Fashion & Animals Talk at NYU


I’m thrilled to be presenting an exciting talk on Fashion & Animals at The New York University Animal Studies Initiative on April 7th 2015. What’s even better news is that this talk is open to the public! Please RSVP by clicking here.

Tuesday, April 7th, 6:15 pm
194 Mercer Street, Room 306
New York, NY 10003

Joshua Katcher is adjunct professor of fashion at Parsons The New School, the founder of fashion house Brave GentleMan and The Discerning Brute, a men’s lifestyles website. Drawing from over five years of research and his forthcoming book, Fashion & Animals, Katcher will talk about ethical fashion and the contradictions that plague contemporary fashion: how our fascination with other creatures, whether wild or tamed, coexists with use of their body parts as desirable clothes; how the imagery of fashion industrial media complex so often pairs models with adorable furry animals such as cubs, kittens and lamb, while wearing fur, leather and wool; and how overcoming our cognitive dissonance and growing awareness and compassion can not only help promote a cruelty-free, aspirational and popular approach to fashion, but can solve large-scale problems and invigorate innovation.

Katcher has been named 2014 Man of the Year for COCO ECO Magazine, called a “force” (W Magazine), a “modern day hero in the making” (The Wild Magazine), a “Vegan superstar” (, “ethical style icon” (VegNews) and praised as promoting “The New Sexy Vegan” (The Guardian) .
This event is supported by NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study.
The Animal Studies Initiative is an integral part of the Department of Environmental Studies and hosts a series of events throughout the year. For more information, visit our website here

Joshua Katcher on Rich Roll Podcast

Ultramarathoner, plant-power authority and lifestyle expert Rich Roll has a massive following. If you aren’t already tuned in to the fantastic work he’s doing, you should be! I had the honor of being interviewed on Rich’s highly-acclaimed podcast a few days ago, and I’m so excited to share it with you! We discuss reimagining fashion as environmentally and ethically sound, and talk about everything from masculinity to mass media.

I should also mention that Rich and Julie’s new book, The Plantpower Way is something you should definitely pre-order right away!

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Vegan Fashion Talk: Issues & Innovations

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86 Kent Ave Brooklyn, NY, 11249 United States


The Ethical Writers Coalition presents a round-table discussion on vegan fashion and sustainability. This exciting event features moderator Joshua Katcher (adjunct professor at Parsons The New School, founder of Brave Gentleman, and editor at The Discerning Brute), with fellow vegan fashion designers discussing the challenges and latest innovations, from high-tech, low-impact synthetics to lab-grown leather. It’s a must for aspiring designers, stylish vegans, and anyone interested in sustainable fashion. Join us for an inspiring conversation over refreshments from Little Choc Apothecary. Ask questions, meet the designers, and learn what’s next for cruelty-free design.

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International recording artist Joya Bravo will be performing with her electric violin at 7:30 before the panel gets underway.

Gardeners of Eden, James Payne SLIP

Jame Payne is a Los Angeles based clothing company inspired by the rebel aesthetic. The brand was recently featured on the cover of the Los Angeles Times business section for utilizing superior vegan materials and USA-based production.

Gardners of Eden is a film that showcases both the efforts to save orphaned baby elephants and stop elephant poaching. Experts agree that if the poaching is not stopped, elephants will be extinct within 0nly twenty years. Click here to donate to the effort to rescue orphans and to attend a screening on February 17th in New York City.

Hoodlamb Parka

Hoodlamb presents the most innovative parka to date. Featuring a newly developed hemp/organic cotton outer shell, incredibly warm Rinnova insulation made from post-waste fibers and a luxurious faux-fur trim made from hemp, acrylic and recycled PET.