The Cutting Room Floor

THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR PODCAST

Cutting Room Floor - “A figure of speech referring to unused creative work cut out from the final product.”

These are conversations about the fashion industry from inside the industry.


EP/020 THE FOUNDER // JACQUELYN DE JESU
 
 
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EP/020: THE FOUNDER

RECORDED: 7.01.19 PUBLISHED: 17.03.19

NEW YORK, NEW YORK // 40.7128° N, 74.0060° W

Jacquelyn De Jesu

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The founder of SHHHOWERCAP discusses finding new business opportunities, the evolving definition of an entrepreneur, and advertising as creation.

“I’m all about the integrity of an idea…it’s not just enough for something to be pretty. I always want it to be a little different.”

 
 
 
EP/019 THE CONSULTANT // LYNETTE NYLANDER
 
 
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EP/019: WRITER AND BRAND CONSULTANT LYNETTE NYLANDER

RECORDED: 20.11.18 PUBLISHED: 27.03.19

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK // 40.6782° N, 73.9442° W

LYNETTE NYLANDER

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Hailing from London, Lynette discusses editing for publications such as I-D and INDUSTRIE, the changing role of magazines in a world of new media, and emerging English designers .

"I thought, 'there's a whole creative world in the city that I live in and I'm going to go out and find it.'"

 
 
 
EP/018 THE IDEATOR // ANDREA F. PAGLIAI
 
 
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EP/018: THE AUTHENTICITY DEFICIT FEAT A+

RECORDED: 25.02.19 PUBLISHED: 27.03.19

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK // 40.6782° N, 73.9442° W

ANDREA F. PAGLIAI

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In the season two premiere of THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR, Recho is joined by Andrea F. Pagliai of A+ Inc., a boutique ideation firm. The two detail the importance of unique brand identity, scam culture, and the ever-changing roles of influencers. 

"I think the only way a company can survive is if they choose to sell soul. Because that’s what everybody needs. If you’re not willing to tap into people on a soulful level you’re not going to reach them."

 
 
 
EP/017 FORMER GLAMOUR EDITOR IN CHIEF // CINDI LEIVE
 
 
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EP/017: FORMER GLAMOUR EDITOR IN CHIEF

RECORDED: 11.28.18 PUBLISHED: 01.15.19

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK // 40.6782° N, 73.9442° W

CINDI LEIVE

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The former Editor-in-Chief of Glamour and Self discusses the start of the Glamour Women of the Year awards, intersectional feminism, celebrity on social media, and pivoting from print to digital.

“Now everybody is walking around with ‘I believe Anita Hill’ tote bags but at the time not everyone was willing to say I listened to the testimony and I believe it.”

 
 
 
EP/016 THE EDITOR // DURGA CHEW BOSE
 
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EP/016: SSENSE DEPUTY EDITOR

RECORDED: 10.17.18 PUBLISHED: 01.02.19

MONTREAL, QUEBEC // 45.5017° N, 73.5673° W

DURGA CHEW BOSE

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A Montreal native, Durga describes life at the tech company slash fashion brand; her favorite stories to cover and why she wakes up at 5am everyday.

“If someone can provide context and be critical of those who are in their industry, they’re even more valuable.”

 
 
 
EP/015 THE STRATEGIST // STEPHANIE HORTON
 

EP/015: ALEXANDER WANG’S CHIEF STRATEGIST

RECORDED: 10.10.18 PUBLISHED: 12.26.18

SOHO, NEW YORK // 40.7233° N, 74.0030° W

Stephanie Horton

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Previously at Shopbop and FarFetch, Stephanie walks us through her pivot from finance to marketing, the debacle the fashion industry is in and the myriad of opportunities that exist in the industry that people don’t know about.

“What I’m really excited about in fashion is the debacle that it’s in. That’s why I like tech because there’s no rules.”

 
 
EP/014 THE JOURNALISTS // ANTWAUN SARGENT, TAHIRAH HAIRSTON, JANICE WILLIAMS
 

EP/014: PANEL: WHAT’S A WORD WORTH?

RECORDED: 11.11.18 PUBLISHED: 12.12.18

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK // 40.6782° N, 73.9442° W

ANTWAUN SARGENT, TAHIRAH HAIRSTON, JANICE WILLIAMS

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Three culture writers discuss what writers should be getting paid; the fall of traditional media, what constitutes as fake news and why passion is a prerequisite to journalism.

“There’s no publication that I’m dying to work for but I do want to give my point of view.” _Tahirah Hairston

 
 
EP/013 THE DESIGNER // HERON PRESTON
 
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EP/013: THE DESIGNER HERON PRESTON

RECORDED: 11.06.18 PUBLISHED: 11.28.18

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK // 40.6782° N, 73.9442° W

HERON PRESTON

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As the man behind his namesake label, Heron details how he and Virgil Abloh became friends, signing to New Guards Group, the distribution company that launched his brand, and if Kanye has lost his marbles.

“This whole streetwear thing that’s happening; it’s such a boys club still.”

 
 
EP/012 THE TECHNICAL DESIGNER // WILLIE NORRIS
 
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EP/012: OUTLIER’S SENIOR MENSWEAR DESIGNER

RECORDED: 111.05.18 PUBLISHED: 11.14.18

BROOKYLN, NEW YORK // 40.6782° N, 73.9442° W

WILLIE NORRIS

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Willie is a technical designer at Outlier. We discuss his tenure at Maria Cornejo, the difference between apparel and “fashion”, tradeshows he frequents and his obsession with Ebay.

“People will write in ‘Why is the waistband curved or why is it straight.” These really specific technical questions that you would never the customer would be into.”

 
 
EP/011 THE PHOTOGRAPHER // DRIELY CARTER
 

EP/011: FIGHTING FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

RECORDED: 10.15.18 PUBLISHED: 10.31.18

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK // 40.6782° N, 73.9442° W

DRIELY CARTER

Driely Viera is a Brazilian photographer working for Beyonce, Pharrell and previously Kanye West. She describes why editorial work doesn’t pay, the scam of sponsored content and the influences that got her in the game.

“The industry is run on free work. Which is bullshit. People shouldn’t be working for free like this.”

 
 
EP/010 THE DESIGNER // MAUREEN SATURNE
 

EP/010: RAG & BONE’S SENIOR DESIGNER

RECORDED: 09.30..18 PUBLISHED: 10.10.18

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK // 40.6782° N, 73.9442° W

MAUREEN SATURNE

Maureen describes her work as a technical designer. With 10 years of experience, she details her understanding of good fit, rookie mistakes of producing hundreds of the wrong style and why she no longer shops at Zara.

“As a technical designer. In all the fittings, you’re running the show.”

 
 
EP/009 THE PANEL // LIVE @ THE HONTON HOTEL
 

EP/009: LIVE @ THE HOXTON HOTEL

RECORDED: 09.15.18 PUBLISHED: 09.26.18

WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN // 40.7081° N, 73.9571° W

JOSH ALLEN, SUZzAN ATALA, CHRISTOPHER JOHN ROGERS & DAVID RIVERA

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For the first ever live episode, Recho chronicles her path thus far and her call for major change in the fashion system. The 2nd hour she hosts a panel of designers and their trials in trying to create product with limited cash and resources. Recho Omondi sits down with designers Josh Allen of Richard and Grace, Suzzan Atala of Tuza Jewelry, and Christopher John Rogers and his business partner David Rivera of his namesake brand Christopher John Rogers. 

“The music business and the fashion business are the two cornerstones of pop culture. And yet people know far more about the music business than the do about the fashion business.” _Recho

 
 
EP/008 THE CREATIVE DIRECTOR // MICHELLE BLIOUX
 

EP/008: WHAT IS A CREATIVE DIRECTOR?

RECORDED: 09.05.18 PUBLISHED: 09.19.19

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK // 0.6782° N, 73.9442° W

MICHELLE BLIOUX

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Blioux outlines the role of a creative director and an art director. She also details her 20+ year career as a photographer, graphic designer, and creative director working with brands and agencies such as Levi’s, Feit, Trademark, Universal Standard and Splashlight. Her new agency, The Ones, was created to support independent brands and promote sustainability and fair labor in garment production.

“The creative director role implies seniority. You don’t come out of the womb as a creative director. No one goes ‘I’ve graduated school. I am now a creative director.”

 
 
EP/007 THE ASSISTANT // SABLE STAYS
 

EP/007: MEET RECHO’S RIGHT HAND

RECORDED: 09.01.18 PUBLISHED: 09.05.18

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK // 40.6782° N, 73.9442° W

SABLÁ STAYS

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Sablá Stays has been Recho’s assistant for the past 3 years and the glue that holds it all together. This is a candid chat about her Far Rockaway upbringing, work they’ve accomplished together and the most annoying thing about working with Recho.

“Technically I’ve been studying fashion since I was 14 years old. But I do not give a fuck about this industry.”

 
 
EP/006 THE WRITER/EDITOR // MIKELLE STREET
 

EP/006: WHAT DOES VOGUE BELIEVE IN?

RECORDED: 08.07.18 PUBLISHED: 08.08.18

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK // 40.6782° N, 73.9442° W

MIKELLE STREET

Writer and Senior Editor at Out Magazine, Mikelle dissects the brand of Vogue Magazine, why it’s taken 125 years to hire a black photographer, and what the CFDA is or isn’t doing to propel new talent.

“People like to say Virgil is the first black artistic director of Louis Vuitton Men, in the whole history of the brand. I’m like OK. Yes. but Louis Vuitton men has only had artistic directors since 2011. He is the 2nd artistic director of Louis Vuitton. Those numbers don’t mean anything unless you know what you’re talking about.”

 
 
EP/005 THE VIGILANTES // DIET PRADA
 

EP/005: FASHION’S VIGILANTES

RECORDED: 06.03.18 PUBLISHED: 07.12.18

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK // 40.6782° N, 73.9442° W

DIET PRADA

Tony Liu & Lindsay Schuyler are the duo behind the instagram account holding copy cats accountable. They discuss how they met, their gateway into the industry, brands they love and hate and their perspective on the lack of originality in the industry.

“The biggest misconception is that people think we’re bullies.”

 
 
EP/004 THE MODEL // BETHANN HARDISON
 

EP/004: KEEPING THE INDUSTRY COLORFUL

RECORDED: 03.26.18 PUBLISHED: 06.20.18

LONDON, ENGLAND // 51.5074° N, 0.1278° W

BETHANN HARDISON

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Former model, Bethann Hardison founded the Bethann Management Agency in 1984. In her London home, she details how she’s maintained relevancy and her commitment to diversity in the modeling industry.

“I’m so about diversity. I can’t walk it and not talk it. And I like it better that way. I love seeing the black against the white. Once you see the white and then you see the black; you’ll notice how beautiful the dark one is.”

 
 
EP/003 THE DESIGNER // RECHO OMONDI
 

EP/003: WHY I’M DOING THE VOGUE FASHION FUND

RECORDED: 06.15.18 PUBLISHED: 06.20.18

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK // 40.6782° N, 73.9442° W

RECHO OMONDI

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Recho discusses the application process of the CFDA/VOGUE Fashion Fund and challenges how their mission to propel the fashion industry forward with new, young talent.

“I’m not a quitter - it’s just not in my blood. So I figured alright well we’re here…I might as well try to win.”

 
 
EP/002 THE STYLIST // MATTHEW HENSON
 

EP/002: EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE A STYLIST

RECORDED: 04.13..18 PUBLISHED: 06.06.18

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK // 40.6782° N, 73.9442° W

MATTHEW HENSON

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Matthew is the head stylist to ASAP Rocky and The Weeknd, while also the Fashion Director of A.S.A.P Rocky’s company, AWGE. And formerly the Men’s Fashion Director at Complex Magazine.

“The word stylist or dressing people has become super bastardized because if you have instagram you can just put in your tagline that you’re a stylist and people will assume that.”

 
 
EP/001 THE LAWYER & THE FASHION CRITIC // JULIA ZERBO & EMILIA PETRARCA
 

EP/001: WHO KILLED THE FASHION CRITIC

RECORDED: 05.21.18 PUBLISHED: 05.22.18

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK // 40.6782° N, 73.9442° W

JULIA ZERBO & EMILIA PETRARCA

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Julie is a lawyer and founder of The Fashion Law. Emilia is the Fashion News writer for The Cut. We discuss “influencers”, the future of Fashion Week and why writers don’t criticize collections.

“Everytime a story of mine gets killed I’m like ‘YES.’ It means that someone is looking out for me.”_EMILIA