Whoever thought we would revert to listening to radio programs like our grandparents once did? Much like radio shows did in the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s, podcasts are providing audio entertainment to a new generation of listeners in a plethora of forms, including mystery, beer, news, travel, and more. It’s rather refreshing to see people turn off and tune into everything, from Pod Save America to S-Town to Missing Richard Simmons — and the water cooler conversation is much more intelligent than when Big Brother was all the rage.
The men’s style arena has been a little lackluster in the podcast department until the launch of Blamo! in July 2016. On his fashion podcast, menswear veteran Jeremy Kirkland has sat down with editors, designers, and fellow bloggers for in-depth, one-on-one interviews that dig deep into each person’s backstory, careers, and personal life, all in the spirits of a ccasual conversation over a pint or two.
We recently caught up with Jeremy before he kicked off season three of the menswear podcast — and turned the tables on him, asking Jeremy a few questions to learn more about his career and thoughts on the industry.
Tell us a bit of your backstory.
Ha, my backstory is too long and embarrassing to get into.
I moved to New York City in 2005 from St. Louis, Missouri, to play music and try to be an adult. I ended up bouncing around to a few places (as one does) in the city and worked in the tech industry before moving into music and eventually the men’s fashion world.
How did you come up with the idea of Blamo!?
Throughout my life, I’ve been incredibly lucky to have interacted and met many folks and notable and fashion industries. I’ve always thought, “Man, my friend’s lives are so inspiring, I would love to share their stories to inspire and motivate others … I should record this!” Ha!
Who (or what) can we look forward to in the next season?
Sid Mashburn, Jim Moore, Nick Wooster, and a bunch more!
That age-old menswear media question: Where do you see the industry going?
Oh man, I’m horrible at answering this! I usually ask the same question. Honestly, I’m not 100 percent sure where the industry is going. The only thing that frustrates me is when I hear “people don’t like to shop anymore”. That’s not true; tons of people like to shop! The shopping experience needs to evolve, and, thankfully, it’s starting to. You’re seeing it, from browsing online and picking up in the store to custom experiences in store.
Any trends you are excited about seeing come in or phase out?
Honestly, I feel classic denim is coming back — high waist, full leg, bad ass.
What do you have going on this fall/winter?
In terms of clothes? I feel I’m getting more boring, but that’s okay. I’ll usually wear a few pieces I’ve picked up from Wooden Sleepers in Brooklyn and I always try to get some pieces from Nepenthes in midtown. Engineered Garments is still one of the best brands out there.
Anywhere you are eager to explore around the globe in 2018?