The online magazine Ozy covers people, places and trends on the horizon. Co-founder Carlos Watson joins All Things Considered regularly to tell us about the site's latest feature stories.
This week, Watson talks with host Arun Rath about the prevalence of high-end sweats acceptable for office wear. Not the semi-tacky, rhinestoned wear of the 1990s, but fancy items — like leather sweats — that might not actually work at the gym.
They also discuss the rise of a religious group called the Hebrew Roots Movement, which fuses elements of Christianity and Judaism.
Sweats Aren't Just For The Gym Anymore
"Marc Jacobs and Macy's and Lululemon and everybody else now seems to think that sweatpants are OK. ... The sales of kind of upper-end sweatpants, sweat shirts, fitness wear is up some 9 to 10 percent, versus 2 percent for the rest of the clothing market, so there's a little pop. ... The best way to make these work is: One, don't wear them overnight; and No. 2, be in the best shape you can be."
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Christianity And Judaism Meld In Hebrew Roots Movement
"We told the story of Rico Cortes, who, when he started to do some research about his roots, found out he had some ancient Jewish ancestry, started to read Torah and felt like there was more there for him. So, he's not prepared to call himself a Jew — he feels like that would involve putting Jesus aside, which is not something he wants to do. Now on the flip side, when you asked him, 'OK, why don't you call yourself a Christian?' He said because he feels like the Christians are too pagan, that they're not observant enough."
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