Brave GentleMan Neckwear

I snapped these images at the tie factory I am using in NYC to construct the Brave GentleMan Neck-Wear Collection. The factory has been around since 1975. I painstakingly researched sustainable and vegan textiles for over a year in preparation for this! Fabrics ranging from organic cotton to recycled hemp to rPET (recycled-plastic-bottle-poly) blends will be featured. The most challenging aspect was finding a resource for sustainable and vegan interfacing. After a year of searching, I finally found a wonderful, hi-tech sustainable Japanese company that makes interfacing from rPET in a closed-loop plant in Japan.

What’s interfacing/interlining? Interfacing, also known as interlining, is the textile that provides support, form, and structure in menswear from ties to suits. Interfacing often goes unnoticed because it hides between the exterior fabric and the lining. Typically, clothing labels are not required to list what the interfacing is made out of and usually it’s horse-hair, wool, goat hair, conventional cotton canvas, virgin synthetics, or various blends of these things. Higher-end suits are almost always made with animal-hair interfacing because of the natural resilience.

You can expect some great styles from Brave GentleMan Neckwear! In addition to seeking out classic patterns, there will be three styles of tie: the 2.5″ neck tie (not a “skinny” tie, but not wide either. Right in the middle…), the butterfly bow tie and the straight bow tie.

Pre-order sales coming soon!

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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  • plantmade

    This is great! Can’t wait to see the complete line! Can you share the names of any of your fabric and interfacing distributors for vegan fashion students who are always on the lookout for the kindest fabrics possible?

  • Holdenshreds

    bring on the suits

  • Holdenshreds

    i think you meant to say right in the “middle”

  • Veganbiatch

    nice joshua!!

  • Guest

    Though I really love the concept and design behind most of the BGM products, and of course the ethos driving it, will there be any products that aren’t priced for the upper-middle/upper class? I’d love to don some of your threads, but I’d be lucky to afford a bow-tie at that markup. Is BGM going to remain inaccessible to anyone without a sizeable salary and loads of disposable income?

  • Messplaypc

    So excited!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Seriously can’t wait.