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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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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.



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.



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.



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

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Episode 13: Tea with model and muse, witchy Willow!

For lucky Episode 13, the Hags brought in Evan’s muse, model and all-around lady pal, Willow for a few cups of tea! Tangents and swear words abound!


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You’ll recognize her from nearly every show Evan has done as well as the Eco-Fashion Week Chic Sheets challenge.


By the way, you can still vote until April 30 so go do that HERE! You can vote every day so go do it! There is an actual cash prize for the winner of the challenge that will happily go towards paying the costs of this show as well as Evan’s upcoming collection. Don’t we know, nothing comes for free, honey!

First off, for the first time in years, Abby made something for herself! A lovely little pinafore dress! And it’s adorable!


Here is the front – a basic pinafore đŸ˜ŠđŸ‘đŸ» @moultgard

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Katie is FED UP with waking up to her building manager using an effing leaf blower at full volume every morning. Just stop it. Use a broom. Stop being wasteful and loud and obnoxious and lazy. Leaf blowers are the ultimate not-my-problem solution to a problem that is only sometimes actually a problem. So stop it.


Time for Tea! A full explanation from Willow and Evan about the nitty gritty of ‘tea-ness’ ie: hot topics. First cup, a re-hashing of Eco Fashion week and the behind the scenes drama of every fashion show.


Once again, Evan’s submission to the Chic Sheets Challenge, worn by the fabulous Willow:

The Chic Sheets Challenge – shout out to all the other designers who participated:  Connally McDougal, Evan Clayton, Kim Cathers, Rachelle Love, Sarah Couture, Tammy Joe, and Jules Francisco – and the ability to actually sit and watch a show this year! Rarely happens for these two.

PS – the swirl!

Beautiful piece from @evanducharmestudio's collection! #EFW09

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One of the highlights was Dahlia Drive‘s show, produced by All My Relations Entertainment, that featured original Haida artwork by renowned artist Reg Davidson and spectacular cedar weaving (into an effing CONE BRA!) by Marlene Liddle that involved traditional drumming and singing. Check her out on instagram @Haida_cedar_bark_weaver for more amazing images of her work. An amazing show and an amazing collaboration – doing everything right! (Also check out Marlene’s sister Georgia Bennett on Instagram @haida_weaver – she made the Ravens tail headdresses featured in the show!)

For more images check out their Instagram @dahliadriveclothing and for more info, check out their website dahliadrive.com.

Willow mentioned the Congolese Fashion Week and it is worth checking out! Follow the link here and learn about a fashion alternative to what we see constantly (ie: European ie: white people ie: colonial) here in North America.


how beautiful is this?! courtesy of congofashionweek.com

One tangent we got down and dirty on stewardship and the complicated issue of unceded land here in Vancouver and across BC and Canada. Check out the documentary Jumbo Wild on Netflix for one example of proposed failure to do good work with our land.

Willow’s entrance into modelling was a bit different than the usual spotted-by-a-talent-scout kind of route but the need for strong, confident women in the lives of all women has been a lasting motivator. An eye-opening experience with her younger sister and a conversation about body image allowed her to re-examine the modelling industry and how her works connects to the larger picture. Check out some of the work she’s done for Evan in particular:

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Willow is obsessed with instagram meme-guru @gothshakira

as well as the Complicity and Complexity: Realities of Racism conference she attended at UBC, where she was pretty pissed about the number of people who didn’t know what “unceded” meant, especially at a University, especially on the West Coast of BC. For those who don’t know, we googled it for you. Please feel free to school up lest you run into Willow in a dark alley and she schools you herself.unceded.png

Katie’s obsession came full circle when she found a rad little roadrunner pin that she should have bought in Colorado but didn’t and never forgave herself. Until she found THIS rad little roadrunner pin at the East Van Flea market! Huzzah!


Abby finally watched the Chris Farley documentary, I Am Chris Farley, which can be found on iTunes. Get ready to cry-laugh.

Evan has been in the deep chasm of the design studio and has used the Shania Twain Las Vegas show to pull himself out of the depths. I dare you not to find some level of joy in this craziness:


Thanks for listening! As always, you can follow us on:
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Find Abby on Instagram @abbyshumka
Find Katie on Instagram @redbirdsuite and check out her blog http://www.redbirdsuite.com
Find Evan on Instagram @evanducharmestudio & @evndchrm, also check out his website at http://www.evanducharme.com

Remember: keep your pants on, it’s only fashion.

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Episode 12: How to not be a dumb doofus when shopping for clothes

This week we try and ask the big  questions about how to shop in an ethical and informed way. It’s a hugely important part of being a good consumer – something that is a hard thing to do these days. Considerations like company transparency, environmental impact, labor abuses, price, quality, availability and intellectual property are things we try and touch upon to help you – and us – become more supportive in the way we think about and consume the fashion we all love so much.


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But first! Catch up with The Hags!

Evan is a busy body in the best sense – not only is he preparing his collection for a show at the end of the month, he has taken on an extra challenge for Eco Fashion Week here in Vancouver. It’s called Chic Sheets; Eco Fashion Week has teamed up with The Fairmont Waterfront Hotel creating a chance for local designers to make a dress inspired by Balmain out of white bed sheets. We are MUCH EXCITE to see what he comes up with. Stay tuned, a winner will be decided by popular vote so we will be sure to share the link when it’s available.
UPDATE!! The link is here to go and vote for Evan’s amazing gown! Check out the other Eco Fashion Week events while you’re at it!


Daaaaaaaaaaaamn Balmain!

Abby needs a legit, professional headshot and from the looks of her Instagram, it’s slim pickins!

headshot rejects

Katie made some sweet space pants – they are out of this world! Just in time for her trip to Mexico, LUCKEEEEEEEEE!

katie floral pants


And now – to the meat of the matter! Let’s start the conversation about being an ethical and “woke” shopper.

Now, right off the bat you’ll need to check out THE TRUE COST – available on iTunes, Netflix, Amazon, DVD, Blueray. We’ve mentioned it before and we can’t stress how impactful this movie has been for us. It’s an eye opening doc about the current state of textile and garment manufacturing. NO EXCUSES! WATCH THIS SHIT ASAP!


Abby mentions this brand – VON BON – if you are looking for great, well made gifts for kids, this is the place to go.

This article outlines what Same Sky calls the “Soulful Economy”, and admittedly it sounds pretty great. But we also realize that price and availability of sustainable clothing options are a huge obstacle to overcome for many. But it’s definitely something to think about.

soulful vs utilitarian

This story from Vice shows a new, often unknown facet of the problem, the connection between sex trafficking and the garment industry. Yikes.


John Oliver had a great segment on Last Week Tonight about this story, worth your time as well. And offers some laughs on a pretty depressing subject so thanks for that, Mr. Oliver.


If the “Rana Plaza Collapse” doesn’t ring any bells, please learn about it here. It’s one of the worst disasters in the history of the garment industry but it has also been a huge catalyst for change on a global level.

Rana Plaza building in Dhaka.

Over 1000 dead, 25000 injured in Dhaka, Bangladesh in April 2013.


One of the companies making changes is Patagonia – read the article Katie references here. Be sure to check out Groundswell for more information on a variety of topics too, they do good work.

Their series on Fast Fashion brands like H&M, Zara and Forever 21 is a great read, parts 1, 2 3.

Here is an article showing how other brands are making the “Made in China” label greener – there is HOPE!

And for our American listeners, they have created a list of brands that are made in the USA – check them out!

Here is the book “French Women Don’t Get Fat” by Mireille Guiliano that Katie talks about. Damn the French and their impeccable style!

Click here for The Good Trade, a resource for finding companies that are in line with your morals and who actively try and address your concerns. Lots of options, categories and price points for you to choose from.

After all that info and seriousness watch SNL do a spoof on H&M. You’re welcome!


The CFDA is working with the National Resource Defence Council on their “Clean by Design” initiative – this little video outlines their mission.


We don’t mention this expressly but Planet Money did a great series about how their t-shirts get made from cotton plant to your doorstep – very informative.

The Corporate Knights‘ index of the Global 100 most sustainable corporations in the world is worth checking out, their list of criteria for the companies on the list is a great way to learn about how corporations operate and how they can improve.

CUTE BREAK  – baby Margot in her Monchhichi Adidas sweatshirt.

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Evan’s colleague and Eco Fashion Week creator Miriam Laroche helps people find their personal “Eco Recipe”. Here is the outline of the concept; have a look and see what matters to you and  how you can implement changes to your  life.

And remember – DON’T THROW OUT YOUR CLOTHES! This is the video Abby could remember, from Grist.org

We are by no means professionals and/or experts on this subject so we just started googling for info. You should too.

Bonus links!






Evan discovers Everlane, an online retailer dedicated to “Radical Transparency”. Not only do they have great looking stuff, their mission is a noble one.


Abby is enchanted and terrified by Lylexox and his insanely beautiful mixed media make up looks. Talk about reduce, reuse, recycle…IMG_3120

And Katie has a cute-induced mental breakdown when she sees “Pomsky” dogs. Can you blame her?!


Are you trying to be more conscious with your money? What resources and information have you found helpful – please share with the class if you can. We all need to get our asses and wardrobes in gear to avert the coming apocalypse, so every choice and $$$ counts.

You can follow us on:


Twitter @fashionhagspod

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Follow Abby on Instagram @abbyshumka

Follow Katie on Instagram @redbirdsuite and check out her blog http://www.redbirdsuite.com

Follow Evan on Instagram @evanducharmestudio & @evndchrm, also check out his website at http://www.evanducharme.com

Remember: keep your pants on, it’s only fashion.