Author Archives : nick

Garmology podcast: Wonderfully warm legs – With Diane and James Welstead of Olaf McTarn (S05E15 #115)

My guests today are Diane and James Welstead, veterans of the garment industry and entrepreneurs of well-based leg comfort, the Olaf McTarn. We talk about how the garment business has changed over the past decades, offshoring production, how textiles have changed, the joy of actually crafting things, the relevance of stories in marketing and even take a moment to consider…

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Garmology podcast: Carry on – With Alec Farmer of Trakke (S05E11 #111)

Alec Farmer of Glasgow-based backpack company Trakke guests Garmology today to talk about how he got started as a luggage designer, living in a self-made microhouse in a Scottish winter, how the early bags were artefacts of found materials, being socially and environmentally responsible, the importance of evolving the product, while at the same time repairing and recycling what has…

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Garmology podcast: The annual festive episode – With Shaun, Jon and Nick (S05E07 #106)

By popular demand, the festive special episode is back! Described variously as “like listening to three guys talk about clothes in a pub” and “clearly the most insightful and deep analytical discussion of the day”, the reputation precedes this in-demand recording. This year the boys cover choice and controversial topics, such as bootcut jeans, institution core, buying vintage from Malaysia,…

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