Woll-less Waistcoats, Easy Sneaks & Flexitarians

Sometimes it can be tough avoiding the the wool industry when looking for a decent waistcoat. Here’s a couple wool-free options by Topman. And if you think wool is just a haircut, check out our pal Gary Smith’s article Pulling the Wool over our Eyes at Elephant Journal.


Grey suit waistcoatBlack Striped WaiscoatGreen tartan waistcoat

Overstock.com announced that it will no longer sell products made from exotic skins. According to company officials, the Salt Lake City-based online retailer “has removed from its site all apparel and accessory products which feature exotic animal skins, including snake, alligator, crocodile, lizard, ostrich, stingray, eel, shark or kangaroo and will no longer sell such products.” Thanks to PETA for cluing them in.


These sneaks are made of 100% organic cotton. Spring is just around the (very long, cold) corner!

White Organic TrainersBlue Organic Cotton Trainers

The world’s largest food service company, Compass Group, launched it’s Flexitarian initiative, which is aimed at expanding the variety and supply of meat-free options for its customers—promoting healthier, more sustainable and more humane eating.A “flexitarian” is someone who actively integrates meatless meals into his or her diet when possible but isn’t a full-time vegetarian.

Written by joshuakatcher

Joshua Katcher is an adjunct professor of fashion at Parsons The New School. His research focuses on sustainability and ethics in fashion production. He started The Discerning Brute in 2008 as a resource for men who want to make intelligent decisions concerning their lifestyles. With a focus on “fashion, food & etiquette for the ethically handsome man”, The Discerning Brute produces expert, essential content and boldly takes a stand. Brave GentleMan, the integrated, eCommerce brother-site of The Discerning Brute was launched in 2011 and features “principled attire” and “smart supplies” handpicked for informed indulgence.
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