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The Brown Thomas Podcast
Come behind the scenes with us and listen to the most exciting voices in fashion and beauty on the all new
Brown Thomas Podcast. We open the podcast this autumn with a dynamic guest line-up
including; Rotate designers - Jeanette Madsen and Thora Valdimars, Maria Tash fine jewellery and luxury
piercing aficionado and New York based Irish influencer Erika Fox.
Hosted by broadcaster and radio presenter Louise Duffy, who is known for her warm and intelligent interview style, expect fascinating insight into fashion and beauty’s most talented stars. Tune in here…
This week we speak with Orlagh McCluskey, one of the founders of the ever growing contemporary fashion brand RIXO.
We hear of how two best friends Orlagh and Hanrietta met in fashion college in London and were brought together from their joint passion for vintage style. Inspired to create a brand and one-off pieces that suited all ages and women, RIXO was born, a fusion of original hand-painted prints and timeless silhouettes at an attainable price point.
CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
This week we celebrate International Women’s Day by looking back at all the inspiring, hardworking talented Women we’ve had the pleasure of speaking with over the last 20 Episodes of The Brown Thomas Podcast. Here are some of our favourite and most inspiring stories, we hope you enjoy.
We speak with the minds behind Flowstate – fitness coach John Belton and artist Al Maser on their recent collaboration and how the business all started as a passion project idea by Adrienne Murphy.
Flowstate yoga mats transform your everyday practice with exclusive Maser awe inspiring prints which you can then hang on your wall to enjoy. Join is for the next 30minutes and step into their world, learning the importance of meditation and mindfulness and their way of life – to go with the flow.
MELISSA ODABASH - FOUNDER AND CEO OF MELISSA ODABASH
In this episode, we are escaping the weather outside and looking forward to sunshine and summer with the queen of swimwear & former swimwear model, Melissa Odabash. Melissa guides us through her life, from growing up in New Jersey, living in Italy, to her home in London.
Having been credited with ‘re-introducing high fashion into the swimwear world’, Melissa continues to develop and construct pieces to enhance the silhouette. With charming stories about her start in the business, you can see why Melissa & her brand are loved by celebrities and influencers worldwide.
M.A.C COSMETICS DIRECTOR OF MAKEUP ARTISTRY, TERRY BARBER
We talk to legendary British make-up artist and Director of Makeup Artistry for M.A.C cosmetics Mr. Terry Barber. Terry is one of the brands most colourful, fashionable and creative ambassadors. His work regularly features in publications like Harper’s Bazaar, Dazed & Confused, i-D, GQ and Elle and he can frequently be found backstage at international fashion shows.
Since the 80s, Barber has regularly collaborated with some of fashion and music’s most influential names, working on music videos for Grace Jones, George Michael and Kylie Minogue and advertising campaigns for Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood
Keilidh Cashell is a makeup artist from Monaghan and one of the biggest social media beauty superstars with a combined fan base of over 1,000,000 across YouTube, Instagram, Tik Tok and more! Known for her weekly YouTube videos, Keilidh’s fun and creative makeup looks share step-by-step and product details to inspire her fans. We caught up with Keilidh when she recently visited Brown Thomas to talk all things make up, social media, career and Halloween; her favourite makeup moment and busiest time of the year!
NOELLE WOLF – FOUNDER OF NOELLE WOLF LINGERIE
Inspired by her personal passion for lingerie and following a very successful career as a fashion publicist, Noelle brings us on her journey to create her own lingerie brand. With a desire to rewrite the rules for lingerie and the modern woman, and in the new era of female empowerment, Noelle seeks to create lingerie for the female gaze. In this episode, Noelle brings us on her path of reinvention, discusses shifting mind sets and navigating the creation of her new lingerie brand.
KERRY O’BRIEN – FOUNDER AND CEO OF COMMANDO
From Vice President of one of the world’s largest financial PR firms to conquering the world of intimate apparel and bodywear, discover how Kerry O’Brien rose to the top of both industries. In this episode, Kerry gives us an incredible insight into her career path, her work ethic and how she professionally reinvented herself. Enjoy her inspiring story of how her career moved from mergers and acquisitions to the red carpet, the pages of Vogue magazine and the fashion industry.
MARCO BALDASSARI - CO-FOUNDER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF ELEVENTY
We talk to Marco Baldassari, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Eleventy. Discover the philosophy behind the luxury Italian menswear label; how to elevate yourself and elevate your mind with understated sophisticated style. Learn about their dedication to responsible, ethical fashion and how they are reinterpreting classics with a unique modern approach.
NICOLA ELLIOT – FOUNDER OF NEOM ORGANICS
Start off your New Year with an inspiring conversation with the founder and creative director of NEOM Organics, Nicola Elliott. Hear about what led the former fashion editor of Glamour magazine to start one of the UK’s fastest growing well-being companies. Discover tips from the magazine editor turned wellness entrepreneur on how to combat anxiety, advice on creating your essential well-being toolkit and how little changes can create a positive impact on your sleep and mental health.
This season’s most coveted party separates come by way of a super-cool, celebrity-loved London/Italian label, 16Arlington. We speak with designers Marco Capaldo and Kikka Cavenati about how the now couple and design duo met, the process and inspiration behind their glittering designs and who the 16Arlington girl is.
PESTLE AND MORTAR
We talk to Sonia Deasy, co-founder and CEO of one of Ireland’s fastest growing skincare brands; Pestle and Mortar. In 2004 Sonia launched the company with one product – pure Hyaluronic serum and a commitment to providing simple solutions for all skin types. Five years on Pestle and Mortar has grown into a full skincare range and is stocked in 31 countries across the globe.
Influencer, model, TV presenter and DJ, Vogue Williams is one of Ireland’s most loved personalities. In this episode of the Brown Thomas podcast, Vogue chats about her life, career, motherhood, social media, and reality TV, along with some of her favourite fashion influencers.
For anyone who has worn a Roland Mouret design, the experience is memorable. Join us as we speak with leading French designer Roland Mouret on his impeccable tailoring, ability to create clothes to contour the body and his iconic Galaxy dress. Tune in to discover how his journey began, the future of his fashion empire and the importance of understanding the female form.
Copenhagen’s brand of Scandi-cool is perfectly personified by fashion influencer, stylist and entrepreneur Pernille Teisbaek. Known for her effortless skill at dressing the trends of the moment by mixing catwalk pieces with off-kilter streetwear, she swears by the rule that you must dress for yourself. We caught up with her to hear more about her secrets of style, motherhood and love of interiors.
SHELLY CORKERY – BROWN THOMAS FASHION DIRECTOR
This week we’re joined by Brown Thomas Fashion Director, Shelly Corkery, one of the most influential names in Irish fashion. From her projects like CREATE and The Marvel Room to travelling six months of the year, tune in to discover what it takes to be a Fashion Director in the world of leading luxury brands.
Interiors maven Abigail Ahern talks to us about the world of interiors, about her journey from stylist to designer to founder of her own London-based brand, and also shares her insider secrets on how to create your perfect abode.
ERIKA FOX AKA RETRO FLAME
The fashion blogger and Kerry native, who lives and works in New York City as a lifestyle influencer, chats about her career, investing in luxury fashion and new ventures for the future.
ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS
Beauty pioneer and business woman Anastasia Saore of Anastasia Beverly Hills talks to the Brown Thomas Podcast about her rise to success. From growing up in Romania to moving to Los Angeles and becoming brow artist to the stars, we learn about how she changed the world’s brow game, her amazing charity initiatives helping young women and how Instagram has played integral role in her success.
We meet New Yorker Maria Tash who has built an empire on design-led piercing, boasting Gwyneth Paltrow, FKA Twigs and Candice Swanepoel among her loyal clientele. We spoke to Maria about inspiration, self-expression, what makes a truly unique ear curation and the secrets of her global success.
ROTATE BY BIRGER CHRISTENSEN
Stylists and fashion influencers Jeanette Madsen and Thora Valdimars talk to The Brown Thomas Podcast about how they met as fashion journalists, on being a street style phenomenon and how motherhood has brought new dimensions to their life and work.