The words “sustainable” and “fashionable” haven’t always been closely associated in the world of menswear. However, earth-friendly fashion is becoming increasingly popular, with many designers based here in New York City. In honor of Earth Day, here are some local designers and retailers who prove that sustainable clothing can be fashion-forward:
by Joshua Katcher
The Brave GentleMan label is a high-end, sustainable, ethically-made menswear collection offering New-York made suiting, footwear, and hats. Rather than using the word “faux” to describe his 100% vegan animal fiber substitutes, designer Joshua Katcher prefers the terms “future wool,” “future leather,” and “future suede,” to more accurately reflect the high quality of his textiles. Suit separates start at $340, and custom-made suits run about $2500. You can browse Katcher’s collection online or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about custom suiting.
With & Wessel
by Cathrine Wessel and Stian Tolnaes
Husband and wife team Cathrine Wessel and Stian Tolnaes are inspired by the Norwegian tradition of wearing layers of wool year-round. They seek to create comfortable, high-quality casualwear for men and women made entirely out of eco-friendly wool. The men’s collection includes boxer briefs starting at $35 and cardigans from $150. Head to With & Wessel’s boutique at 247 Elizabeth Street in Manhattan to browse men’s pants, shirts, underwear, and socks.
In God We Trust
by Shana Tabor
In God We Trust opened the doors of its first shop in 2005 and has evolved into a multifaceted brand including clothing, jewelry, men’s and women’s accessories, and a burgeoning wedding band collection. Everything is made in either the Garment District or Greenpoint, and the men’s collection includes patterned button-downs, bow ties, pocket squares, and other accessories. You can shop these locally-made, sustainable basics at three brick-and mortar locations in NYC, or shop the men’s collection online. Button-downs and pants start at $130, and accessories start at $40.
by Charlie Morris
Fanmail is a line of modern, sustainable wardrobe essentials made in NYC. Designer Charlie Morris believes that sustainability and ethical manufacturing should be an added bonus, not an added cost to consumers, so Fanmail pieces are functional and affordable. The clothing line, launched in 2013, has already caught the eye of Drake, who commissioned a custom suit for his concert during Paris Fashion week. You can shop Fanmail’s selection of t-shirts, sweatshirts, and shorts starting at $88 on the Fanmail website.
by Manuela Fassbender
Tahaanga, meaning “naked” in Maori, is a New York based start-up that recently launched a menswear line driven by technology. The proprietary cotton blend used to make their men’s dress shirts allows men to bike to work without having to change once they get to the office. The manufacturing process uses 94% less water, 10% less energy, and emits 15% less CO2 than traditional cotton, and uses 50% less energy and emits 32% less CO2 than other synthetic fabrics. You can preorder these stylish and innovative dress shirts for $195 on the Tahaanga website.
by Rogan Gregory
Loomstate was launched by Scott Hahn along with designer Rogan Gregory. Known for using 100 percent organic materials, Loomstate is trying to build direct relationships with farms and cooperatives to ensure their products are made sustainably and responsibly from start to finish. Men’s t-shirts start at $40 and hoodies range from $135 – $155 – you can shop the collection online.
Online retailer Three Leaves was founded in Red Hook in 2012 to provide men with cruelty-free, environmentally aware, socially responsible clothing, footwear and accessories. They only carry items that meet a strict criteria of environmental standards and are made of eco-friendly materials such as organic cotton, hemp, and recycled PET. In addition to using recycled shipping materials, they pay special attention to reduce the amount of shipping material in each delivery. Available brands include Alchemy Goods, Nudie Jeans, and Novacas. The Three Leaves online store offers button-downs from $130, vegan shoes from $50, and outerwear from $150.