January 2, 2020

Making It Up 111: Shawn Stussy x Dior and Charis’ new podcast “To Bring Back”

On Making It Up 111, Charis and Eugene talk about the collaboration between Shawn Stussy and Kim Jones for Dior’s Pre-Fall 2020 collection. They also discuss “To Bring Back”, Charis’ new podcast, and air episode one. You can listen to “To Bring Back” on iTunes, Spotify, and your preferred podcast apps.

November 29, 2019

Making It Up 110: Access instead of ownership and reseller luxury

On Making It Up 110, Charis and Eugene talk about an article written by Alex Danco titled “Everything is Amazing, But Nothing is Ours” about how technology has evolved to be about access at the expense of ownership. They also discuss reseller platforms such as The RealReal and what their relationship is to the primary luxury market.


00:01:05 Nothing is ours

00:21:53 Reseller luxury

00:40:18 Banter


November 22, 2019

Making It Up 109: Feeling no pleasure in music and the anatomy of a TikTok hit

On Making It Up 109, Charis and Eugene talk about musical anhedonia, the condition where people feel no pleasure in music, and whether that has implications on the world of audio. They also discuss the anatomy of a TikTok hit and what kind of music goes viral on that platform.


00:00:55 Musical anhedonia
00:27:34 TikTok hits
00:41:19 Banter


November 14, 2019

Making It Up 108: Streaming services and tokenism

On Making It Up 108, Charis and Eugene talk about Disney+ and Apple TV+, two new streaming services, launching with series that cost an unprecedented amount of money per episode to make. They also discuss tokenism: what it is, how to deal with it, and whether there are silver linings to it.

November 2, 2019

Making It Up 107: New tech is a hard sell and rich people are really lucky

On Making It Up 107, Eugene and Charis discuss why new technology is difficult to convince people to adopt. They also talk about the habits of the ultra wealthy as well as a new study that shows a key factor in becoming very rich is luck.


00:01:20 Ultra wealthy
00:27:22 New tech
00:44:45 Banter


October 23, 2019

Making It Up 106: TikTok content moderation issues and Adobe blocks Venezuelan users

On Making It Up 106, Charis and Eugene talk about TikTok hiring a law firm to advise them on their content moderation policies due to increasing scrutiny of the app. They also discuss Adobe being required to block Venezuelan users from their products due to the latest sanctions on the country.


00:01:24 TikTok
00:19:32 Adobe
00:31:54 Banter


October 11, 2019

Making It Up 105: Bankrupt Forever 21 and esports apparel monetization

On Making It Up 105, Eugene and Charis discuss Forever 21 filing for bankruptcy and the evolving role of shopping malls. They also talk about the monetization of esports apparel and the possibilities for brands within the gaming industry.


00:01:22 Forever 21
00:20:12 Esports apparel
00:40:15 Banter


October 7, 2019

Making It Up 104: The MacArthur Grant and luxury’s position on climate crisis activism

On Making It Up 104, Charis and Eugene talk about the 2019 MacArthur Grant winners and how money supports innovative work. They also discuss Greta Thunberg, LVMH’s Bernard Arnault’s comments about her, and the relationship between luxury and climate crisis activists.

September 26, 2019

Making It Up 103: Influencer grammar and YouTube verification

On Making It Up 103, Eugene and Charis talk about whether good grammar matters, especially when it comes to material written by Southeast Asian influencers. They also discuss YouTube’s announcement regarding overhauling its verification program and then the quick walk-back of that announcement.


00:02:42 Influencer grammar
00:21:57 YouTube verification
00:43:15 Banter


September 19, 2019

Making It Up 102: Post-humous collections and unionizing

On Making It Up 102, Charis and Eugene discuss Frances Bean Cobain launching the “Kurt Was Here” clothing collection and what the purpose is of releasing post-humous products. They also talk about the union drive occurring at Kickstarter and how unions can function within companies.

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