The Cutting Room Floor

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Fashion's Only Fashion Show.
Hosted by designer, Recho Omondi.

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49 episodes

S4 EP6: Fashion Styling ft. Juliana Salazar

Juliana Salazar is a stylist and brand consultant from Miami. Born to Columbian parents, she studied at George Washington University majoring in Business & French before deciding to pursue the fashion industry. After finding her footing with brief stints at YSL and Intermix, she officially began her fashion career at iconic retailer Hirshleifers. Today we discuss her non-traditional path to becoming a stylist, the biggest misconceptions about the job and how to maintain a good reputation, in an industry where relationships are everything. Enjoy.  IG: @julianasalazar  

22m
Jul 27
S4 EP5: This is Cala ft. Andrew Wyatt

Six years ago, Andrew Wyatt founded a fashion tech company called Cala.  Cala is a SAAS company that manages all of the backend logistics for designers. Essentially, you upload your design to the website and Cala will not only help you design it but will also produce it *and* ship it to your customers, for you.  It's technology that sounds too good to be true. Today, I ask Andrew a million questions about how the software works and we leaving no stone unturned, and he was able to answer every single one.  Full 90minute episode on Pateron.com/thecuttingroomfloor IG: @thisiscala  IG: @awhyit Website: Ca.la 

31m
Jul 13
S4 Ep4: Fashion Photography ft. Quil Lemons

Quil Lemons is a young, NYC based photographer.  FULL EPISODE: www.patreon.com/thecuttingroomfloor

19m
Mar 09
S4 EP3: The Wholesale Merchant feat. Shawn Pean

Shawn Pean is Brooklyn native who built his career as a wholesale merchant; starting at retailers like JC Penny & Saks Fifth Avenue and making his way to becoming a Vice President at Valentino and President at Balmain. Today we talk the journey.  Full Episode: www.patreon.com/thecuttingroomfloor  IG: @OMNDI    

21m
Feb 23
S4 EP2: Antidote feat. Lauren Amos & Eugene Rabkin

Antidote is a new luxury retailer located in Atlanta, Georgia and founded by Lauren Amos & Eugene Rabkin   To listen to the full episode: www.patreon.com/thecuttingroomfloor

9m
Feb 09
S4 EP1: T.A New York ft. Telsha Anderson

Telsha Anderson is the boutique owner of T.A New York, located in the Meatpacking District of New York City. 

28m
Jan 26
Season 3 Closer

A message of gratitude.  The next episode airs New Years Day.   

8m
Dec 15, 2021
S4 EP5: Elevating The Culture ft. June Ambrose

Full Episode : www.patreon.com/thecuttingroomfloor IG: @JUNEAMBROSE

10m
Nov 17, 2021
Style Zeitgeist ft. Eugene Rabkin

Eugene Rabkin is a writer and the founder of Style Zeitgeist. 

18m
Oct 22, 2021
S4 EP3: Fashionista.com Ft. Faran Krentcil

Faran Krentcil founded Fashionista.com & is an underrated woman in fashion media. 

21m
Oct 06, 2021
Mirror Palais ft. Marcelo Gaia

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18m
Sep 22, 2021
Black Frame ft. Brian Phillips

Brian Phillips founded the Fashion PR Company Black Frame which operated from 2004 until 2020. We discuss his POV on a what makes a talented publicist, what he's learned along the way and his ideas for the future.  patreon.com/thecuttingroomfloor 

53m
Sep 01, 2021
An Apology to the Jewish Communities

This is referencing the Tanning of America PT 1. 

5m
Jul 20, 2021
S3 EP 10: The Tanning of America feat. Leandra Medine

Leandra Medine was the founder of Man Repeller. A blog turned media company that operated from 2010 - 2020. In 2020 she stepped down from her company after she and the company were criticized for their performative solidarity with black lives. Leandra reflects on her time running a company and what she's learned about racism in America. Patreon.com/thecuttingroomfloor Leandra Medine: @leandramcohen Crystal Anderson: @beerbottles_chainsaws Mecca James Williams: @meccajw Sebastian Baptiste: @sebastianbaptiste Chrissy Rutherford: @chrissyford

1h 26m
Jul 12, 2021
S3 EP: 9 A Visual Lexicon feat. Christopher John Rogers

Today's episode is playful and relaxed. I talk so my friend Christopher John Rogers about his name sake brand and love for color.  www.patreon.com/thecuttingroomfloor @christopherjohnrogers

58m
Jun 23, 2021
S3 EP8: The Rag Trade Prince feat. Mickey Drexler

I launched a Patreon! Patreon.com/thecuttingroomfloor  Mickey Drexler has been in the fashion industry otherise known as "the rag trade" for over 40 years. Best known for running The Gap for 18 years and later Old Navy, J.Crew, Madewell and now working alongside his son Alex Drexler who founded Alex Mill, Mickey has a unique approach to leadership, shopkeeping, and selling goods at great value.  INSTAGRAM: @OMNDI TWITTER: @OMONDIPRESENTS PATREON: PATREON.COM/THECUTTINGROOMFLOOR

1h 15m
Jun 09, 2021
Quick Cut: Mid-Season's Greetings.

The season isn't over! New episodes early June 2021.  Just stopping by to say Hi & Thank You. 

11m
May 16, 2021
S3 EP7: Maker to Manager feat. Ibrahem Hasan

Ibrahem Hasan describes his role as a Senior Creative Director at Nike. Today, we dig into the structure of Nike as a huge, global organization or as Ibrahim calls it, "The Matrix." How many categories are there? What are their functions? Who are the appointed creative directors? How big are the teams and who's in charge of what? Born with raw talent on the south side of Chicago, Ibrahem learned on the job what it means to be a creative for a corporation. Today he describes the unspoken transition from being a "maker" to a "manager." 

1h 12m
Mar 24, 2021
S3 EP6: Ubiquity vs. Exclusivity feat. Shira Carmi

This a great episode for a young designers. I speak to Shira Carmi who is the former president of Mansur Gavriel and has since been named the CEO of Altuzarra. Shira is a business person; the kind that every design talent needs to know. She sits pole position between business and creativity with an understanding of how to service both sides. There's a lot a great business advice here. We talk about the challenge of over-distribution among e-commerce partners, why the CFDA/VOGUE/BARNEYS recipe doesn't guarantee a brand success and how true scarcity can help or hinder a brand depending on its authenticity.  IG: @shirasuecarmi

51m
Mar 10, 2021
S3 EP5: An American Atelier feat. Peter Do

Peter Do is greater than the sum of its parts. While his name is on the door, Peter makes clear that this is not a one man show. This is a company built on friendship and craftsmanship. I sit with the founders of Peter Do, LLC at their Brooklyn Studio. 

59m
Feb 24, 2021
S3 EP4: Girls Up For Grabs feat. James Scully

James Scully is a prominent casting director starting his career in PR & production over 25 years ago. This episode covers a lot. James walks us through Vogue Magazine before Anna Wintour, his time as a buyer at the avant garde NYC retailer Chari Vari and his experience producing Tom Ford's first show at Gucci. He describes the evolved role of the stylist & casting directors; some of which abused their power, revealing the dark side of the modeling industry. 

50m
Feb 10, 2021
S3 EP3: Change or Die feat. Mara Hoffman

In 2020 Mara Hoffman celebrated her 20th year in business, no small feat for any independently owned NYC brand. Today we speak on the many reincarnations of Mara Hoffman, finding sustainability in your existence, and the importance of never being 'too cool'. 

58m
Jan 27, 2021
S3 EP2: Mailbox Money feat. Allison Zamora

Today we talk about fashion licensing. Allison Zamora is a licensing executive who started her career at Calvin Klein and later went to LVMH. She walks us through the mechanism of licensing and how it's changed over the years. 

38m
Jan 13, 2021
S3 EP1: The End of Fashion feat. Teri Agins

Teri Agins covered fashion at The Wall Street Journal for 20 years. In 1999, she published her first book, A friend lent me the book and it collected dust on my desk for months before I decided to pick it up; at which point I couldn’t put it down. This book is fashion reporting unlike I’ve ever seen of the industry. As declared, “The End of Fashion rips into the underbelly of a world where marketing is king and often the emperor has no clothes.”

50m
Jan 01, 2021
The Cutting Room Floor: Season Recap

Recap of Season 1 & 2. Peak at Season 3. 

2m
Dec 26, 2020
S2 EP10: Tibi: An Evolving Identity Feat. Amy Smilovic

Amy Smilovic, the founder of Tibi, took a lifelong passion and created a burgeoning fashion label. Listen in as she relates why she took the leap into creating fashion, why she later made a major pivot in her brand, and what it has taken to keep everything moving and evolving in the ever-changing world of fashion. Amy is completely transparent about what it took to create Tibi as well all the twists and turns she’s navigated throughout the past 20 years since its creation. You won’t want to miss this in-depth look at a paragon of the fashion industry. TIME STAMPS __ __ LINKS & RESOURCES: OMONDI on Instagram OMONDI on Twitter OMONDI Newsletter Tibi http://www.tibi.com/ Tibi on Instagram http://instagram.com/tibi Tibi on Facebook Tibi on Pinterest http://pinterest.com/tibi/ Tibi on Twitter https://twitter.com/tibi Amy on Instagram by Mark McCormack Acquired Podcast https://www.acquired.fm/ Jack Ma https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Ma Song: Hell N Back by Bakar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdrNvQ4YCng

1h 5m
Oct 16, 2019
S2 EP9: The Afterlife of Clothing Feat. Liz Ricketts

What happens to our clothes once we get rid of them? Sustainability encourages that we ask *how* our clothes are made but few ask where they go at the end of their life cycle. Recorded at the University of Cincinnati, we sit down with former DAAP educator Elizabeth Ricketts about the clothing waste crisis, the invisible world of the second-hand clothing economy as seen in Accra, Ghana.  TIME STAMPS __ __   LINKS & RESOURCES:  The Indx https://theindx.com/ The University of Cincinnati - DAAP School of Design Burberry Clothing Fire Cradle to Cradle by William McDonough

53m
Sep 25, 2019
S2 EP8: Live at A/D/O feat. Nesli Danisman

Live at the Brooklyn design studio A/D/O we listen in as Nesli Danisman, founder of Angora Group, shares how she became an expert in sourcing materials around the world.  Starting in as an assistant to Ralph Lauren and sourcing for nearly a decade for Marc Jacobs, Nesli describes her mission with Angora Group to help companies develop the best products with the best factories around the world. We close it out with some heavy-hitting questions from the audience that you won’t want to miss.  TIME STAMPS (00:15) Welcome back! We are live from Greenpoint Brooklyn at A/D/O (01:12) Live introduction to the group at A/D/O. (03:44) Special shout out to our sponsor, Indx. (06:44) Intro: Nesli Danisman found of Angora Group. (08:25) What does Angora Group do? (10:11) … and what they don’t do. (11:57) Is it true that more designers come to Angora Group versus just people with money? (13:38) Nesli breaks down the 30/30/30 model. (15:27) The vision behind Kanye’s pieces… that never came to fruition. (16:40) Nesli shares some of the brands Angora Group has worked with. (17:36) Learn about the movement that was Charivari? (20:58) What it was like to work in Ralph Lauren’s home and then in his company. (22:16) Lab dips: what are they? (23:33) FIT and Marc by Marc Jacobs. (25:57) Why did Nesli leave MBMJ and how did she know she was ready to go out on her own? (27:39) MBMJ was Nesli’s first client and the Apple collaboration. (29:02) How does Nesli know so many people around the world? (30:11) What is a factory rat and why Nesli identifies with them? (31:15) Why is going to the factories so important and what do you learn? (33:59) Discovering new factories for the best products and materials. (36:31) Why teaching the client to fish is more economical and ethical than catching the fish. (39:11) The difference between development and production. (41:03) How PLMs help create efficiency in business and reduce waste. (42:43) Trends: what’s reoccurring? (44:24) Audience Q&A: superpower and where does Africa stand in the future of business. (46:51) Characteristics that successful people tend to have? Blindspots? (49:38) Does skillset and traditional schooling still matter? (52:08) Is it possible to teach the big players how to be more responsible and sustainable? (53:45) When did Nesli realize what she wanted to do? (54:56) Final thank you’s and acknowledgments. (57:57) Learn more about A/D/O. (58:52) Shout out to Mr. Omondi   LINKS & RESOURCES:  A/D/O https://a-d-o.com/ Indx https://theindx.com/ Angora Group https://www.angoragroup.com/ Nesli Danisman https://www.angoragroup.com/ Liz Claiborne https://www.lizclaiborne.com/ Christopher Bailey Burberry https://us.burberry.com/ Marc Jacobs https://www.marcjacobs.com/ Rebecca Minkoff https://www.rebeccaminkoff.com/ UNTUCKit https://www.untuckit.com/ Outdoor Voices https://www.outdoorvoices.com/ Charivari Tom Ford https://www.tomford.com/ Bergdorf Goodman https://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/ Armani https://www.armani.com/us/armanicom Yohji Comme https://www.commeusa.com/ The Antwerp Six https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antwerp_Six Ralph Lauren https://www.ralphlauren.com/ Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) https://www.fitnyc.edu/ LVMH https://www.lvmh.com/ Hermes https://www.hermes.com/us/en/ Vuitton https://www.louisvuitton.com/ Yunique PLM https://www.gerbertechnology.com/yuniqueplm/ Flex Backbone https://backboneplm.com/ Hill House Home https://www.hillhousehome.com/  

59m
Sep 14, 2019
S2 EP7: Live at Notre feat. Ava Nope

* Live at Notre Chicago, Ava Niuri (@avanope) is head of special projects at Marc Jacobs. We discuss her Australian upbringing, her time at Helmut Lang and what she describes as "catfishing" of the creative brain.   TIME STAMPS               

43m
Aug 13, 2019
S2 EP6: Intro to Denim ft. Tiia Richardson

A denim specialist with over twenty years of experience tells us why the best studied at the house of Levi's.    TIME STAMPS   

50m
Jul 09, 2019