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Fashion Is Your Business - a retail technology podcast

Fashion Is Your Business - a retail technology podcast

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Fashion Is Your Business is a weekly show about FASHIONTECH, the intersection of fashion business and fashion technology. The podcast is produced through MouthMedia Network. The hosts are entrepreneurial strategist Rob Sanchez, leading fashion technology consultant Pavan Bahl, creative entrepreneur Marc Raco, and fashion tech + sustainability consultant Nataliya Makulova. Guests include the world's foremost fashion technology pioneers, discussing textiles to retail and everything in between, it covers business news from startups to conglomerates, and the show has a fun and accessible morning radio vibe.
189 Episodes
Recently MouthMedia was on location at NRF Big Show in New York. Marc Raco and Rob Sanchez caught up with Paul Greenberg about his new role as Vice Chair of the Federation of International Retail Associations, and Dominique Lamb, the CEO of Australia's National Retail Association, for a remarkable discussion about the Australian bush fires and how Australian retailers have responded and the implications of such significant disaster, on that nation’s retail, the Australian delegation to the NRF Big Show, and the state of retail in Australia overall.
The first digital platform able to evaluate, measure, verify and explain the sustainability performance of retail products. The final solution for sustainability supply chain management B2B2C. Meant for an industry but designed for people.  Consumers demand responsibility and punish the lack of transparency. Real change is happening. Retail industry is awaking. CEOs want to make a difference. Sustainability transformations are not easy. Only 2% of sustainability programs are successful. Barcelona-based co-founders Anna Canadell and Alba Garcia join Marc Raco, Rob Sanchez, Natalia Makulova, and guest host Charles Beckwith (American Fashion Podcast).
Purva Gupta (Co-Founder of Lily, a shopping app using emotional intelligence to connect women with clothing that makes them look and feel their best – bio) joins Pavan Bahl, Rob Sanchez, Ilan Tito and Marc Raco for an On Air Challenge (a recorded and comprehensive paid consultation on business development). The discussion includes a personal journey to Lily, creating trust, and working with retailers, possible uses, styling vs. perception engines, and the “solve”, cash flow and scaling, data and analytics, and multi-brand retailers.
The opportunity to talk with both Rebecca Minkoff (bio) (Co-Founder and Designer of the Rebecca Minkoff womenswear brand) and her bother Uri Minkoff (bio) (Co-founder and CEO of the Rebecca Minkoff womenswear brand and Creative Director and CEO of Uri Minkoff menswear brand), was one of FIYB's timeless conversations. They join Marc Raco, and guest hosts Liz Bacelar  and Robin Copland , for an episode of FIYB LIVE, recorded in front of a live audience in New York City. 
One of the most intriguing guests we ever had on the show was BØRNS (aka rising indie recording artist and fashion darling Garret Borns) He joined Marc, Rob and guest host Julia McCalaster and revealed the genesis of his creative life from Michigan roots and artistic upbringing, how he connected with the fashion world, the creative collaboration on music videos and wardrobe, how a Gucci shirt on Jimmy Fallon led to creative partnership, and how what you wear is what the audience hears. The way BØRNS dresses on stage is the same way he makes music, borrowing vs. creating something original, vintage shops, and the influence of David Bowie in fashion and music. And, in a lightning round of Off the Grid Questions, BØRNS attempts a magic trick and we learn about his first instrument, jazzy and provocative bubbles baths, and naps. It's a truly original and memorable episode, that even features some of BORNS' music.
Mazdack Rassi, Co-Founder and Creative Director of MILK Studios (standing at the crossroads of the fashion, music, photography and film worlds), and Co-Founder of MADE Fashion Week, joins Pavan Bahl, Rob Sanchez and Marc Raco, along with the entire MouthMedia team, as guests of Ben and Jack’s Steakhouse in New York City for the 100th episode of Fashion Is Your Business.
Partnering music and brands with MAC Presents -- Marcie Allen, President of MAC Presents (music experiential agency , bridge gap between corporate gap and music industry – (bio)), and musician, entrepreneur and philanthropist Taylor Bennett (bio), join Pavan Bahl, Rob Sanchez, and Marc Raco  for the most applause-laden interview in the show’s history on location at Subculture in New York City. This live audience episode is powered by Peerspace and features music by Casey McQuillen. PHOTO CREDIT: DEREK GARLINGTON
The journey of successful entrepreneur Daymond John... Daymond John (bio), entrepreneur, investor, founder of FUBU, star of Shark Tank, author of the best-selling “The Power of Broke” and founder of Blueprint and Co, joins hosts Pavan Bahl, Rob Sanchez and Marc Raco for a “fireside chat” with Pavan in a special edition of “Fashion Is Your Business LIVE”, on location at the coworking environment, Blueprint + Co. Sponsored by Diaego, Miller/Coors [must be 21 to enter], BarterHouse, and M2M.
The development of people, culture, brand, products, and structure necessary for growing and scaling a business. This MouthMedia Network Live event was recorded in front of a live audience at Experience Knotel, a interactive space located in the heart of Noho in New York City (666 Broadway) designed to showcase the experience of working in a flexible, adaptable, always energized environment. Sponsored by Knotel – Your agile business deserves an agile space. Knotel will find, customize, and operate your ideal office while you focus on your business. Discover more at Panel: Steven Balasiano – CEO of MHR Advisory, Counsel at Sills Cummis Terri DiPaolo – Head of Licensing, Sponsorships, & Endorsements at TKO Jodd Readick – CEO of LymeLog, Founder of Roam Coin, Co-Founder of User Centric Communications Moderated by: Avani Patel, Co-Founder of Ember, Founder of TrendSeeder
Two words that hold increasing real estate in the vocabulary of retail are commerce and personalization (a.k.a customization). One of the challenges of buying high-end apparel and accessories online (whether it be eyeglasses, footwear, or even tailored suits) is the confidence in both the accuracy of fit and the quality of the workmanship. Tim Aquino, the Head of Sales North America for Institchu (offering tailored made suits both online and in their showroom here in New York) came into the studio looking about as dapper as one would expect, and if that’s any indication, this  company might just be onto how to make personalized commerce work. He shares with "Retail Is Your Business" podcast hosts Chris Hansen and Rebecca Fitts about why fears about the quality of work in China may be misguided, and how this retail company brings their in-person store experience to the online customer.
Designed for women, by women, Of Mercer is an apparel brand building a community of women professionals whose combined voice is a very effective ambassador in the entrepreneurial world. Aligning with successful executives, business leaders, influencers, and innovators, Of Mercer has taken an effective and  bold approach to the growth of the brand. Co-founder Dorie Smith offer insights into the brand's retail strategy so far and looking forward, and an episode of "Retail Is Your Business".
Dalia Lasaite, CEO of CGTrader, the world's largest source for licensable stock and custom 3D models, managing two interrelated business lines, shares how augmented reality models can change the fashion industry. Recorded on location at CommerceNext.
Two things any brand needs to grow: the ability to grow and directly engage consumers, and a nimble workforce to grow at the pace the business does. Rob Sanchez talks with two companies filling those roles, recorded on location at eTail East in Boston. First, Sabba Nazhand,  VP of Sales for WorkGenius (an AI powered marketplace for enterprises to engage freelancers - quality, pricing and compliance on enterprise standards), and then Julian Kahlon, CEO of Project Verte (a full circle e-commerce solution built with simple, connected tools that help brands grow and directly engage consumers).
Underwear. Pretty much everybody wears it. It’s the basics. But for the underwear (and more) brand Mack Weldon, reinventing men's basics is keys. They believe in smart design, premium fabrics, and simple shopping. And it’s the building of community and loyalty strategies that make this brand a perfect fit for more and more men. Brian Fesen, Head of Marketing, joins Marc Raco and Rob Sanchez on location at Commerce Next in New York.
Data is of growing importance for anyone running a brand in fashion. And commerce requires software and web development just to stay at pace with a fast marketplace. Managing that data can be an overwhelming and sometimes impossible task that can be costly and distracting.  Aiven's mission is to allow developers to focus on building awesome applications without worrying about data infrastructure management, by hosting and managing an open-source database and messaging systems for business clients around the world on all major cloud platforms. CTO and Co-founder Heikki Nousiainen joins Rob Sanchez on location at eTail East in Boston.
Let’s talk robots. Or, more broadly, next generation technology. Are you prepared? As we move into an era of AI and 'bots, the interface between human and machine is critical to get right. While many are still figuring out which AI tools to apply and what level of robotics will work, for some they are leading the pack and seizing these technological opportunities now. Shane Lenton, CIO of CUE Clothing and Meg Tonkin, Human-Robot interaction Researcher, Social Robotics, join Marc Raco on location in front of a live audience at Online Retailer in Sydney Australia to  discuss the possibilities and the impact on organizations today that may be ahead,  as the alliance between human and machine grows stronger.
Next-level customer experience is a goal for many brands. But creating innovative spaces for those next level customer experience is something else. Transforming retail physical platforms to become more impactful is high on most retailers' agendas. Though creating spaces that are unforgettable and that offer a seamless on-  and off-line experience takes innovation and some out of the box ingenuity. Former Optus Director of Retail Design Ben Hawkins joins Marc Raco on location in front of a live audience at Online Retailer in Sydney Australia to discuss the opportunities and mindset required for a new paradigm of retail store design, and what that has to do with one of the largest telecommunications companies in Australia.
New retail means new ideas, new technology, new leaders who are thinking with new strategies. In some cases, -that means strategies about people. Millennial workforces have created a cultural shift in the way retailers manage and cultivate their people. Last year Lowes, a leading Australian menswear, young menswear, and schoolwear retail chain offering well-made clothing at affordable prices, won Retail Employer of The Year. Jason Heap, Head of People at Lowes, joins Marc Raco on location in front of a live audience at Online Retailer in Sydney Australia to discuss how they developed their people strategy and the lessons the retail industry can learn from exemplary people strategies; the challenges and knowledge required to take the next step; and the next level of ethical advancement required to meet an aware and conscious consumer.
There’s no way around it: customers are paying attention to sustainability. Creating unique sustainable initiatives must be in the menu. Savvy consumers are demanding to know from where products are sourced and are looking for higher levels sustainability from brands. Julie Mathers (Founder/CEO of Flora and Fauna, Australia's largest cruelty free & vegan shop with exclusive eco friendly products) and Sarah Mullen (COO of Adore Beauty, Australia's online beauty boutique) join Marc Raco on location in front of a live audience at Online Retailer in Sydney Australia. They discuss the challenges and knowledge required to take the next step.the next level of ethical advancement required to meet an aware and conscious consumer. 
It’s no secret diversity is on the minds of many founders and executives in all industries, including fashion. Two thought leaders in diversity in fashion, Jessica Couch and Brittany Hicks, who amongst many other things are the co-founders of the Women of Color FashTech Brunch, sat down with Rob Sanchez and guest host Lois Herzeca for a lively discussion about diversity — in the industry and in thought. 
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