Best of Spring

• Brooklyn-based Fanmail’s spring 2014 collection has arrived. Featuring jackets, shirts, shorts and tees made in organic cotton and hemp that is milled in Fair Wear Foundation certified mills.

• Turn your home into a sanctum. The huge 1.25 liter Santal 26 Concrete Candle is a gorgeous, substantial candle that will burn 150+ hours. Le Labo’s distinct fragrances have garnered a cult-following, and the Santal scent is my personal favorite. It’s GMO-free, vegan and cruelty-free. $420

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• See what’s up with KOWTOW’s bold graphic printed Portrait Tee. Made from premium 100% certified fair trade organic 190gsm cotton jersey and hand screen printed.

Zeal Optics frames are some of my favorite shapes. But what makes them even better is that they’re the only optics company that uses 100% plant-based materials to make their glasses, and the e-llume lenses are biodegradable. ZEAL is leading the way towards completely removing crude oil from sunglass production. E-llume lenses don’t skimp on protection or prevention either, with complete protection from UVA, B and C as well as HEV light. They even have a zero-waste Rx Lab – check out the video below for a glimpse into their lab.


• Shop UMASAN’s spring styles for layered pieces, asymmetrical and angular cuts, and a darker aesthetic. All materials are sourced and milled in Europe. The most high-tech, biodegradale, plant-based, vegan materials are used such as: MicroModal, Tencel, Smartcel, SeaCell, Soyfiber, Bamboo, ColdBlack, Energear and Protein Fiber.


• Get ready for tank tops. Groceries Apparel has both a Lyocell and recycled-poly tank to choose from (as well as great basic tees, shorts and sweatshirts).

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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