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.



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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The Do-Good Dad: Father’s Day Guide

June 16, 2009

Father’s Day is this Sunday. If you haven’t gotten anything for dear old dad yet, in addition to making a donation to your favorite organization in your father’s name, here are some good gift ideas:

Bid on one of a million amazing things at CharityBuzz. Check out the Dads & Grads auction. From hanging out with Patrick Dempsey at Daytona to meeting Bill Clinton, sitting in box seats at the US Open, watching the Yankees play the Red Sox, taking a swimming clinic with Michael Phelps, or a Kenny Chesney autographed Guitar! There is more cool stuff than I can list here. Just don’t bid on the fishing trip. Ugh.

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BREAK THE BANK! If you are loaded, your dad might like a Tesla Roadster (starts at $101,000) or Model S – both electric performance vehicles from Tesla Motors. The Model S is capable of rocketing from 0-60 in 5.5 seconds and traveling up to 300 miles on a single 45 minute charge (starts at $49,900 which is not that bad)!

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For the rest of us who can only afford to splurge a little bit…

Organic Dress Shirts form CULTURATA (check for local stockists)

Matt & Nat Mens’ Accessories: Shop HERE.

Or if you’re in NYC, go to this event:



Make a donation to Mercy For Animals before Father’s Day on June 21st and Rory Freedman, co-author of Skinny Bastard will match your contribution, dollar-for-dollar – totaling up to $5,000! Donate $100 or more and you will receive an autographed copy of Skinny Bastard – a guide for macho men on eating well and getting in shape the healthy and cruelty-free way!

Get dad into shape w/ The Engine 2 Diet, Thrive in 30, and Skinny Bastard!


Kicks! Check out our favs for dad from Bourgeois Boheme, NOHARM, and NOVACAS:

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Organic Grooming from Dr Bronner, and Herban Cowboy!

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JUNE CONTEST! Win a pair of Bourgeois Bohéme brogues! (US size 10)

June 1, 2009


Win a pair of Bourgeois Bohéme brogues! (US size 10)

Bourgeois Boheme makes amazing, vegan shoes and boots for men and women. These Simpatias have been featured on the blog before, and I am sure someone who is a size 10 will have some happy, handsome feet! These are some of my favorites!

You can win these Bourgeois Bohéme $125 shoes in a few simple steps:

  1. Write a “letter to the editor” of any major fashion magazine you choose: Vogue, GQ, Elle, Cosmo, etc… explaining why leather is disgusting, toxic, unethical and outdated! Here are some facts & tips to help you write! Remember: the goal is to enlighten, not incite! Be respectful, and do not make threats.
  2. Forward that letter to TheDiscerningbrute@gmail.com. The Subject line must read: JUNE CONTEST: Bourgeois Boheme (otherwise it may get trashed)
  3. The best, most moving and creative letter wins!
  4. Deadline is June 31st.
  5. The winner will be announced July 1st.

* DISCLAIMER: The Discerning Brute takes no responsibility for the content of any letter written in association with this contest.

Brogue Basics

December 2, 2008


These Portuguese-made, eco-friendly, vegan microsuede “Simpatia” wingtip shoes from BoBo are my new obsession. Great with a tux or just a pair of skinny jeans – wingtips, otherwise know as the brogue, are a boys best friend. Wanna know why we steer clear of leather at The Discerning Brute, Click Here, and don’t have a cow!

Check out all the other vegan wingtips & brogue shoes:

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ASOS Canvas Brogue Plimsoll


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Fresh Friday Finds

April 17, 2008

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1. Sample sales are almost like shopping thrift, right? It’s all the leftover stock that really has little impact on the supply and demand of most designers. Well, maybe that’s just my rationalization for allowing myself to go buy stuff at them. What do you think? Are sample sales still conspicuous consumption? If we consider the standards they set for how people should look (maintaining social hierarchies based on glitz & glam), in a lot of ways, they’re like ‘humane’ meat; there’s not enough to satisfy everyone, and they make those who can participate feel a little less guilty about engaging in an ultimately destructive social behavior. No Impact Man‘s wife, Michelle, recently experienced a hunger for retail therapy. Read the story here.

Maybe Go to: BBlessing Sample Sale – NYC
Up to 80% off BBlessing, Rag & Bone, Adam Kimmel, and Patrik Ervell.
Fri. & Sat., noon-7 p.m.
5 Crosby St., b/t Grand & Howard Sts., ste. 6d (212-378-8005

Definitely read: Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic

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When Purchasing Books, I strongly recommend supporting local independent bookstores. Use Booksense.com as opposed to the not-at-all-ethically-fabulous Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

2. Papal Passover. The Papal visit makes me think of those clergymen who wear Yarmulkes. I’ve always wondered why thttps://i2.wp.com/cache.daylife.com/imageserve/04R1dQn9156Hn/340x.jpghey wear them if they’re not Jews? This leads me to thinking about Passover! If Passover is about the Jews being liberated from slavery, my four-questions are: How is tonight related to animal liberation? Do Jews have a duty to recognize slavery in all its forms and attempt to liberate the oppressed? Can something besides a hard-boiled egg, a bone, and honey be used on a Seder Plate considering their exploitative origins? What’s a vegan to do on passover? Sit and cry into a bowl of Matzoh meal? Read this!

Attend a Vegan Seder

Vegan Passover Guide for Hungry Jews

Miami Herald Talks Veg Seder

Should Passover be Veg?

3. Time Out’s 2008 Eat Out Awards puts Blossom at the top of their Reader’s Choice list.
(Other nominees: Candle 79, Counter)“There’s a reason feijoada—a Brazilian beef stew—contains meat: It’s a beef stew. So when a vegan place like Blossom offers a “lighter version,” made with smoky tempeh, black beans, chayote and sweet potatoes, you’re allowed to be skeptical. But those animal-friendly ingredients make the hearty dish taste that much better.Upscale while keeping its crunchy cred, the Chelsea restaurant does protein right: Try the satay (with seitan), the scaloppine (more seitan, with white-wine caper sauce) or the dancing curry (tofu and veggies, served with popcorny forbidden black rice). You can’t go wrong—but you already knew that.”

(A few years back, I was the first waiter ever to work at Blossom!)

4. London’s First Vegan Footwear and Accessory Shop Opens
Bourgeois Boheme, one of the UK’s most well-known online and animal-friendly fashion companies is Matt & Nat Zebranoopening London’s very first animal-friendly footwear and accessories retail outlet. On May 17th 2008, just a couple of days ahead of UK National Vegetarian Week, Bourgeois Boheme will celebrate the official opening with an open day at the shop in Richmond, London. Bourgeois Boheme founder and Director, Alicia says, “Unless you shop online, vegetarian footwear is difficult to find: it’s a dismal choice of either low-quality, cheap and environmentally-challenging shoes or Stella McCartney – gorgeous fashion no doubt, but very much beyond the pocket of many a style-conscious vegetarian/vegan.” Visitors will be able to buy Bourgeois-Boheme’s exclusive labelled styles as well as ethically sourced products from otherMacbeth Jackson companies; not only footwear, but also bags, wallets and belts for women and men, and cosmetics.

Shop open day: Saturday 17th May, 1pm – 4pm.
Refreshments and appetisers will be served.
Please RSVP by Friday May 2nd May, info@bboheme.com /0208 8788 388
Press discounts are available upon request at the shop open day.

Address: Hydrex House, Garden Road, Richmond TW9 4NR
Shop hours: Mon-Fri 9am – 5pm; Sat 10am – 2pm; by appointment.

Bourgeois Boheme’s range is available to buy online at www.bboheme.com.

5.Luxury Hotels and Resorts “Act to Save the Environment” with Eco-Friendly Hospitality.

According to the International Ecotourism Society, more than two-thirds of U.S. travelers consider “active protection of the environment, including support of local communities,” to be part of a hotel’s responsibility, while 70% would pay a premium to stay at a hotel with “a responsible environmental attitude.” Hyatt is taking action.

Bourgeois Boheme Shoes

February 13, 2008

Bourgeois Boheme Shoes

Bourgeois Boheme, one of the UK’s most popular online fashion boutiques, has launched its very own range of vegan footwear for men. “Footwear for the ethically conscious” appears on the sole of each shoe.

“We saw there was a gap in the market for footwear that is not only animal-friendly but also stylish and affordable. It’s something we’ve looked for without success for years, so we finally made our own.” – Alicia Lai, founder


The shoes are handmade and ethically produced in Portugal and India, and are made of microfibre, the highest quality and most eco-friendly leather alternative. They are 100% animal-friendly and even the glue being used is water-based.Simpathia

The London based company is catering to the continually growing movement of people who demand accountability from those they do business with. You can have peace-of-mind knowing exactly how their shoes have been made from design to finished product.

Espiritual ‘Full of Spirit’ is a range of men’s shoes handcrafted in Portugal. The collection presents eight shoe styles which include the dressy patent Liberto meaning ‘Free’; ‘Simpatia ‘Kindness’, ultra-luxurious and chocolaty, suedette brogues; faux crocodile shoes called Compassivo ‘Compassionate’; and Vida or ‘Life’, comfortable yet elegant slip-ons.

PensadorThe range is a rare find in the ethical shopper’s world where organic and ethical often means either high-priced or low-style. Bourgeois Boheme has produced a range of smart shoes that ticks all the animal-friendly, ethical and style boxes and yet is still affordable to the general market.

If you are not familiar with the leather industry, click here and get educated! Leather production is an ecological disaster, an ethical blight, and is not always a by-product of beef. In India, where cows are considered sacred, they are led outside the boarders of the country under horrendous conditions to be slaughtered specifically for their skins.

“Vegetarians who might consider wearing leather, because it is only a by-product, should consider that leather is the most economically valuable by-product of the meatpacking industry . The sale of leather goods bolsters the economic success of slaughterhouses and dairy farms.” Karen Dawn, Thanking the Monkey

In addition to shoes, Bourgeois Boheme also carry a nice selection of bags and other accessories. Check them out!