Paleo Pitfalls

I’ve been doing crossfit for just over two years now. It’s a fantastic workout, but the crossfit industry consistently pushes a Paleo (also known as caveman) diet. As a vegan of over 15 years who performs very well in both strength and endurance, I’ve been suspicious of the hype around the idea that I need to eat muscle to become muscular. After all, I’ve gained about 20 lbs in muscle since starting crossfit without eating any animal protein.

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A new 2014 study from the International Journal of Exercise Science should cause some alarm for the heart health of those following a Paleo diet:

“Our results demonstrate that an ad libitum unrestricted Paleo diet intervention is associated with deleterious changes to blood lipids in healthy subjects, despite concurrent improvements in body composition and cardiorespiratory fitness.” 

Similar to Atkins (but with better marketing) the Paleo diet definitely appeals to a machismo that we associate with the caricature of a caveman, but even the American Dietetic Association considers it a fad diet, and as more studies documenting the long-term health consequences of diets like these are published in scientific journals, we have the option of rationalizing the aesthetic appeal of a diet like this, or the option of making changes in response to concrete findings.

This is what the Plantbuilt team of 100% vegan athletes looks like, photographed in Austin, Texas this year. Derek Tresize (right of center, back row) just went pro after taking 1st place in Men’s Physique at the Naturally Fit Super Show this past July 2014. Ed Bauer (front right) is a crossfit athlete and coach as well.

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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.”