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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 36: Official Fashion Hags T-Shirt with Lindsay Chetek

VERY EXCITING NEWS, HAGS!
We officially have a Fashion Hags T-shirt! It is a limited edition tee that is available RIGHT NOW at The Hag Shop (thehagshop.tictail.com). There are 50 available until April 28 at 4:00pm PST at which point they will be ordered, straight up, just for you. Get on it!

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In this episode we are joined by Lindsay Chetek, a Vancouver-based graphic and textile designer who started this whole t-shirt ball rolling.

Shall we get into it? Why yes we fucking shall.

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Evan broke all his promises and went out very late to a friendly neighbourhood drag show. You can google Pu$$y Melk on your own and feel free to delete your browser history at your convenience. The video evidence has been lost to Instagram stories so we’ll have to settle for the still life photographic version:

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Katie spent some time with the in-laws (boring) and Abby put some more time and energy into the Tarva, which can, apparently, go suck a big D.

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Podcast guest Lindsay is planning a trip to Japan and we are all extremely jealous. Muji, anyone?

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So. The fun stuff now.
Lindsay reached out to the Hags back in November about making a Hag shirt and of course we were completely on board.

Side note, this:

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She proposed some ideas and we chit-chatted it all out and came up with a goddamn powerful Fashion Hags t-shirt. You can buy one here. It looks like this and it is dope as shit:

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Bella + Canvas is the supplier we decided on and chose a Relaxed fit Black Cotton t-shirt.
For more information on their company and their social responsibility, take a look at their website here. Our shirts will be 100% cotton, super soft, not too tight, and something that the Hags themselves would buy to wear. As fashion snobs, we wanted to be sure that we were putting out something legit.

We chose a local printer in Vancouver called Visual Impact so they are printed right here in the hood.

The font of the shirt is called Majesti Banner and it came from a small font foundry called Lost Type Co-op. Support your local font artists and when you use a font, throw some money at them! We are throwing a percentage of our sales to the artist ($55 for the commercial license) so as it turns out, when you buy our shirt, you are helping for it.

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Our size chart is here (and also on the shop):

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IMPORTANT T-SHIRT DETAILS YOU SHOULD READ ABOUT:

  • 100% combed and ring-spun cotton Relaxed Fit Bella + Canvas tee in Solid Black
  • Machine wash cold water and hang to dry for longest life
  • Tee is made in the USA, printed in Canada
  • Relaxed fit so it’s not hella tight on the titties
  • Technically it’s a women’s cut but Evan is still going to rock it at the Cobalt on Friday nights

Measurements:
Size Small:
-Bust (1″ below armhole laid flat): 18.5″
-Front Length (High Shoulder Point to Hem): 25.25″

Size Medium:
-Bust (1″ below armhole laid flat): 20″
-Front Length (High Shoulder Point to Hem): 26″

Size Large:
-Bust (1″ below armhole laid flat): 22″
-Front Length (High Shoulder Point to Hem): 26.75″

Size X-Large:
-Bust (1″ below armhole laid flat): 24″
-Front Length (High Shoulder Point to Hem): 27.5″

Price Breakdown (rounded, per unit)
  $15.00 = cost of printed shirt
+  $2.00 = cost of shipping from Toronto
$17.00 = shirt cost
   x    2  = markup
$34.00 = total shirt cost after markup
+ $6.00 = base shipping estimated coverage from Vancouver to customer*
  $40.00 = Total

Where The Markup Goes
All items you buy are marked up at a certain rate to cover the costs to bring that item to you as a customer. Usually it is around 2 – 2.5 times the cost per unit.
In our case, the markup is going to:
– artist’s fee (generously being donated to local Vancouver charity Dress For Success)
– font artist’s contribution (Majesti Banner by Joe Prince)
– podcast hosting fee
– website and domain hosting fee
– PayPal transaction fees (2.9% + $0.30 per Canadian transaction; 3.7% + $0.30 for US transactions)
– a nice little something for Dave for editing the show and providing technical sound equipment
– a bottle of bubbly to toast to our amazing listeners
– hopefully to help cover the costs of some more merch or maybe a live event? Only time will tell 🙂

*a small additional shipping cost will be added to cover our base shipping costs. Shipping in Canada is very expensive and $6.00 is not enough to cover it all for all our customers. The additional shipping helps cover those customers who live anywhere from Iqaluit, Nunavut, to South Dildo, Newfoundland and all the way to Duck Key, Florida. We are not able to ship to all countries so if you are having trouble, please email us at fashionhags@gmail.com.

The Important Fine Print:

  • Shirts are made to order; we will only print those that have been ordered. As such, all sales are final.
  • Item will not ship until early May and may take a week or two to arrive, depending on delivery address. You will be notified when your order ships out but do not expect it to arrive until mid-May 2017. If the tees sell out early, we will ship them early so tell your friends!
  • Unfortunately, we are unable to issue any returns or exchanges* so make sure to double check your size before placing your order!
  • All sales are final so if you have any questions, email us at fashionhags@gmail.com and we’ll do our best to help ya’ll out!

*some countries in Europe are legally entitled to make a return on an item purchased online if it does not meet their standards. Of course, the Hag Shop will abide by this legislation, however, costs associated with making a return are up to the customer, not The Hag Shop. For more info, see our Terms and Conditions at the Shop.
Please feel free to comment or send us an email if you have any questions about this whole process. We are very excited about all the things we can move forward with on this project – maybe a pin? a patch? a tote? a hoodie? a phone case? The possibilities are endless.

Once again, go to The Hag Shop and select the shirt you want. The two options are for North American customers and customers outside of Canada and the US – please select the one appropriate to your location as the shipping options won’t work otherwise.
Then shop away, hunnies! The sooner we hit our 50 mark, the sooner we can send them out!

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Obsessions time, y’all.

On Katie’s trip to Vancouver Island, she took advantage of her father-in-law’s garage shop and made a rad wooden comb out of some beautiful walnut hardwood that has changed the hair-combing game:

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Evan has been eating a lot of Celebrations cookies to feel like a fancy tea-time lady:

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Abby has been enlightened to the instagram @thatpoppy and can’t look away because what the fuck:

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Lindsay came ready with an obsession and it is 100% Hag approved: the new season of RuPaul’s Drag Race is out!

Thanks again for listening and check out the Hag Shop at TheHagShop.tictail.com and buy your official shirt! Tell us what you think if you want, we love to hear from your darlings.

Many thanks to Lindsay for all the things and for coming on this episode!

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.

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 30: Fashion Rules and Other Judgmental Nonsense

Happy New Year, Hags! And goodbye to 2016, may she rest in peace. Thanks for your patience on the lateness of our release but Abby had a friggin’ baby which really cramped our schedule. It won’t happen again. Probably.

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This week we are chatting about fashion rules and when to break them but mostly a meandering chit chat about looking good, feeling good, and some straight up judgments about what people are wearing these days. Give us a listen, yes?

To kick off with a kiki, Abby went to a local Christmas market with a light maze and was reminded how to wear clothes that are appropriate for winter, a doi oi.

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How to dress for winter.

Katie shares a hilarious story about a broken horn, a truck being stolen (maybe?) and a Christmas miracle.

Evan went back to his love of dance and started taking Metis dance lessons again.

 

Let’s get into the fun stuff – rules of dress.
Fashion rules have a lot to do with context. Lots of rules of dress and dress codes are thanks to a fun patriarchal system that we live in.

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Plus this rad company out of the UK called Boss wanted their male employees to understand what it is like for women with large breasts to just get through a day:

 

Katie outlines her Top Five Rules of dressing:

1. Always accessories.
2. Focus on fit and quality FIRST. This is the hardest one.
3. Wear proper underwear.
4. Don’t be afraid of colour.
5. Focus more on how you feel in your clothes, not how look in  your clothes.

Abby’s Christmas photo that caused such a headache as these things always seem to.

Amazed we were able to actually get a picture. Margot was not super in to it, big surprise!

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There are so many rules that we love to break and love to follow (and love to judge people on) such as wearing leggings as pants, revealing crotches, wearing white shoes, wearing flip flops, mixing black and navy, wearing brown in general, etc. What are some of your own rules?

Obsessions:

Evan is obsessed with the new film Jackie which looks amazing:


Abby is obsessed with Textillia, a similar website to Ravelry. It is an online community for sewing that lets users share their projects and foster connections with other like minded users. Find them on facebook and instagram too!

Got my @textillia shirt a few days ago and it's so cute and soft! Thanks @ariane__k 💕

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Katie is obsessed with Netflix show Please Like Me because it is delightful and funny and honest and just so great:

 

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 y’all!

Find Abby on Instagram @abbyshumka
Find Katie on Instagram @redbirdsuite, also check out her blog, redbirdsuite.wordpress.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 27: What’s the Deal With Sizes?

Hey Hags, hope you all are doing okay after last week’s apocalypse US election. We are with you and we are all going to be okay! It’s going to be a rough go for a little while but we’ve never been afraid to put on some heels and WORK, honey!

Shall we get into a pot of tea? Lots to talk about in this episode as we are chatting about just what the hell is going on with sizing in clothing. But first!

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Katie wants to draw some attention to the Movember movement and more specifically, Big Fun’s Movember Mo-A-Day series of cartoons (@lebigfun):

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Also, Katie got a sweet tattoo of the sweetest Jasper the Bear mascot from her hometown:

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Evan is settling in to his new job and life in domesticity. Turns out an oven is used for things other than sweaters! Who knew.

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Abby is still low on the give-a-fuck factor but did manage to make herself a couple of super cute tunics:

 

Also, everyone, fuck off talking to/touching/giving advice to pregnant women. Seriously. Just give up your seat on the bus like a decent human being and keep your shit to yourself, mmk?

On to the topic at hand: Sizing. What is the deal exactly? Everything seems to be different and inconsistent across brands, countries, stores, and styles. And what is happening for Plus Size women? Well, according to the Tim Gunn, Patron Saint of Fashion, the industry is failing them. (Here is a great article in the Washionton Post about how.)

The Plus-Size market represents a massive hole in the industry – both in terms of availability for the customer and in potential profits. This Bloomberg article gets into more detail and is totally worth a read. Turns out designers don’t really feel like working harder to make things work for plus size customers. What the hell, guys?!

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(image from Bloomberg article)

We get it, it’s hard. It’s one reason why people stick with brands they like when they find them. Fitting clothes is hard! For customers and designers. But sometimes you gotta do the work, honey.

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a very basic example of grading a garment. sizes do not grow the same amount in all directions and that shit gets tricky.

Another great article about the Plus size market is this one from Fashionista and if you want to be depressed about the state of how the media defines beauty through models, check out this one.

Here is a great infographic from NYT that really help visualize how sizes can vary from brand to brand.

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And “Vanity” sizing? Now that’s some buuuuuuullshit. Read about this absurdity in this article from the Washington Post. This chart alone will make your head spin.

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An interesting look at the history of how modern sizing began (a footnote taken from the Bloomberg article courtesy of the NIST Museum):

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Fashion is just too interested in being pretty rather than being profitable, it seems. But Donatella knows what’s up (at least, she says so but you’d be hard pressed to find anything bigger that a 12 with a Versace label on it…)

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Asos has a terrific collection of on-trend plus size clothing that also (shocking) uses plus size women as models, not pretend plus size women who are actually a size 8.

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As with so many things, men have it easier. Mens clothing is generally based on the traditional number sizing that reflects actual measurements as they relate to the body. Must be nice.

(Obviously that is an overstatement. Men still get stuck with the Small – Medium – Large size run that can be wildly different between brands. However, styles don’t change as frequently as women’s clothing does so it is arguably easier to find options in your size for men.)

Remember ladies, when you are shopping and you can’t find the size that works, it is never the fault of your body, it is the clothes. There is always another dress, another shirt, another pair of jeans. Move on and feel good about yourself!

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And check yourself, Onkel Karl. You ain’t as boss as you think you are.

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Obsessions!

Katie is obsessed with artist Jade Antoine and her amazing collection on instagram:

From tale to mane 🐎 glad to have a horse in the mix #favoriteshape

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Pup crush of the day 🍩

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Reminiscent of Canadian artist Ted Harrison and his famous illustrated book of Robert Service’s The Cremation of Sam McGee:


Abby is obsessed with fine artist and quilter Luke Haynes:

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His instagram is also worth a look (@entropies) and these images are taken from his website (lukehaynes.com).

Evan is obsessed with the new Netflix series The Crown.

 

Thanks again for listening!

We are planning on a Facebook Live event and would love to hear if you Hags are interested in watching/listening. We will get back to you about the when and the where so please like our Facebook Page to stay tuned and hang out with us!

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 y’all!

Find Abby on Instagram @abbyshumka
Find Katie on Instagram @redbirdsuite, also check out her blog, redbirdsuite.wordpress.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 22: Fashion School Stitch n’ Bitch

Hi Gang! So sorry for the delay in getting this episode out! Life happened and we had to respond accordingly.

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Catching up, Evan celebrated a birthday but more importantly, QUIT HIS JOB!
It went something like this, at least in our minds:

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Congrats, Evan! No more retail, ever again.

Abby, still pregnant, is stuck in compression socks and trying to catch them on. Vim and Vigr is a company that is trying to do the same, although not as cool as we want them to be.  Come on, where’s the pizza print?

More importantly, she got a kid-free getaway to LA, staying at the supremely cool Standard Hotel.

Katie dealt with a plethora of events, including a run-in with a grizzly bear, as illustrated by husband @lebigfun:

Also watched an important documentary on Netflix called The Mask You Live In about masculinity and the dangers of the phrase “Be a man.” A must-watch:


On to the topic at hand: Fashion School: Stitch and Bitch. Hold on tight for some personal reminiscence from all the Hags as we trip down memory lane.

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There are not a lot of fashion schools in Canada and each of us did quite a bit of research before arriving at the school we chose. There are many ways to enter the Fashion industry and going to school is only one way of doing it.
For example, a degree program (Bachelor) is a 4 year program that gives you a more generally-rounded education that usually requires a portfolio for acceptance. There is only one in Vancouver (Kwantlen Polytechnic University). A diploma program (which the Hags all chose) is a shorter program that is more hands-on and more fast-tracked. It gets you a diploma instead of a degree but depending on where you want to go, can easily be enough to open the right doors.
PS – a job is never guaranteed at the end of it, regardless of the education you acquire.

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PPS – Katie’s blog (redbirdsuite.com) was started as a chronicle for the fashion school experience so if you are interested in how it looks, give it a read. It is from a few years ago but if you start here on Day 1, you can follow along. Shameless plug.

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Being in fashion school can be both tremendously frustrating but also a source of great pride. Abby found great frustration in digital pattern drafting, using programs that look like this:

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as well as just the sheer fact of sharing a workspace with other students (which can be a fucking NIGHTMARE).

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But her final collection, Spotty Recollections, was a source of major pride, because it is fucking awesome and she and everyone else knows it:

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Evan’s collection featured colour and it was fucking gorgeous too:

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Katie’s final collection was likewise a source of pride but not as much as the portfolio itself:

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Photos courtesy of Searching For Style, photographed by Matthew Burditt, styled by Deanna Palkowski

(The story about the snaps is here.)

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What a trip down memory lane! If you have any proud moments of fashion school (or fucking nightmares that are totally worth sharing) please feel free to drop us a line or comment below and we’ll mention them on the show (if you want). We love that shit.

We will also talk again about fashion school in a bit more detail in future episodes so let us know what you want to hear about.

Obessions!

Katie has been searching feverishly for the right pair of shoes for the wedding party. These are not them:

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Neither are these monstrosities (egad):

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The struggle is real.

Evan is obsessed with the podcast You Must Remember This. 

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Check it on iTunes or the website above. It features such good storytelling and throwback glamour and is currently lighting Evan’s fire. (PS – Katie just listened to the Charles Manson series and could NOT STOP. Much excite. Very good.)

Abby’s obsession is the sister brand to H&M called COS. It is Abby’s dream wardrobe factory and there is a new location opening in Vancouver (shit yeaahh). She stopped by a location in LA and nearly died.

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Thanks again for listening and apologies again for missing the last episode – we hope you are still tuning in!

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 y’all!

Find Abby on Instagram @abbyshumka
Find Katie on Instagram @redbirdsuite, also check out her blog, redbirdsuite.wordpress.com
Find Evan on Instagram @evanducharmestudio & @evndchrm, also check out his website at http://www.evanducharme.com

 

 

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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!

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Daaaaaaaaaaaamn Balmain!

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

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

http://www.cleanclothes.org/issues/faq/where-can-i-buy

http://www.forbes.com/sites/eshachhabra/2015/08/26/where-to-buy-ethical-clothes/#667af3fa79ff

http://www.businessoffashion.com/articles/intelligence/how-fashion-brands-can-turn-the-tide-on-ocean-pollution

https://www.notjustalabel.com/editorial/what-is-origin-labelling-and-why-should-you-care

OBSESSIONS

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

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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.

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