Funny, moving and insightful conversations with leading creative and business leaders from the world of Fashion, Culture and Design. Simon and his guests address current affairs, creativity and assorted topics far outside their own careers. Always looking for provocative ideas you can actually do something with, the Fashion Culture Design podcasts are inspired by the Unconference of the same name.
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EPISODE #07 - LEANDRA MEDINE (THE MAN REPELLER)
Leandra Medine thinks hard about what’s going on in her head, then she shares it through her massively successful online empire Man Repeller. She’s like a millennial Carrie Bradshaw. From launching an online business that was hailed as a success exactly three days after it launched, to the impossible heartbreak, and all the emotions in between. Candid, funny and disarmingly honest Leandra takes us into her world and joins us in a timely lollypop salute to Lt Theo P Kojak (obviously). To quote the late great detective, ‘Who Loves ya baby?'
EPISODE #06 - MARY ALICE STEPHENSON
Mary Alice Stephenson gives a sparkling A-Z guide to her life and career from arriving in NYC and being hand-selected by Anna Wintour as a Vogue intern, to hosting events with Michelle Obama in the Whitehouse. Along the way her publishing credits include Fashion Director, editor, and stylist for Vogue, Allure, Marie Claire, Esquire, Seventeen, Oprah Magazine and Harper’s Bazaar. Then there are the years commenting on style, fashion and the red carpet for CNN, NBC, The Today Show and countless other shows. And yet if you follow her social media you’d think her entire life is devoted to helping people through her charity GLAM4GOOD. Whether it’s wounded veterans, women in difficult situations, or children benefiting from Make-a-Wish, Mary Alice always answers yes. And yet the last flood of messages she received were vicious hate mail after she failed to insult the first lady’s outfits on CNN. What a life. What a gal.
EPISODE #05 - MICKEY BOARDMAN
Mr Mickey loves Kim Kardashian, Madonna, Kylie, Mia Farrow and here he tells us why. Who broke the internet? No, it wasn't the Russians, it was Mickey Boardman, PAPER magazine and Kim Kardashian's bum. From his Chicago roots to having Madonna sing happy birthday to him Mr Mickey talks about Kylie, Trump, Mia Farrow and everything else along the way. He's upbeat, excited and irrepressible and he doesn't care who knows it!
EPISODE #04 - ANDREW ESSEX
If Robert De Niro tells you you're hired then which of us would say no? Certainly not Andrew Essex, even if he'd had a couple of dream jobs--first as a Condé Nast editor and then as co-founder of boundary-breaking ad agency Droga5. But then Travis Bickle told him to become the CEO of TriBeCa Enterprises, home of the ubiquitous film festival. So why leave arguably the world's most interesting ad agency? Well, to begin with, according to Mr. Essex: "Advertising Is Dead." Or at least that's the title of his new book. From New York's media empires to the world's smartest ad agency and now New York's biggest film festival, Andrew Essex has created the best of what you read, what you buy, and now what you watch. Hear him open up, talk about his new boss, and swear a bit.
EPISODE #03 - IAN SCHRAGER
Not many people can claim to have created an icon of popular culture, Ian Schrager can claim two. With his partner Steve Rubell Ian invented the velvet rope at Studio 54, and went on to launch Morgans, the first Boutique Hotel before there was such a thing. And he’s more creative now than he ever was with the global Edition Hotels and his new pet project PUBLIC, which as its names suggests is open to the public with low priced rooms and open spaces. Is this the end of the velvet rope being brought about by its creator?
EPISODE #02 - LAURA BROWN
Laura Brown has a lot of fun. Just take a look at her Instagram for details. Whether it’s wearing a pink pussy hat to the Washington DC Women’s March or celebrating Italian food with a Choose Pasta tee shirt Laura will tell you exactly what she thinks. From her farm girl Aussie roots Laura has come a long way to being one of the most influential people in New York’s media elite. Along the way she’s interviewed some incredible women from Hilary Clinton to Tyra Banks and beyond her fun loving image she is deeply respected. Here she talks about her convoluted route to the top and what keeps her smiling.
EPISODE #01 - JEFF STAPLE
The most influential designer you may never have heard of. Jeff’s Pigeon Dunk collab sneakers with Nike are the second most collectible sneakers of all time. His product launches have caused riots and grand larceny! He is mobbed by each successive young generation of streetwear fans and remains at the top of the influencer tree after more than 20 years in the business. How on earth does he do it while staying young and full of energy?