Hot Bags, Vegan Athleticism & Rhode Island Victory

• Matt & Nat’s Raylan and Soren bags are lined with a supple ultrasuede made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. These utilitarian bags are handsome, bold and have a wonderfully effortless vintage look.

The New York Times today asks “Can Athletes Perform Well on a Vegan Diet?  (but the experts seem to be stuck in the 70s). What do you think? Weigh in.

Good news from Rhone Island today, where gestation crates, veal crates and tail docking were banned state-wide! Hooray Rhode Island, thank you for being the ninth state to pass a farm animal protection legislation. Like most social justice issues, welfare measures pave the way to rights!

Brave GentleMan Pop-Up at ALTER Graham

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What could make a better autumn Sunday than spiked cider, local Dun-well Apple Cider Doughnuts, a Matt & Nat bag giveaway, and 10% off the best vegan mens shoes this side of the sun from Novacas for Brave GentleMan? RSVP on Facebook!

Brave GentleMan A/W 2011/12 Shoe, Boot & Tie Pop-Up Shop at ALTER Graham
Sunday Nov 20th 12-7pm
Dunwell Doughnuts & Spiked Cider! 12-4PM
407 Graham Ave (btwn Jackson and Withers)
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Tel 718.609.0203

Join Brave GentleMan founder Joshua Katcher for a one-day pop-up shop at ALTER on Graham Ave in WIlliamsburg, Brooklyn. This one day pop-up sale will feature Novacas for Brave GentleMan Shoes and Boots ($250 – $300) and Brave GentleMan Label Ties and Bow Ties ($100) all selling at 10% off. Be there early for your chance to win a handsome, eco-lux Matt & Nat bag valued at $245!

From 12-4 enjoy spiked cider and Apple Cider Doughnuts from Dunwell Doughnuts, Williamsburg’s brand new artisanal, vegan doughnut shop, while supplies last. raves about Brave GentleMan, “With its rugged, slicked-back aesthetic and stoic self-assuredness, the Novacas for Brave GentleMan shoe collection underscores one indubitable fact: It’s never been manlier to be vegan. A collaboration between blogger Joshua Katcher of The Discerning Brute and the Portugal-based vegan footwear label… The names of the shoes, ‘Worker,’ ‘Defender,’ and ‘Mastermind,’ call upon traditional roles that men take pride in, and that also inspire men to embrace sustainability and guardianship as very masculine, brave, and necessary work that needs to be done.
An of our ties: “Despite their speckled, tweedy texture, each neck- and bow tie is constructed from a blend of organic cotton and recycled hemp, then stiffened with interfacing derived from recycled plastic bottles—a manufacturing first for ties. All eight designs are crafted in New York City’s historic Garment District under fair-labor conditions, with options that include a 2.5-inch tie, a narrow bow tie, and a broad bow tie, depending on what style of “dappery” is most appropriate for the occasion.”

Win This “Jameson” Matt & Nat Bag!

The “Jameson” bag from Matt & Nat is masculine, practical, and has lots of pockets for all your tools, supplies, gizmos and gadgets. It is made with a supple, recycled-bottle “suede” lining and is totally vegan. Worth $295 retail, it can be yours in a few simple steps:

  1. 1. Sign up for the Discerning Brute Weekly Digest here: Subscribe to Our Digest
  2. 2. Next, an exclusive contest message will be sent to subscribers on Nov 7th (so if you’re already signed up, you are already eligible).
  3. 3. Follow the instructions in the Nov 7th email to leave a comment on The Discerning Brute Facebook page post associated with the contest. One person will be chosen at random on Tuesday Nov 18th.

Fall Baggage, Style Over Substance & NYC Public Bikes

• These men’s bags from Matt & Nat have the perfect combination of rugged utility and handsome luxury. Whether you’re going back to school, starting a new job, or going on a trip – these four are certain to get your sack noticed. Made with recycled soda-bottle PET ultrasuede lining.• Luxury Brands are being taken to task in a recent article in the Guardian by Ethical Consumer’s Simon Birch. The article references a new report, ‘Style over Substance’ that uses an interactive score table and rating system, which rates brands on a spectrum of 23 criteria making up 5 main areas of focus: Environment, Animals, People, Politics, and Product Sustainability. The luxury brands are failing overwhelmingly:

Many of the world’s biggest and most elite fashion houses pay virtually no regard to corporate ethics and have yet to take even the first steps on reporting on the social and environmental impact of their operations… Even fashion’s favourite ethical champion Stella McCartney came next to the bottom of our ethical rating table. Full marks for McCartney for championing animal rights but the bad news is that Gucci, the company that owns the brand, sanctions the use of fur in many of its other fashion brands. Gucci has neither an environmental nor supply chain policy in place.

Paul Smith (who scored higher than most on the above report)’s organic denim shirt is tailored and features a small rounded “club” collar.

Inhabitat reported that New York City will finally be offering bike share stations with over 10,0000 bikes!

The city has finally selected Alta Bike Share of Portland, Oregon to install and manage our long-awaited public bike share program. The bike share will have a whopping 600 stations, spreading from Crown Heights in Brooklyn to Manhattan’s Upper West side, and have 10,000 bikes available for use. We could see the bike share as soon as next summer, but the best part is that membership will be flexible, and an annual subscription will likely cost less than a monthly MetroCard.