DBTV: Girlie Girl & The Brute at The Green Shows, Pt 1

September 24, 2009

The Green Shows were an extravaganza of sustainable designers showcased over two days during NYC’s Fashion Week just days ago! Check out part 1 of our series from The Green Shows, featuring yours truly, Chloe Jo Berman from Girlie Girl Army, and designers Bahar Shahpar and Lara Miller. Stay tuned for more!

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DBTV: Tarkan Interview at NYC Fashion Week

September 23, 2009

WEB2Tarkan might not yet be a household name in the United States, but with his forthcoming album – star studded with collaborations featuring some of the hottest US artists, it soon will be unforgettable. In Europe, Russia, and especially Turkey, the press has compared his effect to that of Elvis’ on the US in the 1950s. Tarkan, famous for his spellbinding performances, is an award winning German-born, Turkish pop-singer known as the “prince of pop” by the media on the other side of the Atlantic. He has several multi-platinum selling records, with a total of over 15 million albums sold.

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WEB14Check out my interview with Tarkan at the Emilie Humanitary fundraiser at Fashion Week in NYC where we discuss his humanitarian, environmental, and animal causes in addition to music such as his fighting of a controversial dam in Turkey and his collaboration with PETA to help animals like strays in Turkey and those typically used in the fur industry.

Tarkan was confronted by PETA in 2008 for wearing fur on the cover of his album. Once he learned of the plight of fur-bearing animals, he made an apology and has sworn it off. He also really enjoyed the Dr. Cow’s vegan cheese I gave him, and I hope to get the opportunity to prepare him a full vegan meal soon!


April77 DIY Denim Party at OAK NYC

September 15, 2009

FNO_OAK The April77 party at Oak was on the top-10 parties list (Refinery29)  for Fashion’s Night Out, kicking off fashion week. I met up with Tommy Über of April77 at OAK to chat and check out some denim customizing!

Concerning April77’s creator and designer, Brice Partouche being a long-time vegetarian and recent convert to vegan, and making a cruelty-free shoe line, Tommy Über had this to say:

We don’t make any leather... It’s important to see the vision of someone that really carries his personal causes into a clothing line… And that’s why people love April77 – because it’s engaged. – Tommy Über, APRIL77

The current April77 collection does have wool, but Brice personally ensured me that all future collections will be free from animal products.

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Victoria Bartlett, VPL SS10

September 14, 2009

VPL01It’s Fashion week in NYC! Here is my interview with Victoria Bartlett about her show at the Chelsea Piers for Spring/Summer 2010.

In regard to her sponsorship by the Humane Society of the United States, she had this to say:

“I’ve always been anti-fur – I love my pets…and I could never see them being worn. It’s a very human time right now, and what’s the sense in more carnage? There are other things in life to celebrate and design doesn’t have to be draped with dead animals.” – Voctoria Bartlett

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Local Myth, Man-Boob Billboard & Walking For Farm Animals

September 9, 2009

It turns out that omnivorous locavores may be bending over backwards for no reason if their goals are environmental. Read the Forbes article that takes the meat out of the locavore argument and puts the emphasis right back on the largest single contributor to greenhouse gas emissions: meat and dairy. But we know that already, right? There’s nothing green about local bacon aside from the greenwashing in which it’s packaged. It’s almost as bad as the “humane slaughter” myth.

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Sometimes all you need is a simple, organic cotton tee in a few colors to take your wardrobe to the next level. Logos, silkscreen graphics and band names can distract from the main attraction: you. Alternative Apparel has crew neck and v-neck tees in every damn color.

PETA recently took some heat for asking us to save some whales – from blubber. Women went nuts when PETA put up a billboard saying that adopting a vegetarian diet can lead to weight loss, and now they are going after the guys! So what do you think? Offensive or crafty?Moobs

Meatloaf is not just for meat-eaters. With 33g of protein per serving, Field Roast’s Classic Meat Loaf packs some serious muscle. Order it online or check your local retailer.

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Walk like a man. We often hear about all the things we should do “like men“. But now, you can really walk like a man, by raising money to benefit Farm Sanctuary! Click HERE to see all the walk dates and locations.

To raise funds in person, please use the Offline Donation Form. You’ll need to bring the completed form and any donations with you the day of the Walk. If you can’t make it and want to sponsor someone, like our friend Gretchen or Dave, or simply donate, please do that too!

Thanks to our friend Ari, who is often a guest columnist on GGA, and who owns the snarky, yummy vegan, soy-candle company A Scent of Scandal forwarded locavore and man-boob articles.


SEPTEMBER CONTEST: Malcolm Fontier

September 1, 2009

Enter to win this $245 Diplomat 15 bag from The Discerning Brute and Malcolm Fontier Simply enter your name and email HERE. When your email address is selected we’ll contact you for shipping details, (international winners will be required to pay shipping plus any applicable duties)

We are so excited to have partnered with Malcolm Fontier for our September Contest! This prize is perfect for anyone who needs a roomy, coated canvas, cruelty-free messenger bag with amazing features. Great for back-to-school, work, or travel.

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Native, Naturally

September 1, 2009

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The incredible craftsmanship, color usage, and pattering of traditional Indian textile is going to be big this fall. The pairing of these styles with plaids, denim, canvas and moccasin-inspired shoes and boots is a great way to include it in your wardrobe. Because these textiles are traditionally made from wool and other animal hairs (like in the Pendelton for Opening Ceremony image up top), it is quite difficult to find animal-friendly and eco-friendly versions.

NavShirtThriftLuckily, thrift stores are chock full of this stuff, from silk-screened shirts to plaid pants and vests, to this western shirts I found, with a great black, silver and tan Chimayo pattern on it. I definitely recommend starting off at the second-hand stores, for both your wallet and the environment.

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Vuoris “Native” and “Tribe” organic tee-shirts  honor the men and women whose heroic efforts, so often unnoticed, propel us towards a more sustainable future. The “Eagle” tee from Loomstate and the “Endangered Wolf” tee from Loomstate for Barney’s celebrate two iconic animals that both need respect and protection. I’d wear this over a skull and crossbones, any day.

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The Aztec Shirt from Sierra Trading Post, and Navajo Shirt from Orvis would look great underneath a solid sports coat or beneath a vest. Also try a Navajo vest over some organic plaid like Patagonia’s two shirts below.

Panhandle Slim Aztec Print Shirt - Western, Long Sleeve (For Men) Iron Mountain Navajo Print ShirtM's Fjord Flannel ShirtM's Buckshot Flannel Shirt

Try some burgundy organic denim from Monkee Genes or pick up some plaid pants from the thrift shop!

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These are some cruelty-free shoes and mocs that can pull the look together, or just function as the sole element:


Back To School Shopping: Paul Iacono Goes Eco with Joshua Katcher

August 28, 2009

I went back-to-school shopping with actor Paul Iacono of the reinvention of Fame! Teen.com TV asked me to take Paul on an eco-friendly shopping spree, where we went thrifting at Buffalo Exchange, checked out some organic cotton at Kaight, explored some cruelty-free accessories at MooShoes, and finished off the day with some vegan ice cream banana splits at Lula’s Sweet Apothecary!


Shirts, Books, Kicks, Bites

August 27, 2009

• Buy A Cool Organic Shirt from PARTYBOTS, Help Mercy For Animals!

$2 from every online apparel sale and 5% from all wholesale order get donated to Mercy For Animals to help assist in their efforts for animal compassion, education, investigations, grassroots activism and more.

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Check out these new books from some of our favorite animal advocates:

The PETA Practical Guide to Animal Rights: Simple Acts of Kindness to Help Animals in TroubleDon't Dump the Dog: Outrageous Stories and Simple Solutions to Your Worst Dog Behavior Problems

• Just for Kicks. Check these new, striking cruelty-free shoes.Zip Top Boot

• Check out some of the amazing recipes at G LIVING. The recipes are delectable, and photographed beautifully. We re drooling over here!

Banfield, the nation’s largest veterinary practice with 730 hospitals and 2,000 Banfield, The Pet Hospital, a national chain of veterinary clinics associated with PetsMart, says it will no longer perform tail docking or ear cropping on dogs. The practice is common with breeds like Doberman Pinschers, Boxers and various spaniels and terriers.veterinarians, including many in PetSmart stores, announced it will stop performing cosmetic tail docking, ear cropping, or devocalization (de-barking) of dogs.  Read The Article.
“After thoughtful consideration and reviewing medical research, we have determined it is in the best interest of the pets we treat, as well as the overall practice, to discontinue performing these unnecessary cosmetic procedures,” says Karen Faunt, vice president for medical quality advancement. “It is our hope that this new medical protocol will help reduce, and eventually eliminate, these cosmetic procedures altogether.”



Loden Dager & Velour

August 26, 2009

This handsome, organic cotton-twill three button suit from Loden Dager can be found at Opening Ceremony, on sale.

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Try it with one of these organic shirts from Sweden’s Velour, and a pair of cruelty-free loafers from Bourgeois Boheme.

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