviously.

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Obsessions!

Katie has been spending a bunch of time playing Settlers of Catan and tarnishing friendships in the process. This shit gets hella real.
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Evan is obsessed with a new Amazon Prime show called The Collection (and it looks amaze):


Abby is obsessed, once again, with the book created for the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition at the MET. It is a stunning book and worth every penny.

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Alicia is obsessed and always will be on the hunt for the perfect blue and white striped shirt. It is a lifelong battle that we all know well.

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Thank-you all so much for listening! Make sure to check out Retail Nightmares and thanks again to Alicia Tobin for such a great chat!

As always, you can follow us on:

Instagram@fashionhagspodcast
Twitter @fashionhagspod
Facebook at Fashion Hags Podcast.

LISTEN, RATE, SUBSCRIBE on iTUNES! Don’t forget to tell your friends how great we are.

Got an idea for an episode? Email us at fashionhags@gmail.com, we love hearing from you.

Find Abby on Instagram @abbyshumka
Find Katie on Instagram @redbirdsuite
Find Evan on Instagram @evanducharmestudio also check out his website at http://www.evanducharme.com.

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Episode 38: The Superball of Fashion

 

Firstly – Git yer SHIRT HERE! LIMITED SHIT! GET THAT SHIRT, GURL!

One of the most glamorous, stupendous and ridiculous nights in the entire fashion industry is almost upon us – the MET GALA. The First Monday in May is when the high and mighty fashion influencers come out in all their finery and sashay up a giant stairway to get the picture taken (and to raise some $ for the Met Museum, but that’s secondary). Got $25,000? Maybe you can go too.

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But firsts – KIKI!

Evan got to schmooze with Pamela Anderson at an event promoting Vivienne Westwood’s “Save the Arctic” campaign. He was schwitzing his balls off but looked GREAT.

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Abby & Katie got to play coworkers and participate in a “QC” at the factory here in Vancouver that manufactures for the company that Katie  – and now Abby! – work for. A room full of dust and machines and piles and piles of fabric? SIGN US UP!

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And now for our feature –

Haven’t seen the First Monday in May yet? DO IT, YOU FOOL!

 

This year’s museum exhibition is celebrating and chronicling the work of Rei Kawakubo and her brand Comme des Garçons, one of the most influential and straight up fucking weird fashion brands to ever exist. This was one of her most recent collections –

 

One of the most memorable and successful exhibitions was the McQueen “Savage Beauty” back in 2011.  More than 650,000 people went to see it.

 

The theme of the ball reflect the subject of the exhibition that year, and sometimes it’s a smashing success and sometimes it misses the mark…

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Claire Danes wore glow-in-the-dark Zac Posen in 2016

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Karolina Kurkova wore Marchesa x IBM that interacted with social media

I don’t think this was what they had on mind went the museum asked for technology and textiles.

SJP does it RIGHT in McQueen with McQueen himself, in his family tartan at the Anglomania show in 2006

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And the Punk: Chaos to Couture show  in 2013 had some ups and downs –

 

And we can’t recommend The Eye Has to Travel enough. Just watch it already.

 

OBSESSIONS!

Abby’s finally figured out Snapchat. Well, the filters at least…

 

Katie bought the Planet Earth series so she can watch anytime, anywhere!

 

Evan found an old doc about Drag Balls from the late 1960s called “The Queen”, we gotta watch this one.

 

And one more time for the people in the back WE GOT SUPER SWEET T-SHIRTS! You should totally get one! Tons more info at The Hag Shop.

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Thank-you all so much for listening! Catch us next time 🙂

As always, you can follow us on:

Instagram@fashionhagspodcast
Twitter @fashionhagspod
Facebook at Fashion Hags Podcast.

LISTEN, RATE, SUBSCRIBE on iTUNES! Don’t forget to tell your friends how great we are.

Got an idea for an episode? Email us at fashionhags@gmail.com, we love hearing from you.

Find Abby on Instagram @abbyshumka
Find Katie on Instagram @redbirdsuite, also check out her blog, redbirdsuite.wordpress.com for some probably outdated posts.
Find Evan on Instagram @evanducharmestudio also check out his website at http://www.evanducharme.com.

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Episode 37: How Dat T-Shirt Get Made?

Have you seen our T-shirt? You really should, it’s outstanding. ORDER HERE!

Speaking of T-shirts, how do they get from soft little cotton balls to your body? This episode we looking into all the steps, machines, transportation and hands that make that happen. It might just be more complicated than you think!

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KIKI, BABY!

Evan hung out at Eco Fashion Week and got on TV! His mom is so proud. Check him and former guest Willow in this episode of ET Canada at 13:19 minutes in.

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Abby finally put that effing dresser together and then went crazy at the new COS store here in town.

Trying on pretty much the entire store 😜😜😜 @cosstores

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Katie almost cut a bitch over a vintage snowsuit at the Eastside Flea and good thing she didn’t because it was Parker Posey!

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Now that the dust has settled – on to T-SHIRTS! From the fields of Tennessee to Indonesia to Bangladesh to the floor of your local store, Planet Money has a great breakdown of how it’s all done. Check it out and listen to their podcast series about it too.

Maker’s Row also has a great article with some visuals about the process.

Here’s a video about how the cotton goes from it’s natural state to yarn:

 

And here is some footage of mesmerizing knitting machines that make the fabric that will be turned in to clothing. This can be super technical and very complex depending on the end product desired so here is one boring, albeit useful clip and then a beautiful clip from Chanel to make up for it.

 

Don’t think we’d forget about OBSESSIONS…

Abby has her finger on the pulse and tore through S-Town from NPR in a matter of days.

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Katie is also super on top of things and is finally finishing Downton Abbey (Geesh, Garnham welcome to the 21st century!)

 

Evan devoured Big Little Lies and is firmly in the pro camp for Nicole Kidman so just deal with it, mmmkay?

 

And one more time for the people in the back WE GOT SUPER SWEET T-SHIRTS! You should totally get one! Tons more info at The Hag Shop.

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Thank-you all so much for listening! Catch us next time 🙂

As always, you can follow us on:

Instagram@fashionhagspodcast
Twitter @fashionhagspod
Facebook at Fashion Hags Podcast.

LISTEN, RATE, SUBSCRIBE on iTUNES! Don’t forget to tell your friends how great we are.

Got an idea for an episode? Email us at fashionhags@gmail.com, we love hearing from you.

Find Abby on Instagram @abbyshumka
Find Katie on Instagram @redbirdsuite, also check out her blog, redbirdsuite.wordpress.com for some probably outdated posts.
Find Evan on Instagram @evanducharmestudio also check out his website at http://www.evanducharme.com.

 

 

 

 

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