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Jason Campbell & Henrietta Gallina

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Welcome to The Conversations - with Jason Campbell and Henrietta Gallina. We started our DIY podcast as a means to document our frequent conversations about fashion and culture. We're hoping to develop and evolve our outlook throughout this process and speak to others who can help to inform and push our conversations forward. We're just two friends with a lot opinions and we hope you enjoy and participate in The Conversations.

Latest Episodes

A Conversation With Leandra Medine Cohen: On Introspection

The racial unrest swept across the fashion industry like a tsunami, blindsiding and swiftly sidelining many, primarily female, executives in its wake. Leandra Medine Cohen founder of the popular fashion and lifestyle website Man Repeller is one such executive who “step(ed) back” from her CEO role, leaving the reigns in the hands of her team, announcing at the time that “the team deserves a chance to show you what Man Repeller can be with me on the sidelines.” Since her announcement in early June, Cohen has remained silent on just what happened to induce her sudden departure until this month with the launch of her newsletter - the first letter announcing her come back. We invited Leandra to speak to us this episode to discuss the topic of introspection - what that looks like for her, the process that got her to this point and the elements that helped her along this path. We hope you enjoy this episode! DM us on Instagram @TheConversations.Podcast and let us know what you think. Please also subscribe and rate this podcast (*****), we appreciate all you support :)

73 minAUG 23
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A Conversation With Leandra Medine Cohen: On Introspection

WAP - WTF or Female Empowerment?

ECardi B and Megan Thee Stallion's hyper-sexualized single and video WAP (Wet Ass Pussy) has been the main topic of cultural conversation this week. Raw and definitely unapologetic, these female superstars rap of their honeytrap sexual prowess and the ensuing wet rewards. Reminiscent of the raunchy tracks from Lil Kim’s 90s heyday, nothing is left to the imagination in lyrics that demands not suggests, “bring(ing) a bucket and a mop for this wet pussy.” The sexualized narrative in WAP’s lyrics and video paints the woman having agency over her body and sexual pleasure. But the discourse in the Culture posits, is this display vulgar, sending the wrong message and thus culturally damaging or is it simply the embodiment of female expression and empowerment? We discuss this and ask the broader question in this episode, does WAP represent a positive or negative reflection on the Culture? We would love to hear what you think about this very charged conversation - DM us on Instagram @TheConversations. Podcast. Please also subscribe and rate this podcast (*****), we appreciate all you support :)

47 minAUG 16
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WAP - WTF or Female Empowerment?

A Conversation With Bandana Tewari: Will There Be a Mass Exodus From Fashion?

It didn’t take a global pandemic for Bandana Tewari to rethink her future role in fashion. Four years ago, the former Vogue India Fashion Director, left the glamour and excess of that title behind, and moved from Bombay to Bali to work independently as a fashion journalist and sustainability activist. Tewari calculated to stay in fashion in a more beneficent role, still showing support for creativity while promoting slowed production. But for so many other fashion professionals, the reality of whether they can remain a part of a profits-over-product, profits by-any-means-necessary industry, is a moral question and for a contingent may no longer be a choice, but an inevitable outcome — in no small parts deepened by the pandemic, economic downturn, racial fallout, harmful environmental impact, constant exposure of unethical labor, wage and manufacturing processes, toxic work cultures and technological takeover. On this episode, Bandana Tewari joins us to discuss how the industry values have changed in the last 20 years, her journey advocating for sustainability and why we should expect a mass exodus from fashion. We hope you enjoy this conversation! Please let us know what you think and also subscribe, rate this podcast (*****) and follow us on Instagram @TheConversations.Podcast for more.

50 minAUG 8
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A Conversation With Bandana Tewari: Will There Be a Mass Exodus From Fashion?

Has Fashion Lost Its Center?

The current call to address the systemic and structural ills across fashion has exposed an already broken industry that was undergoing significant disruption to its purpose and values.But the sheer breath and scope of thedemands for deep industry-wide clean up due to issues ranging from rampant sexual assault to toxic work culture, nepotism to racism, begs the question, how does the industry plan to go about instituting these much needed changes? Discussingissues of leadership and secession, journalism, critical thought and system vs segment or democracy, in this episode we ask, has fashion lost its center? We hope you enjoy this conversation! Please let us know what you think and also subscribe, rate this podcast (*****) and follow us on Instagram @TheConversations.Podcast for more.

34 minAUG 3
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Has Fashion Lost Its Center?

What Did You Think of 'The Remix: Hip Hop x Fashion' Documentary?

In this episode, we talk about the new Netflix documentary 'The Remix: Hip Hop x Fashion'. We discuss our immediate reactions and the main themes we thought about within it, as the film works to capture the influence of Black culture and specifically Hip Hop culture on global fashion, the making of the multi-billion dollar streetwear category and celebrate the stories of unsung icons including Misa Hylton and April Walker. We hope you enjoy this conversation! Please let us know what you think and also subscribe, rate this podcast (*****) and follow us on Instagram @TheConversations.Podcast for more.

28 minJUL 25
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What Did You Think of 'The Remix: Hip Hop x Fashion' Documentary?

To Cancel or Not to Cancel: Cancel Culture?

In general terms, the emergent cancel culture movement targets to empower the voice of the marginalized to hold oppressors and abusers accountable to their myriad offenses. But as quickly as the movement is taking hold, so has the pushback. “Has to cancel culture gone too far?”, “It’s getting out of hand if it hasn’t already,” are some effective headlines aiming to discredit the calling out and actions demanded for all things from genuine human rights injustices (including toxic work environment, racism, sexual harassment) tosubjective behavior across fashion and culture. Upholders of the status quo are having a field day leaning on the annihilative implications in the word “cancel” to delegitimize this movement. With the threat of reducing this culture war to arguing semantics and distracting from the important work to be done, we revisit our 2018 “Call-Out Culture,” episode, with "To Cancel or Not to Cancel", that is the question. We hope you enjoy this conversation! Ple...

32 minJUL 20
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To Cancel or Not to Cancel: Cancel Culture?

A Conversation With Qianna Smith Bruneteau & Chrissy Rutherford: The American Influencer Council

For millions of influencers, the rapid rise of the largely unregulated $8 billion influencer marketing economy has resulted in little to zero labor rights protection, disproportionate endorsement rates, multiple practices of racial bias (including visibility and pay inequities), as well as the easy trap of falling foul of community guidelines. This is all compounded by the current demand for authentic, purpose driven, messaging — while maintaining a stellar, inoffensive online footprint, among other minefields to navigate in the content creating space — influencers are often left to simply figure it out for themselves. And with no shortage of critics of their perceived undeserved success, it’s not surprising influencers would organize to bring some regulation to their livelihood. The American Influencer Council, a newly formed trade organization has stepped in to replace the current trial and error approach to influencer marketing with policy and protection written “by creators ...

67 minJUL 13
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A Conversation With Qianna Smith Bruneteau & Chrissy Rutherford: The American Influencer Council

With the Race Issue in Fashion, Is There an Element Where We as Black People Are Doing It to Ourselves?

A damning Medium essay, titled 'The Truth About Essence', was published last week detailing a toxic culture of abuse, intimidation and underpayment at Black-owned, Black run Essence Magazine. Authored by a group of employees named Black Female Anonymous - this stunning unfolding in the midst of the rise of several Black-led professional groups demanding equity across the fashion industry - inspired us revisit our Black leadership episode from last year. Additionally, during this time, a recentNew York Times article, 'It's Time to End Racism in the Fashion Industry. But How?' detailed several Black groups and their varying, not yet unified initiatives, aimed at changing the current oppressive structure of racial inequality in fashion. The article insinuates that the disparate Black voices lack a collective game plan or more salaciously, are in competition. Journalistic devise notwithstanding,the journey to dismantling white supremacy in fashion is froth with some issues within the Black community also, including the desire to uphold toxic and elitist systems, Black oppressors, and in parts the ruthless advancement of personal and territorial agendas.In this episode, we ask as it pertains to the race issue in fashion; is there an element where we as Black people are doing it to ourselves? This is a very delicate topic, but as always, we hope you get involved and let us know your thoughts - a conversation is key! Please also subscribe, rate this podcast (*****) and follow us on Instagram @TheConversations.Podcastfor more.

38 minJUL 8
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With the Race Issue in Fashion, Is There an Element Where We as Black People Are Doing It to Ourselves?

A Conversation With A Current Affair: Discussing Current Affairs in Fashion

To kick off their virtual, vintage shopping weekend (#avirtualaffair), vintage platform A Current Affair,invited us to an Instagram Live conversation tailored to this influential and growing fashion community.We touch on the genesis and near three year history of this podcast, our roles in fashion and discuss the current events, bringing context and summary to the racial climate that’s led to the disruption and falloutacross our industry.And finally we talk about the vintage community; the joy and sustainability they bring to the fashion business. Join Jason at 2.30 EST today (June 27th) for his Instagram Live show @jasoncampbellstudios where he’ll be selling a selection of vintage clothing and accessories. **PLEASE EXCUSE THE AUDIO QUALITY FROM THIS LIVE SESSION, WE HAD A COUPLE OF TECHNICAL ISSUES - WE HOPE YOU ENJOY THE SUBSTANCE OF THE CONVERSATION NONETHELESS**

28 minJUN 27
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A Conversation With A Current Affair: Discussing Current Affairs in Fashion

A Conversation With Mory Fontanez: A Fashion Solution - Revolution or Reform?

As companies are starting to seriously examine the damaging issues of racial inequality, micro-aggression, toxic work culture and unjust systems, a more sustainable, compassionateapproach to conducting business is demanded of our C-suite leaders. And while the revolution in the streets is the agency for much needed social changes taking place across industries, how are companies to go about transforming from a shareholder interested, profits-led business to one of connectedness, compassion and diversity?And are the steps to change one of gradual reform or should business leaders bring the radical energy from the streets to the corporate suites? In this episode, we’re joined by values-based strategist, transformation consultant and founder, CEO of 822 Group, Mory Fontanezto discuss her methodology that involves quieting the “chaos” that consume work environments, while rooting out systemic issues and working with businesses leaders on a “cellular” level “to create purpose-drive...

46 minJUN 20
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A Conversation With Mory Fontanez: A Fashion Solution - Revolution or Reform?

Latest Episodes

A Conversation With Leandra Medine Cohen: On Introspection

The racial unrest swept across the fashion industry like a tsunami, blindsiding and swiftly sidelining many, primarily female, executives in its wake. Leandra Medine Cohen founder of the popular fashion and lifestyle website Man Repeller is one such executive who “step(ed) back” from her CEO role, leaving the reigns in the hands of her team, announcing at the time that “the team deserves a chance to show you what Man Repeller can be with me on the sidelines.” Since her announcement in early June, Cohen has remained silent on just what happened to induce her sudden departure until this month with the launch of her newsletter - the first letter announcing her come back. We invited Leandra to speak to us this episode to discuss the topic of introspection - what that looks like for her, the process that got her to this point and the elements that helped her along this path. We hope you enjoy this episode! DM us on Instagram @TheConversations.Podcast and let us know what you think. Please also subscribe and rate this podcast (*****), we appreciate all you support :)

73 minAUG 23
Comments
A Conversation With Leandra Medine Cohen: On Introspection

WAP - WTF or Female Empowerment?

ECardi B and Megan Thee Stallion's hyper-sexualized single and video WAP (Wet Ass Pussy) has been the main topic of cultural conversation this week. Raw and definitely unapologetic, these female superstars rap of their honeytrap sexual prowess and the ensuing wet rewards. Reminiscent of the raunchy tracks from Lil Kim’s 90s heyday, nothing is left to the imagination in lyrics that demands not suggests, “bring(ing) a bucket and a mop for this wet pussy.” The sexualized narrative in WAP’s lyrics and video paints the woman having agency over her body and sexual pleasure. But the discourse in the Culture posits, is this display vulgar, sending the wrong message and thus culturally damaging or is it simply the embodiment of female expression and empowerment? We discuss this and ask the broader question in this episode, does WAP represent a positive or negative reflection on the Culture? We would love to hear what you think about this very charged conversation - DM us on Instagram @TheConversations. Podcast. Please also subscribe and rate this podcast (*****), we appreciate all you support :)

47 minAUG 16
Comments
WAP - WTF or Female Empowerment?

A Conversation With Bandana Tewari: Will There Be a Mass Exodus From Fashion?

It didn’t take a global pandemic for Bandana Tewari to rethink her future role in fashion. Four years ago, the former Vogue India Fashion Director, left the glamour and excess of that title behind, and moved from Bombay to Bali to work independently as a fashion journalist and sustainability activist. Tewari calculated to stay in fashion in a more beneficent role, still showing support for creativity while promoting slowed production. But for so many other fashion professionals, the reality of whether they can remain a part of a profits-over-product, profits by-any-means-necessary industry, is a moral question and for a contingent may no longer be a choice, but an inevitable outcome — in no small parts deepened by the pandemic, economic downturn, racial fallout, harmful environmental impact, constant exposure of unethical labor, wage and manufacturing processes, toxic work cultures and technological takeover. On this episode, Bandana Tewari joins us to discuss how the industry values have changed in the last 20 years, her journey advocating for sustainability and why we should expect a mass exodus from fashion. We hope you enjoy this conversation! Please let us know what you think and also subscribe, rate this podcast (*****) and follow us on Instagram @TheConversations.Podcast for more.

50 minAUG 8
Comments
A Conversation With Bandana Tewari: Will There Be a Mass Exodus From Fashion?

Has Fashion Lost Its Center?

The current call to address the systemic and structural ills across fashion has exposed an already broken industry that was undergoing significant disruption to its purpose and values.But the sheer breath and scope of thedemands for deep industry-wide clean up due to issues ranging from rampant sexual assault to toxic work culture, nepotism to racism, begs the question, how does the industry plan to go about instituting these much needed changes? Discussingissues of leadership and secession, journalism, critical thought and system vs segment or democracy, in this episode we ask, has fashion lost its center? We hope you enjoy this conversation! Please let us know what you think and also subscribe, rate this podcast (*****) and follow us on Instagram @TheConversations.Podcast for more.

34 minAUG 3
Comments
Has Fashion Lost Its Center?

What Did You Think of 'The Remix: Hip Hop x Fashion' Documentary?

In this episode, we talk about the new Netflix documentary 'The Remix: Hip Hop x Fashion'. We discuss our immediate reactions and the main themes we thought about within it, as the film works to capture the influence of Black culture and specifically Hip Hop culture on global fashion, the making of the multi-billion dollar streetwear category and celebrate the stories of unsung icons including Misa Hylton and April Walker. We hope you enjoy this conversation! Please let us know what you think and also subscribe, rate this podcast (*****) and follow us on Instagram @TheConversations.Podcast for more.

28 minJUL 25
Comments
What Did You Think of 'The Remix: Hip Hop x Fashion' Documentary?

To Cancel or Not to Cancel: Cancel Culture?

In general terms, the emergent cancel culture movement targets to empower the voice of the marginalized to hold oppressors and abusers accountable to their myriad offenses. But as quickly as the movement is taking hold, so has the pushback. “Has to cancel culture gone too far?”, “It’s getting out of hand if it hasn’t already,” are some effective headlines aiming to discredit the calling out and actions demanded for all things from genuine human rights injustices (including toxic work environment, racism, sexual harassment) tosubjective behavior across fashion and culture. Upholders of the status quo are having a field day leaning on the annihilative implications in the word “cancel” to delegitimize this movement. With the threat of reducing this culture war to arguing semantics and distracting from the important work to be done, we revisit our 2018 “Call-Out Culture,” episode, with "To Cancel or Not to Cancel", that is the question. We hope you enjoy this conversation! Ple...

32 minJUL 20
Comments
To Cancel or Not to Cancel: Cancel Culture?

A Conversation With Qianna Smith Bruneteau & Chrissy Rutherford: The American Influencer Council

For millions of influencers, the rapid rise of the largely unregulated $8 billion influencer marketing economy has resulted in little to zero labor rights protection, disproportionate endorsement rates, multiple practices of racial bias (including visibility and pay inequities), as well as the easy trap of falling foul of community guidelines. This is all compounded by the current demand for authentic, purpose driven, messaging — while maintaining a stellar, inoffensive online footprint, among other minefields to navigate in the content creating space — influencers are often left to simply figure it out for themselves. And with no shortage of critics of their perceived undeserved success, it’s not surprising influencers would organize to bring some regulation to their livelihood. The American Influencer Council, a newly formed trade organization has stepped in to replace the current trial and error approach to influencer marketing with policy and protection written “by creators ...

67 minJUL 13
Comments
A Conversation With Qianna Smith Bruneteau & Chrissy Rutherford: The American Influencer Council

With the Race Issue in Fashion, Is There an Element Where We as Black People Are Doing It to Ourselves?

A damning Medium essay, titled 'The Truth About Essence', was published last week detailing a toxic culture of abuse, intimidation and underpayment at Black-owned, Black run Essence Magazine. Authored by a group of employees named Black Female Anonymous - this stunning unfolding in the midst of the rise of several Black-led professional groups demanding equity across the fashion industry - inspired us revisit our Black leadership episode from last year. Additionally, during this time, a recentNew York Times article, 'It's Time to End Racism in the Fashion Industry. But How?' detailed several Black groups and their varying, not yet unified initiatives, aimed at changing the current oppressive structure of racial inequality in fashion. The article insinuates that the disparate Black voices lack a collective game plan or more salaciously, are in competition. Journalistic devise notwithstanding,the journey to dismantling white supremacy in fashion is froth with some issues within the Black community also, including the desire to uphold toxic and elitist systems, Black oppressors, and in parts the ruthless advancement of personal and territorial agendas.In this episode, we ask as it pertains to the race issue in fashion; is there an element where we as Black people are doing it to ourselves? This is a very delicate topic, but as always, we hope you get involved and let us know your thoughts - a conversation is key! Please also subscribe, rate this podcast (*****) and follow us on Instagram @TheConversations.Podcastfor more.

38 minJUL 8
Comments
With the Race Issue in Fashion, Is There an Element Where We as Black People Are Doing It to Ourselves?

A Conversation With A Current Affair: Discussing Current Affairs in Fashion

To kick off their virtual, vintage shopping weekend (#avirtualaffair), vintage platform A Current Affair,invited us to an Instagram Live conversation tailored to this influential and growing fashion community.We touch on the genesis and near three year history of this podcast, our roles in fashion and discuss the current events, bringing context and summary to the racial climate that’s led to the disruption and falloutacross our industry.And finally we talk about the vintage community; the joy and sustainability they bring to the fashion business. Join Jason at 2.30 EST today (June 27th) for his Instagram Live show @jasoncampbellstudios where he’ll be selling a selection of vintage clothing and accessories. **PLEASE EXCUSE THE AUDIO QUALITY FROM THIS LIVE SESSION, WE HAD A COUPLE OF TECHNICAL ISSUES - WE HOPE YOU ENJOY THE SUBSTANCE OF THE CONVERSATION NONETHELESS**

28 minJUN 27
Comments
A Conversation With A Current Affair: Discussing Current Affairs in Fashion

A Conversation With Mory Fontanez: A Fashion Solution - Revolution or Reform?

As companies are starting to seriously examine the damaging issues of racial inequality, micro-aggression, toxic work culture and unjust systems, a more sustainable, compassionateapproach to conducting business is demanded of our C-suite leaders. And while the revolution in the streets is the agency for much needed social changes taking place across industries, how are companies to go about transforming from a shareholder interested, profits-led business to one of connectedness, compassion and diversity?And are the steps to change one of gradual reform or should business leaders bring the radical energy from the streets to the corporate suites? In this episode, we’re joined by values-based strategist, transformation consultant and founder, CEO of 822 Group, Mory Fontanezto discuss her methodology that involves quieting the “chaos” that consume work environments, while rooting out systemic issues and working with businesses leaders on a “cellular” level “to create purpose-drive...

46 minJUN 20
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A Conversation With Mory Fontanez: A Fashion Solution - Revolution or Reform?
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