- Claire Kalikman
12 Fashion and Sustainability Podcasts To Listen to Now
FRIENDS, ACTIVISTS, VINTAGE FANS, LEND US YOUR EARS!
WHILE WARDROBE CRISIS TAKES UP MOST OF OUR TIME, WE DO LISTEN TO OTHER PODS, & THOUGHT WE’D SHARE THE LOVE HERE. PODCASTS ARE ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO LEARN, CONNECT AND DISCOVER NEW STORIES. HEREWITH, OUR CURRENT PLAYLIST:
Thank you to Vogue Mexico writer Pia Rey for alerting us to the fabulousness that is Hopecast - Jane Goodall’s beautiful new uplifting show about taking wonder and delight in Nature’s splendour. We’re already hooked. Start …at the beginning, natch. And hear Jane talk about her long illustrious career and how living through it has shaped her activism today. 5 stars.
Obvs. we may be biased, but we think our podcast has something for everyone. The current series 5 sees Clare pass the presenter’s mic to guest hosts in order to amplify BIPOC voices. Each week a new guest host interviews a person of their choice. Like it? We’re currently taking submissions from listeners to feature on the series finale.
A standout ep from a previous season? Podcast 121, ARTICLE 22 - UPCYCLING, PURPOSE, & PEACE AFTER THE SECRET WAR IN LAOS (aka the one where Clare blows up a unexploded bomb - we can’t make this stuff up!).
Dressed: The History of Fashion is Clare’s favourite fashion podcast. Hosts April Calahan and Cassidy Zachary are FIT Professors and they know huge amounts about the history of fashion. Whether it’s covering the story of an iconic historical designer such as Paul Poiret or the history of the bikini, you’re guaranteed to learn something. Try the episode with Hamish Bowles on his fabulous fashion life, and this episode on the History of the Pockets. YES POCKETS!
Green Dreamer is very good indeed. Host Kamea Chayne really knows her stuff and has evolved these conversations as she’s gone on to carve herself a really unique niche. She gets the most intriguing people on the line, whether for a deep dive into holistic healing or the latest in regen ag. Where to start? This one with Farmer Rishi is comes highly recommended.
Vintage obsessed? You will love this. Host Emily Stochl asks the right questions of thrifters, vintage nuts, and fellow lovers of old clothes. “We come at the subject from all sides” she says of her passion: second-hand fashion - from why love it, to the politics behind it, through waste to upcycling and everything in between. Emily has great energy, loves books and plants and runs an Insta account that makes us smile. Fave eps? This one on mending with Kate Sekules . Or try this hard-hitter with MelaninASS (Melanin And Sustainable Style) founder Dominique Drakeford.
WHAT THIS OLD THING?
Talking of vintage inspo, Bay Garnett is the O.G. fashion-insider-thrifter. This show is at its best when Bay’s having a deep n’ meaningful with (fabulous) people she knows like Chloe Sevigny. Fun fact: Bay made her podcast debut on Wardrobe Crisis - listen back on Episode 108.
BROWN GIRL GREEN
Brown Girl Green presenter Kristy Drutman is a brilliant youth climate activist who has spoken in front of thousands and facilitated workshops centred around environmental media and storytelling in cities across the United States. Collaborative, intersectional and on point, this one is refreshing and super relevant. Get to it.
WHAT WE NEED NOW
Want more activism? What We Need Now is a new monthly podcast from Greenpeace US, that brings together activists and grassroots leaders dedicating their time to protecting Mother Earth. These are people on the front lines and we salute them. We especially like their focus on intersectionality - looking at how climate, racial and environmental justice intersect is essential if we’re going to build successful movements. Where to begin? At the time of writing there are only 5 eps of this newbie - so go them all.
Talking of O.G.s, Kestrel Jenkins has been covering sustainable fashion since 2016 - we love her focus on smaller brands, designers and entrepreneurs. Did you know Kestrel and Clare featured each other on their pods in the early days? Find them here and here.
THE QUICK UNPICK
Looking for an Aussie focus? This sweet series is a collab between Britt’s List and Ethical Clothing Australia. Over 9 episodes, Brisbane-based sustainable fashion fan Brittanie Dreghorn talks to a number of ECA-accredited fashion and clothing businesses that manufacture locally – helping to support the Australian industry while ensuring garments are made with strong ethical values. Our pick? Episode 5 with Nobody Denim’s John Condilis.
THE ETHICAL FASHION PODCAST
We had to include this because a) we love it so much, and b) it’s back this month. Yes, Clare & Simone are back on air in Feb with a series focused on ethical fashion in Africa. Watch this space.
CREATIVE CONVERSATIONS WITH SUZY MENKES
What’s not to love about this fashion legend talking with other fashion legends that she’s known for years about … legendary fashion stuff? Nothing, that’s what! It’s fab. Try this one with Alber Elbaz, or this one with her old friends the Missonis.
By Claire Kalikman.
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