Brave GentleMan SS14 Presentation

photos by Isaac Lane Koval

I presented my first full collection on Sunday, September 8th during New York Fashion Week at Humble in Manhattan. The collection features interchangeable two and three-piece suits of domestic, organic cotton duck, twill and batiste, European linen, Japanese future-suede, and fair-trade South-American corozo buttons, as well as Brave GentleMan Italian future-leather belts made in New York City’s garment center, Brave GentleMan x Novacas future-leather shoes made in Portugal and Brave GentleMan wide-brim straw hats made in west Los Angeles at the Louise Green Millinery Studio featuring our Pan/Faunus logo lazer-cut into corozo. Flawless makeup was applied by renowned artist Bryan Duprey, and impeccable hair was styled by the outstanding Candice J. Crawford using Imperial Barber products, dashing models from Major wore the clothes, and a spectacular table of French pastries from Vegan Treats Bakery was set out. Here are some highlights from the show:

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Vaute by Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart had their RTW launch for New York Fashion week at Eyebeam yesterday, and it was stunning. There was a huge turnout of writers, editors and buyers, fans and friends and the show featured organic, sustainable, vegan clothing and outerwear for both men and women. I was honored to be invited to showcase the Brave GentleMan x Novacas shoe and boot collection on the male models, while Monisha Raja’s Love Is Mighty collection sparkled on the ladies. The atmosphere was high-drama with contrast spotlighting in the huge space that swelled with epic music. And if all the amazing fashion wasn’t enough, there were mouth-watering sweets from Vegan Treats circulating on platters and appearing in gift bags (see below for the images and don’t lick the screen).

Vaute’s ethos is very aligned with The Discerning Brute and Brave GentleMan and it’s exciting to see such a major response to something that is otherwise unheard-of within the mainstream fashion industry. In fact, this show was making history as he first totally vegan conceived brand to show at New York Fashion Week. Even the hair by Salon Champu and makeup by DeVita were cruelty-free and vegan, as were several of the models. Adoptable dogs looking for forever homes from The Humane Society of New York and Badass Brooklyn Rescue hung out with some of the models.

Joshua Katcher backstage with some of the models.