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We want your feedback! Fill out our listener survey for a chance to win a $100 Patagonia gift card. Join us on November 30 for a live, virtual episode of Climavores. Come ask a question about food, nutrition, and eating for the climate. We’re checking back in on the metaverse this week with Vogue Business’ senior innovation editor Maghan McDowell. For many, the hype surrounding NFTs, Web3, and the metaverse is beginning to feel overblown. Crypto is still firmly in its winter, and the stock price over at Meta continues to fall as Zuckerberg’s big bet on the metaverse isn’t delivering yet. But in the fashion industry there are signs of real disruption and innovation, with nearly every major luxury brand continuing to invest and partner to establish a presence in the digital realm. Does this mean fashion has just fallen harder for the metaverse?  Have a question for Christina, Rachel and Shilla? Give us a call at (508) 622-5361.‬ We might feature your voicemail in an upcoming episode. Resources:   Maghan McDowell’s articles for Vogue Business WWD on how the metaverse may not be the panacea for sustainable fashion  McKinsey on the metaverse and fashion in 2022 Hot Buttons is a production of Post Script Media. The show is hosted by Christina Binkley, Rachel Kibbe, and Shilla Kim-Parker. Follow the show on Twitter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
It’s COP27 week, so we look at how well the fashion industry is doing keeping its promise to dramatically reduce emissions. A recent report from Stand.earth gives most major brands a failing grade and shows how much work they still have to do to clean up their supply chains. We also look at how some luxury brands are embracing the digital ID as a way to show where their materials are sourced and improve resale value.  Then, we take a walk outside the world of fashion and find the scourge of disposability has come for furniture. We have lots to say about that, particularly the parallels with fast fashion. Finally, vegan shoe startup Loci has raised money, and Leonardo DiCaprio is on the cap table. We have some thoughts on vegan leather we’d love to share with him. Have a question for Christina, Rachel and Shilla? Give us a call at (508) 622-5361.‬ We might feature your voicemail in an upcoming episode. Resources:   Stand.Earth on fashion industry emissions New York Times on “fast furniture” Vogue Business on digital IDs Sourcing Journal on Leonardo DiCaprio’s investment in vegan footwear brand Loci Hot Buttons is a production of Post Script Media. The show is hosted by Christina Binkley, Rachel Kibbe, and Shilla Kim-Parker. Follow the show on Twitter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This week, we’re talking about microplastics and what they’re doing to the environment and our bodies. We’ve heard plenty about the giant plastic trash island out in the Pacific and beaches across the globe littered with plastic bottles and bags. But we’re talking about plastic microfibers, the ones that make up the majority of apparel produced today. These nearly invisible fibers have been found at nearly every depth of the ocean, and they’re showing up in the food chain and our bodies. They are commonly found in apples and carrots, lettuce and broccoli, and they’ve recently been found in 24 of 36 samples of human breast milk. Dr. Alexis Jackson from the Nature Conservancy joins the pod to help us understand the enormity of the challenge ahead. Have a question for Christina, Rachel and Shilla? Give us a call at (508) 622-5361.‬ We might feature your voicemail in an upcoming episode. Resources:   The Guardian on the first study to quantify the microfibers problem The New York Times on California’s new plastics law Sourcing Journal on studies of microplastics and apparel The Nature Conservancy’s Dr. Alexis Jackson Hot Buttons is a production of Post Script Media. The show is hosted by Christina Binkley, Rachel Kibbe, and Shilla Kim-Parker. Follow the show on Twitter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This week, we’re talking with Bayard Winthrop, CEO of American Giant. Bayard’s journey as the founder of an apparel company obsessively committed to sourcing domestically has resonated with the industry and with us. We talk with him about his journey over the past 11 years, what he’s learned about sustainability in this market, and where he sees opportunities for further impact.  And, as always, we look at the week’s news. Everyone is dumping Kanye and we love it. But we also want to talk about the dangers brands face when they align with celebrities and influencers. The luxury resale market gets another shakeup with the entry of Amazon, through a partnership with What Goes Around Comes Around. It’s bags and accessories for now, but all signs point to this expanding. When Amazon comes for a market, they come to win. Have a question for Christina, Rachel and Shilla? Give us a call at (508) 622-5361.‬ We might feature your voicemail in an upcoming episode. Resources:   The Fashion Law on the partnership between WGACA and Amazon Business Insider on the Kanye-Balenciaga split Bloomberg on Bayard Winthrop’s approach to business at American Giant Hot Buttons is a production of Post Script Media. The show is hosted by Christina Binkley, Rachel Kibbe, and Shilla Kim-Parker. Follow the show on Twitter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
It was a busy news week in sustainable fashion, and Shein once again sucked all the oxygen out of the room. From being fined for a data breach to suffering a damaging investigation into its treatment of workers to announcing a peer-to-peer resale platform powered by Treet, the fast fashion powerhouse popped up everywhere.  We talk with Jake Disraeli, the co-founder and CEO of Treet, about its work powering the Shein resale marketplace called Shein Exchange, and how it works with brands. Then we look at Goodwill’s new luxury e-commerce efforts and its new site goodwillfinds.com, and we like it! We also answer a listener question about all the packaging she sees from brands claiming to be sustainable.  Have a question for Christina, Rachel and Shilla? Give us a call at (508) 622-5361.‬ We might feature your voicemail in an upcoming episode. Resources:   Sourcing Journal on Shein’s worker problem Sourcing Journal on Worn Again’s fundraise Fast Company on new moves by North Face Retail Dive on Goat Group buying Grailed Sourcing Journal on Goodwill's curated luxury fashion site Hot Buttons is a production of Post Script Media. The show is hosted by Christina Binkley, Rachel Kibbe, and Shilla Kim-Parker. Follow the show on Twitter.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We don’t always talk about haute couture; this week we’re taking a look at the new deal between Classic Fashion and Walmart, which will exclusively supply Walmart with cut-and-sewn apparel from a new production facility outside of Los Angeles. It’s a positive sign in a market that has spent too much energy offshoring garment work. We also take yet another look at Shein; not at its fast-fashion practices, but its value. Where not long ago it was raising capital at a valuation of $100 billion, reporting lately suggests its recent fundraising has been at valuations from $65 to $85 billion. Does this signal a turn for the worse at Shein? We doubt it, and we talk it through. We know we need to keep fashion out of landfills, and we’ve talked a lot about resale in the past month, but this episode we’re getting back to basics, and going deep on caring for the clothes we already have. From how to wash our clothes for longevity, to mending, repairing, and yes, even darning, how we care for our clothes determines how long we keep them, so let’s learn how.  Our guest this episode is Doug Greenberg from Garde Robe, a company specializing in luxury garment storage and preservation. They know a lot about caring for clothes and Doug is here to share his best tips. Have a question for Christina, Rachel and Shilla? Give us a call at (508) 622-5361.‬ We might feature your voicemail on an upcoming episode of the show. Resources:   Sourcing Journal on Wal-Mart’s deal with American Classic Sourcing Journal on Shein’s new valuation New York Times on repairing clothes Vogue on luxury garment storage Garde Robe online Hot Buttons is a production of Post Script Media. The show is hosted by Christina Binkley, Rachel Kibbe, and Shilla Kim-Parker. Follow the show on Twitter. VERGE 22, taking place Oct 25-27 in San Jose, CA, will convene more than 4,000 leaders working together to address the climate crisis across six strategic areas: clean energy, sustainable transportation, carbon removal, regenerative food systems, net-zero buildings and the startup ecosystem. Register today and use the code V22PSMEDIA for 10% off of the pass type of your choice: https://bit.ly/3f2f2FQ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Don’t miss our live episode of Climavores in New York City on October 20! Sign up here for a night of live audio and networking with top voices in climate journalism. This week we’re responding to listener questions, and the first ones are from men: how is sustainable fashion different in men’s and women’s apparel? How has men’s fashion evolved over the years, and is it more or less sustainable today than decades ago? And what about wool? Is something as innocuous seeming as a natural textile as sustainable as it may seem, and how do we trust the brands to tell us? In the news, Korea’s internet giant Naver has announced they’ll buy Poshmark for $1.2 billion, making a huge move into the US resale market, and Shein has a little money for the Apparel Impact Institute, and we’re yawning. We also have to talk about Kanye West, and we’re not happy at all.  Have a question for Christina, Rachel and Shilla? Give us a call at (508) 622-5361.‬ We might feature your voicemail on an upcoming episode of the show. Resources:   Sourcing Journal on Shein New York Times on Naver acquiring Poshmark WWD on Levis net-zero pledge New York Times on evolving fashion regulations around the world Hot Buttons is a production of Post Script Media. The show is hosted by Christina Binkley, Rachel Kibbe, and Shilla Kim-Parker. Follow the show on Twitter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This week, Secondhand September takes us all the way to the top of the fashion resale market: ultra-luxury. And we have questions. Is it a sustainability play? Is it an investment market akin to fine art? How do you police fraud?  We talk with Sarah Davis, founder and president of Fashionphile, a re-commerce platform for high-end accessories to get her take. With more than 20 years in the luxury resale business, Sarah helps us understand what’s working and what’s needed to keep this market thriving and sustainable.  And, of course, Christina has stories from Milan Fashion Week! Have a question for Christina, Rachel and Shilla? Give us a call at (508) 622-5361.‬ We might feature your voicemail on an upcoming episode of the show. Resources:   Fashionphile Sourcing Journal on PVH Corporation joining Aii’s fashion climate fund The Guardian on Lululemon’s dirty supply chain WWD on Balenciaga’s new resale market, with Reflaunt Hot Buttons is a production of Post Script Media. The show is hosted by Christina Binkley, Rachel Kibbe, and Shilla Kim-Parker. Follow the show on Twitter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Secondhand September is going strong here on Hot Buttons. And this week, we’re talking with social media activist and slow-fashion advocate, Venetia La Manna. She’s a prominent voice of the slow fashion movement, and has lots to say about how we interact with fashion, whether celebrity partnerships with fast fashion brands can ever have a sustainable impact, and where she likes to shop for resale.  First, we’ll kick the show off by talking about Patagonia. The founder has given the company away to a special trust and a non-profit, with a special mission to take the profits and combat climate change. The move has brought enthusiasm and some criticism. We love it – and hope it’s a signal to others to do the same. Have a question for Christina, Rachel and Shilla? Give us a call at (508) 622-5361.‬ We might feature your voicemail on an upcoming episode of the show. Resources:   The New York Times on Patagonia’s founder giving the company away Venetia La Manna  channel on YouTube Sourcing Journal on H&M’s decision to end “conscious choice” labeling Buziga Hill fashion brand from Uganda Hot Buttons is a production of Post Script Media. The show is hosted by Christina Binkley, Rachel Kibbe, and Shilla Kim-Parker. Follow the show on Twitter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Don’t miss our live episode of Climavores in New York City on October 20! Sign up here for a night of live audio and networking with top voices in climate journalism.  It’s Secondhand September, and we’re here to dive in. All this month we’re talking with experts and offering up some of our own insights into how the resale market is evolving. This week, we talk with Andy Ruben, founder of Trove, a re-commerce platform for brands to enter the resale market on their own terms. Trove is one of a number of companies that work with brands to create white-label resale solutions that let them take back their used clothing, clean it, prepare it for resale, and sell it again as a “pre-loved.” Trove’s latest partner is On sportswear in a bold move into athletic shoe resale. We also cast a cold eye on Pretty Little Thing’s new resale marketplace, Kourtney Kardashian’s “sustainable fashion journey” with Boohoo, and applaud Rachel Comey’s breakup with Uline packaging. And it’s New York Fashion Week, so there are stories, and Christina has some good ones. Have a question for Christina, Rachel and Shilla? Give us a call at (508) 622-5361.‬ We might feature your voicemail on an upcoming episode of the show. Resources:   The Guardian is having none of Kourtney Kardashian’s partnership with Boohoo New York Magazine on Rachel Comey breaking up with Uline Bloomberg describes Trove’s resale partnership with On Glamour on the ascendant resale market Hot Buttons is a production of Post Script Media. The show is hosted by Christina Binkley, Rachel Kibbe, and Shilla Kim-Parker. Follow the show on Twitter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, we’re loving on fashion weeks. And not just the Fab Four of New York, London, Paris and Milan. Before these even kick off, Copenhagen fashion week had everyone talking earlier this summer. The combination of Scandinavian designers, a focus on sustainability, and a mix of digital and live events made it a contender to join the big European weeks forever.  We’ll preview the upcoming fashion weeks – where sustainability may have an impact, which designers to watch, and whether these fashion weeks can ever truly be sustainable.  Resources:   Vogue on fashion weeks and sustainability Vogue Business on Copenhagen fashion week WWD on NFTs and fashion weeks Sustainability Magazine on Stella McCartney’s new fund The Fashion Law on the YNAP and Farfetch deal Hot Buttons is a production of Post Script Media. The show is hosted by Christina Binkley, Rachel Kibbe, and Shilla Kim-Parker. Follow the show on Twitter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Gen Z is driving the fast fashion machine. Seventy-two percent of college students say they have shopped fast fashion in the past year, and 40% say they scroll fast fashion sites and apps at least once a day. For many, it’s an addiction. But this generation of 20-somethings is also more concerned about sustainability, climate change, and workers’ rights than any other. So how do they reconcile the two?  In this episode, Christina, Shilla and Rachel look at the problem of fast fashion addiction and how we got here. Plus, ThredUP has a new fast fashion confessional hotline. Is it just a marketing ploy? Or can it really help Gen Z kick the habit? We also take a quick look at how the unprecedented heat wave in China is impacting the fashion industry, and call out celebrities in LA for being water hogs.  And we want to tell you about our new call-in line! We want to hear from you - what you'd like us to talk about, subjects you think we're missing, sustainable fashion shopping advice, rants, praise, whatever you'd like to share. We'd love to hear it all. Leave us a voice mail at (508) 622-5361‬ and maybe we'll feature it on an upcoming episode of the show. Resources:   ThredUP’s Fast Fashion Hotline  Inside Climate News on fast fashion addiction The Guardian on Gen Z and its complicated relationship with fast fashion  Hot Buttons is a production of Post Script Media. The show is hosted by Christina Binkley, Rachel Kibbe, and Shilla Kim-Parker. Follow the show on Twitter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, we’re talking about the policies behind sustainable fashion with fashion law expert Betina Baumgarten. Betina’s career has included years as a civil litigation attorney, a fashion stylist, a specialist in fashion law, and now a consultant to companies looking to advance their sustainability goals with real action. She’s also a tireless advocate for policy change in the industry and has authored important journal articles on critical topics in fashion law.  We cover a lot in this episode, including: Labeling, and how it can underpin a level of transparency necessary to hold brands accountable to their sustainable claims The resale market, and how it can be better supported with new regulations and a legal framework to better support a sustainable fashion mission Resources:   GQ: on Issey Miyake Vogue Business: on Burberry Betina Baumgarten: Tag: You Are It. Revising labels as a first step towards transparency in the fashion industry Hot Buttons is a production of Post Script Media. The show is hosted by Christina Binkley, Rachel Kibbe, and Shilla Kim-Parker. Follow the show on Twitter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
One way to curb overproduction of clothing is to keep the clothes we have longer. It’s an old-fashioned solution but a simple one: instead of tossing worn and torn clothes in the trash, repair them. Major outdoor apparel brands have embraced repairs as a way to stay close to their customers, and luxury brands have long offered repairs as a service to their clients. But with fast fashion jumping in on the trend, is this just sustainable theater or can it move the culture toward caring for clothes? Then, Rachel, Shilla and Christina dig into a new technology from Swedish company Renewcell. Circulose is made from 100% textile waste and is used as a raw material to make things like viscose and lyocell. Zara announced they’re using it in a capsule line of clothing, including dresses and sweaters in natural colors. H&M is an investor in the company, as well. Does this signal an important step forward in recycling technology? And is it scalable enough to have an impact?  Resources:   Harper’s Bazaar: The restoration revolution: the best luxury repair services to take note of Sourcing Journal: Arc’Teryx and Eddie Bauer Target Repair and Resale Sourcing Journal: Uniqlo launches repair services at NYC flagship Retail Detail: H&M trials new store concept in Amsterdam The Circular Laboratory: What Is ‘Circulose’ … And Is it Sustainable? Sourcing Journal: Zara x Circulose Fashion Capsule Shows Off Sustainable Circular Fiber Bloomberg: Renewcell and ZARA Collaborate to Create a Capsule Collection Made from Material Produced with Circulose (R) Hot Buttons is a production of Post Script Media. The show is hosted by Christina Binkley, Rachel Kibbe, and Shilla Kim-Parker. Follow the show on Twitter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This week, we’re talking about returns. The more we shop, the more we return. And the more we shop online, the worse it gets. Retailers have embraced easy, free returns as a way to grab market share, but it’s coming at a cost to the companies and the planet. We’ll look at just how bad the data is, talk about what can be done to manage returns, and hopefully find some companies who are getting it right. This won’t be the only time we talk about returns, but we’re starting out today with a look at just how bad the problem has gotten. Then, the UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is getting serious about holding fashion brands accountable for their sustainability claims. They announced an investigation into Asos, Boohoo, and Asda after a preliminary look at the brands’ claims in January. Will other countries follow suit? And how are brands responding?  Resources:   New York Times: Retail’s “Dark Side” McKinsey: Improving returns management for apparel companies BBC: Asos, Boohoo and Asda investigated over green claims  New York Times: Why a Vogue Cover Created a Controversy for Olena Zelenska Hot Buttons is a production of Post Script Media. The show is hosted by Christina Binkley, Rachel Kibbe, and Shilla Kim-Parker. Follow the show on Twitter.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This week, we take our first look at the beauty industry – skin care, cosmetics, hair care, and wellness supplements – and find it wanting.  Kim Kardashian’s line of skincare, SKKN, got off to a bumpy start with lots of social media backlash around its packaging. And many others make claims around sustainable ingredients that don’t hold up to scrutiny.  Then, Gucci has an environmental impact report out, and has partnered with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to embrace circularity in its business. A classic luxury brand sending a powerful message to the industry around sustainable practices. Will it stick? Finally, we turn to biotech, where innovators are building nylon out of plants. This gets us excited, as it goes beyond the challenges of recycling plastic to avoiding fossil fuels altogether. Science! Resources:   Cosmetics Business: Kim Kardashian in hot water over SKKN ‘greenwashing’ claims Gucci’s Impact Report Vogue: Gucci Wants To Go Circular – Here’s How Vogue: Plant-based nylon is not fantasy Hot Buttons is a production of Post Script Media. The show is hosted by Christina Binkley, Rachel Kibbe, and Shilla Kim-Parker. Follow the show on Twitter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
H&M has an uphill battle to be taken seriously as a sustainable fashion brand, and last week it got even worse. Quartz published an investigation into H&M’s use of an environmental impact scorecard to misrepresent the sustainability of its clothing lines, finding the company used faulty data to make claims that were patently false. Not a good look for a brand trying to remake its image. We’re delighted to have the author of that article, Amanda Shendruk, as a guest this week. She’ll talk us through the details of H&M’s missteps. Then we take another look at the industry’s challenges around transparency, and talk through the Fashion Transparency Index for 2021, which ranks fashion brands by “what information they disclose about their social and environmental policies, practices and impacts, in their operations and supply chain.” The results aren’t encouraging. Brands have a long way to go in wages and worker conditions, supply chain carbon emissions, purchasing practices, their COVID response, and supply chain traceability. Resources: Quartz: Quartz investigation: H&M showed bogus environmental scores for its clothing Fashion Revolution: The Fashion Transparency Index 2021   Hot Buttons is a production of Post Script Media. The show is hosted by Christina Binkley, Rachel Kibbe, and Shilla Kim-Parker. Follow the show on Twitter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The metaverse became a household term after Mark Zuckerberg rebranded Facebook as Meta, and Fortnite gamers started attending virtual concerts wearing Balenciaga hoodies. And now the utopian web3 vision has come for fashion.  Brands are framing their digital clothes, shoes, and accessories as a sustainability play. This week, Christina, Rachel, and Shilla look past the marketing hype and think through the long-term impact. Then, has fast fashion ruined thrifting? Second-hand retailers are being flooded with donated clothes from the likes of Shein, H&M, and Zara, and seasoned thrifters are despondent. It’s driving up prices and making those desirable vintage and unique items harder to find. What is the future of thrifting? We’ll finish with a dose of optimism by sharing some of the trends and companies that are keeping us feeling positive about the fashion industry. Resources: Wired: The metaverse could radically reshape fashion WWD: Metaverse as a magic sustainability bullet? Think again. New York Times: 'The golden age of thrifting is over'   Hot Buttons is a production of Post Script Media. The show is hosted by Christina Binkley, Rachel Kibbe, and Shilla Kim-Parker. Follow the show on Twitter.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This week, we’re talking about plastic fashion. Your Instagram and TikTok feed are probably littered with feel-good ads for clothes and shoes made from recycled bottles. But they aren’t the solution you think.  Then, it’s a new world for brands doing business with China. America’s crackdown on forced labor is twisting supply chains putting brands in an uncomfortable position. How will fashion reorient itself?  And we’ll finish with a reality-TV breakup with fast fashion. Can ‘Love Island’ push pre-loved clothing into the zeitgeist?  Resources: Vogue Business: Recycled plastic swimsuits aren’t as green as you think NPR/Frontline investigation: How big oil misled the public on recycled plastic New York Times: Global brands seek clarity on Xinjiang BBC: H&M seems China sales plummet after Xinjiang boycott Vox: how your favorite jeans may be fueling a human rights crisis Reuters: 'Love Island' dumps fast fashion for second-hand eBay partnership Hot Buttons is a production of Post Script Media. The show is hosted by Christina Binkley, Rachel Kibbe, and Shilla Kim-Parker. Follow the show on Twitter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Last fall, the Apparel Impact Institute and Fashion for Good mapped out what it would take to cut fashion’s carbon emissions by half by 2030, and hit net-zero by 2050. Those are goals identified by the UN fashion charter in 2018. Their conclusion: we’ll need $1 trillion to get there. This week, we’ll ask: where will that money come from?  Then, as shoppers are heading back to stores, high-end brands are adding circular services to try to draw them in. Is this an indication of a bigger movement for in-person retail?  Finally, we end with European raids of top design brands’ headquarters. Did a movement to rewire fashion more sustainably somehow turn anticompetitive?  Stories discussed in this episode: Sourcing Journal: H&M and Lululemon back $250M climate fund Euronews: The trillion dollar question over how to fix the fashion industry Aii/Fashion for Good report on decarbonizing fashion Vogue Business: sustainability comes to physical retail Vogue: Rewiring fashion groups reflect on a year of change Business of Fashion: EU raids target brands proposing sales periods, restrictive practices Vogue: What happened to the fashion industry reset? Hot Buttons is a production of Post Script Media. The show is hosted by Christina Binkley, Rachel Kibbe, and Shilla Kim-Parker. Follow the show on Twitter.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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