Author Archives : nick

True blue renew – With Janelle Hanna of White Weft


This week Janelle of White Weft in London drops by to talk about her life in the denim industry as a designer, how she is now upcycling worn out denim into new products, the joy of repairing broken jeans, how stretchy jeans and elastane are the banes of recycling denim, designing fits, how the industry is a greenwashing nightmare, oh,…

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Garmology: Slowly and properly made – With Niamh Carr of NemCee


After graduating with a Masters’s Degree in Fashion and Business, Niamh wanted to start her own company, based on her own principles, values and way of doing things. We talk about studying fashion, how the obvious path goes into fast fashion, the difference between making things quick and easy versus taking your time to do it properly, how a career…

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Garmology: From Hackney with love – With Barbara and Nick, A State of Nature (S04/E13)


Today’s guests are Barbara and Nick, the due behind the small Hackney-based brand, A State of Nature. Heavily into the small-scale, well-crafted, detail-oriented, natural fabrics and direct sales school of business, building the business from the ground level with a focus on longevity and happy customers. We talk about the joys and frustrations and how coming from luxury fashion means…

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Garmology: It gets better with wear! – With Patrick Grant (S04/E11)


This week I have the pleasure of talking to someone I’ve enjoyed countless hours of seeing on tv, Patrick Grant. Known to many as one of the judges of The Great British Sewing Bee, Patrick has many more things going on, such as owning a traditional Savile Row tailor and a Lancashire garment factory. He’s also working to revitalise manufacturing…

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Garmology: Influencers – Get rich or lie trying – With Symeon Brown, journalist and author (S04/E10)


Journalist Symeon Brown visits to talk about his new book about the world of influencers, “Get rich or lie trying”. We cover the rise of the modern influencers, how social media has enabled new ways of guerilla marketing using young fans, the fashionable surgery and Brazilian butt lifts, the dropshipping and financial trader scams and at the end of the…

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Garmology: Living in Tokyo – With Ian Haydock (S04 / E08)


Following up on last week’s Japanese theme, this week I’m joined by Ian Haydock, Lancashire born, Tokyo resident. We talk about his family history in the Lancashire textile industry, the joy of sifting through the Tokyo second-hand shops, especially finding forgotten British brands, how the ecosystem of vintage and secondhand garments works in Tokyo and the collector mentality. You can…

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Garmology: An Obsession Made in Japan – With Takè Sato (S04/E07)


Today’s guest is Takè Sato, former fashion editor of Smart magazine in Japan and fashion editor of Monocle magazine. Today Takè is based in London and works as a creative director and fashion stylist. He recently published “An obsession made in Japan”, about the “happy victims”, fashion victims, as documented by Kyoichi Tsuzuki. We talk about the Japanese otakus (aka…

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