Brave GentleMan Fashion Week Pop-Up

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photo: Michael Beauplet for The Wild Magazine's The Animal Issue

If you love modern incarnations of classic menswear, art, French hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and animals – you do not want to miss this 3-hour Brave GentleMan event at the Alexander Gray Associates gallery in Chelsea on Monday Sept 8th.

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Set against a backdrop of one of NYC’s top galleries currently exhibiting artist Siah Armajani’s The Tomb Series, guests can nosh on French macarons from Sweet Maresa, be the first in New York to sample artisan cheese from Miyoko’s Kitchen and snag a copy of The Wild Magazine‘s latest issue, The Animal Issue featuring cover model Zachary Quinto and a story on Brave GentleMan. Mingle with some of Q Model Management‘s coolest guys dressed up in BGM, and grab a preview-excerpt of my forthcoming book Fashion & Animals after I give a brief talk on the topic. And bring your wallet, of course! Brave GentleMan’s Autumn Winter 2014/15 capsule collection will be available at generous discounts for one evening only!

This one-of-a-kind Moto Jacket (below) in recycled future-suede from our eco, hi-tech Japanese sponsor Ultrasuede will be available at this event only (size L). We may auction it off!  This jacket will also be available in several sizes in Sequoia-brown future-suede, and in lux Italian organic-cotton-tweed. Blazers and pants in organic cotton twill and organic cotton tweed, as well as future-suede pullovers, and BGM x Novacas shoes and accessories will be available in limited numbers.

RSVP to events@bravegentleman.com

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COWSPIRACY

I had the privilege of attending the NYC premiere of COWSPIRACY a few nights ago. The film had already screened to sold-out audiences in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. It was riveting, intriguing and full of crucial information that everyone needs to know. Just take a look at the trailer here:

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Cowspiracy explores the impact of animal agriculture on planet earth, seeking not only to showcase stark stats and expert opinions, but also to expose the conspicuous silence surrounding this significant subject by otherwise respected environmental groups.

While we’re well aware agribusiness has the government in its pocket, it took filmmaking team Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn to uncover the fact that also seemingly in said pocket are the eco powers-that-be. Everyone from Greenpeace to Oceana, Rainforest Action Network to Amazon Watch, Sierra Club to 350.org…the list goes on and on. No one’s addressing the degree to which our diets and lifestyle choices dictate climate change.

Find out where to attend a screening near you.

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Preorder VAUTE up to 50% off!

There’s one day left to preorder a warm, stylish VAUTE Autumn-Winter 2015-2015 coat and get up to 50% off! I love the new, recycled and vegan wonderfelt in gray. Below you’ll also see the Whitman in black organic moleskin and the Derek in an insulated,  quilted, recycled ripstop. These coats normally go for $400-500, but you can preorder them for $240-300. This is such a fantastic opportunity to get locally-made, vegan, sustainable fashion at early wholesale prices. Visit vautecouture.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.”

 

 

Hit Back: Dispatch from the Farm, or Once You Stop You Start to Rot

By Adam Gnade

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Tonight at dusk a big, grey owl swooped down and grabbed one of my favorite chickens–a young Barred Rock I call “Dodo Conway”–and five of Dodo’s sisters raced over and tackled the owl and drummed the hell out of it then chased it off, screeching. Ten minutes later I saw one of those same chickens strutting through the field clutching a snake she’d just killed. This is a rescue farm, a “sanctuary,” but that doesn’t mean the animals play by our rules. They hustle. All day.

The news has been bad from all fronts. There’s no turning away from that, and it’s taken its toll on me. No amount of Mexican beer or social isolation or denial will blot it out. You stay away from the newspapers. You ignore the Internet. Still, planes are shot out of the sky and bombs fall on houses. People are dying everywhere–real people, nice people, people you might’ve been friends with had you been born elsewhere.

It’s getting to me–to say the very least. One of the many burdens of human consciousness and memory is that an idea, a sentence overheard, a bit of news seen on someone’s Facebook feed can latch onto you and burn you up from inside. There are certain things you will never unhear. I remember that from Sandy Hook; some things stick with you forever and sometimes they’re the things you’d rather forget.

Quiet night on the farm with everyone on the road except me. Today two of the local farmers pitched in and hayed our field without even waiting for a thanks. Twenty-five hundred pounds of good brome hay; two and a half round bales, five feet tall by five feet wide, a few months of food for the sheep and goats (and my new place to sit and write). Tonight I’m going to go to town and get some Dos Equis and limes then come back and listen to Castanets’ new song “Out for the West” on repeat and try to write as many letters as I can until I pass out. It’s a way to stop thinking of awful things but it’s also a way to find some easiness of mind and fellowship and joy. These past eight months have been radio silence from me. I’m getting worse and worse at returning correspondence but tonight I’m vowing to keep in touch. People call out to you and you call back to them–if you’re worth a damn. Lately I’ve not been worth much, but I’m trying.

Does it matter? Does anything matter? Sometimes life feels like endless buckets of shit dumped off a cliff onto your head in slow motion while cheesy, porny saxophone music plays. Futile. Empty. Silly. Action without payoff. Ambition without the promise of acknowledgement.

There are no answers but you keep trying. You keep dreaming. You keep writing letters even when you’re a year behind and you keep fighting winged things that want to carry you off into the sky and you keep pushing forward with your dreams held tight. You pay attention but you also give yourself time to breathe.

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My motto right now is an old cheerleader chant Jessie Duke turned into a button for Pioneers Press: Go, fight, win. I wear the button too; right here on my lucky baseball cap.

I know what the inverse of action is and I don’t want anything to do with that. And I know this: Once you stop you start to rot. And by “stop” I don’t mean “relax.” By all means relax every single chance you get. The ability to relax and look inward in the midst of struggle is part of what makes us who we are. But you have to keep believing in your path and in a future where your life will be better than it is now. Belief counts for a lot. So does planning big and shoving yourself into the nasty thick of life. That’s what you need to do: believe, push, pay attention, know when to step back and heal, and don’t mess around with dreamlessness. Go, fight, win.

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