EPISODE 50 :: Mandy Kordal of Kordal Studio - Knitting on Machines & Local and International Production

The Close Knit podcast aims to hold space for conversation about the ways we use fiber to process life and world events


 In episode 50 of the Close Knit Podcast, I spoke to Mandy Kordal of Kordal Studio. Mandy is someone I have admired for so long - every single collection she’s designed has just made me swoon, and it was such a treat to bring her onto the podcast this month. She walks me all the way back to her earliest memory of working with textiles - influenced by her grandmother and her mother, who are both talented designers and sewists. 


As has been my line of inquiry lately - this year, actually, I wanted to understand how Mandy went from altering and painting on her clothes as a kid to running a knitwear and now woven-ware clothing line. How her interest was piqued by a neighbor, leading her to study fashion design and taking a class in machine knitting - which informs her garment design and making presently. 

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We discuss the subtleties of machine knitwear design, fiber sourcing, and how being a values-driven brand, as a concept, is an evolution. Mandy talks me through their partnerships with weavers and mills in Peru and Guatemala and how these relationships have evolved over the course of Kordal’s existence. Listen on for our whole chat! Thanks for tuning in! 


I wanted to pause for a moment to acknowledge that this is the 50th episode of the Close Knit Podcast. 

50 whole episodes! That just feels like a real milestone to me. 

And I just wanted to say thanks. Thank you for listening, and for supporting the podcast. If you’re already pledging on patreon, I so appreciate you. And if you’ve enjoyed the podcast thus far, you can support the podcast to continue to exist by pledging through patreon

Over the course of this last year, your support has helped me pay my bills, hire an editor, and offset website maintenance costs. It’s been an enormous help and it really does enable me to work on this project long term, in a sustainable way. 

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50 freaking episodes - what a humbling joy it has been to produce this work with and for you. 

Your support means the world to me. 

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