Brave GentleMan Capsule Collection

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After a successful event at the Alexander Gray Associates Gallery for New York Fashion Week, Brave GentleMan is releasing the items available at the event for online sales in very limited numbers. Made in New York City’s historic garment district, this capsule collection features luxurious, tweedy, Italian organic cotton naturally dyed in black, slate blue, French-milled herringbone with a subtle sharkskin shine made from a blend of organic cotton and recycled PET, a classic black twill made from organic cotton and recycled PET milled in India, and a supple, sequoia red-brown, Japanese future-suede born of post-industrial recycled PET. Also available are future-wool felt hats made from recycled soda bottles, and classic shirts in white and gray. $190 – $870 at BraveGentleMan.com

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UMASAN Spring Summer 2015

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UMASAN‘s presented their SS15 Collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin, offering up an “Urban Homage To The Freedom of The Nomadic, Bohemian Spirit”.

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An abandoned ice-rink with a live performance of Dante Alighieri’s work was the dramatic setting for the 4th successive season of the Award Winning high fashion, vegan brand UMASAN for their SS15 show, where the blending of genders was not so much a political statement as an embracing of a unisex future.
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The collection is an ode to the wandering traveller, a nomadic bohemian spirit intrinsic to the UMASAN DNA. However this journey was a spiritual one, a journey of self, almost dream like rather than a physical experience. Possibly a reference to Henry Miller, “one’s destination is never a place, but a way of seeing things.”
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The menswear collection is heavily influenced by luxe urban sportswear, with soft tailoring in the label’s staple fabrics of Tencel, SeaCell and cotton which offer free-flowing silhouettes that were styled with removable hood accessories and practical carryalls. A momentary slip, saw UMASAN’s strict palette of black and white confronted with a well-traveled, asymmetrical cut anorak in a rusted brown. The classic white shirt was injected with the quirky UMASAN touch, with off-centered buttons, while hooded sweat-shirts revealed edgy zip detailing at the back and t-shirts had lived-in slashed pockets.
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UMASAN, is the conceptual, vegan fashion brainchild of twin sisters, Anja and Sandra Umann, that has been on a roller coater of recognition since it’s launch in 2010. Widely known for their muted and austere, yet versatile and highly sophisticated ready-to-wear pieces they draw inspiration from the self and health style generation, yoga, art and literature. Sandra, a photographer, and Anja, ex designer for Yohji Yamamoto, combine their creative interests for a line that specialises in innovative materials, such as SeaCell and Tencel, together with interesting shapes to offer a fashion forward monochromatic aesthetic. There’s always something admirable when a label takes a forthright defiance and indifference to current fashion trends and this attitude and agenda is embodied in each of the predominantly masculine silhouettes boasting pristine German tailoring. It’s fun, unique and “the best black gear out there.”

 

 

Pharrell x G-Star Raw Team up with Sea Shepherd

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Pharrell Williams, music industry giant and serial-collaborator is also owner of Bionic Yarn, and has partnered with G-Star Raw and Sea Shepherd’s Project Vortex to create a fashion line that is made from the recycled plastic waste accumulating in the oceans. An estimated 10 tons of recycled marine debris were used in created the collection. The collection will be available through G-Star this September.Pharrellraw4

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NPR’s Special Series “Men in America” Looks At Vegans

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Men in America is a special series from NPR’s show All Things Considered that “…explores what it means to be a man in America today.” I was contacted by producer Neda Ulaby not too long ago because a friend of hers had directed her to The Discerning Brute. Here at TDB we focus a decent amount of energy exploring masculinity and the evolving definition of manhood, especially as it relates to animal protection, social justice and environmental issues. It’s my opinion that mainstream masculinity, which could also be referred to as commercial masculinity (the beer-beef-boobs-and-ball masculinity sold to us via commercials and pop-culture) is a major roadblock to sustainability for its dominance in our political, economic and social culture and its shaming of compassion, thoughtfulness, nurturing and other characteristics that are relegated to the realm of women, the effeminate, and the irrational.

Please take a few minutes to join the conversation by listening to the show and sharing your thoughts in the comments below.

For a more in-depth look at this topic, please visit our other posts – including some video interviews – that explore this very important issue:

Featured in this episode of All Things Considered are:

Joshua Katcher founder/creative dir. of Brave GentleMan & founder/editor of The Discerning Brute.
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Giacomo Marchese, competitive bodybuilder & founder of Plant-Built
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Dominick Thompson, Healthcare Executive, triathlete & founder of Iron Brukal
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Daniel Strong, chef & co-owner Chickpea & Olive
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Cornell Ward, MMA fighter co-host Walking Alone Podcast
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Vivienne Westwood “Moral Outrage” SS15

Vivienne Westwood’s SS15 show in Milan was all about being bold. Bold patterns and colors inspired by the pixelated graphics of 1970s arcade games – and a bold message: moral outrage at factory farming of animals. Partner Andreas Kronthaler says on their website, “Vivienne & I are both vegetarians but we are urging people who do eat meat to always find out where it is coming from and to avoid meat from animal factories.”

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And backstage in an interview with Dazed, he also stated “It’s not just about pig farming but any animal farming. What’s going on out there is a disgrace. I’m a vegetarian and I don’t tell people not to eat meat but cutting down is not bad. One day a week makes a big difference, environmentally and even health-wise. The way we keep animals is awful,” Andreas Kronthaler said backstage. “For me as an activist, this is what an activist should look like – someone who cares about what’s going on out there.”

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