You and a guest have the chance to win tickets to see Vaute by Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart at New York Fashion Week this Wednesay February 6th, 11:30 am-12:30 pm. Vaute is the first 100% vegan and sustainable brand to show at New York Fashion week which is pretty historic. Hilgart’s label has taken leaps and bounds in the last two years, opening her flagship store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and developing an entire collection that is inspiring, ambitious and stunning. And yes, there’s menswear, which is why you should be there!


10 people and their guest will be hand-selected by Ms. Hilgart herself, based on their answers below in the comment section. The contest is today only! Comments will close at midnight.

Leanne asks, “What men’s apparel piece would you love to see more ethical options for?”

Good luck and hope to see you there!



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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  • Lauryna Simkelyte

    We love NC fashion week in Germany, we always watch in YouTube, best wishes from germany: großhandel für wiederverkäufer

  • Khabir Uddin Mughal

    I’ll believe in egalitarian fashion when I my “business casual” options include shirts without sleeves. Regards, wholesale clothing for men

  • Hannah

    Shoes, belts and wallets which are still very classic yet are vegan

  • Syonara Clementines

    contests make for comments…

  • kp

    Belts, bags and shoes. I want breathable, durable, supple, glossy, light weight faux skin fabrics. We need to science up this shiz so it can actually compete with leather and win.

  • Quasi Joeburden

    shoes. we’ve come a long way but i’ve got to say 80% of what’s available is not my cup of tea. Classic mod styles from my youth (monkey boots, loafers, a quality brogue.

  • Boston

    As a woman, I love shoes! But I think a great shoe on a man makes the difference. A guy can dress up with a great suit, but his shoe is what ties together the look. Right now, the best shoes in the industry are all cow-hide leather or even snakeskin. When it comes to individuals who are vegan, it is very difficult to find a great, stylish men’s shoe. I really hope to see more vegan friendly options when it comes to shoes and clothing in general, but men’s shoes are really in need of this fashion advancement!

  • Kristin

    Coats and shoes! Vaute has coats covered (thank God) but we need more shoe options!

  • Createspeace

    Jackets. Guys look so sexy in a great jacket and even sexier if they are wearing a compassionate label.

  • Jonathan VanWettering

    Accessories, Accessories, Accessories!!! Always on the hunt for beautiful shoulder bags but can rarely find a classic vegan bag. SHOES are very concentrated to one or two great brands. Love the Discerning Brute line and wish there were more vegan brands readily available like his. WALLETS!!! I love a sleek classic wallet. Usually vegan wallets are made from felt, recycled tires, or very very chunky which I AM ALL FOR but I want something classic that tucks away nicely. UNDERWEAR! Now I know most mens underwear is vegan but most are definitely NOT ethically friendly to the environment. I would love to find a comfortable pair of underwear that are chemical free and sustainable to the earth. I could on but I think that covers it for now :)

  • Colby Wong

    Belts! I can’t tell you how many ugly belts there are out there and mostly leather! Not only did an animal have to die for the belt but it’s so ugly no one wants to wear it!

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  • Emma

    Living with a man who is very picky I would love to see more options for his flannel.It’s hard to find flannel that is warm but animal free. Vegan flannels are hard to come by and my guy loves the cold but he also loves his animal friends! I would love for him to be warm and keep our compassion strong.

  • Amanda Rose

    Being a vegan female myself I want to live my values daily in any way that I can. This is especially true when choosing gifts for people (especially men), I always like to get them something vegan just to plant the seed of compassion in their hearts. I would love to see a wider range of small men’s accessories such as belts and wallets.

  • Anders Uhl

    Shoes. Women’s shoes are made out of all sorts of materials and in all sorts of styles. There is a serious lack of design and material creativity in mens shoes. Plastic leather (which is so rarely a good option) seems one of the only choices in more formal or “lifestyle”mens vegan foot wear. Thanks!

  • Alexander Ryan

    As a 20 year old vegan male I find myself most frustrated when shopping for a proper jacket. While there are occasional vegan-friendly offerings from companies like Barbour and Belstaff, I do have trouble maintaining a classic and simplified aesthetic while also avoiding wool, down, and leather. That is what excites me most about the Vaute line for men, and I would love to be at the show to witness the start of what I believe to be a bright and lucrative future in ethical and sustainable fashion.

  • Esty Stein

    Wallets- really hard to find vegan wallets that are nice/classy and don’t look like they are geared towards kids.

  • Allie

    Boots for stompin out those people who wear fur!

  • Dillon

    More masculine handbags.

  • Lisa Guse

    Being the daughter of a taylor and owner of a men’s clothing store for over 40 years, I would love to see suits made without a stitch of wool. Growing up I was taught the more wool the better the suit. I’ve grown to realize this is not true. Also my Dad is a huge fan of polyester come to find out a suit made of polyester ,could look just as expensive. But it’s not the 70’s anymore and there are many more fabrics to make a suit out of.