The Gentlemen’s Green
The best of Commerce with a Conscience: Sept. 1-15, 2010
Hello and welcome to the inaugural entry of The Gentlemen’s Green. My name is Brad and I write the ethical menswear daily Commerce with a Conscience. From here on out I will be rounding up the latest, greatest and greenest goods to appear on my site, for all of you lovely ecofabulous readers. Enjoy.
|rib & hull Organic Linen Tote:
Understandably, most men don’t immediately think of men’s goods when they think of Etsy, but, I can tell you from experience, that if you’re willing to put in the time, you can dig up some pretty great things. My most recent find is this excellent tote from the Polish brand rib & hull. The body is made from 100% organic linen (with a 100% organic cotton canvas liner) while the straps – which, can be removed so the body can be washed – are made from untanned cow leather. Pretty amazing for a bag that totals in at less than $50 (and that’s after the international shipping).
|Sweaters by Knowledge Cotton Apparel:
I’m a big, big fan of Denmark’s Knowledge Cotton Apparel. Not only is every item by the brand ethically made in the EU from low-impact dye treated organic cotton, it’s also all so timelessly styled and unbelievably well-crafted, that you can wear it for years on end, and it’ll keep on looking great. Their new AW10 sweaters run the gamut from sleek and dressy to big and burly, and I want every single one (in every single color). Here’s hoping for an early winter (€120-€135).
|Howies Buckle Belts:
The Buckle Belts from Welsh brand Howies are handmade in the UK from 100% organic cotton webbing, and repurposed vegetable tanned leather scraps. I’m particularly fond of these belts, as I think they’re the perfect accessory for the transition from summer to fall (not too heavy, not too light). I also like how they’re a nice mix of preppy and rugged, so you can wear them with or without your shirt tucked in. Now if only I could settle on a color… (£35.00).
|Velour Organic Cotton Shirts:
Sweden’s Velour recently unveiled their AW10 shirting collection, and in addition to being one of the brand’s best looking, it’s also their most eco-friendly to date, with all but three of the fifteen shirts in the range made from organic cotton. What’s especially great about the Velour AW line-up, is how many different types of organic fabrics it uses, including flannels, oxfords and poplins. I’m also a big fan of Velour’s fit, which while slimmer and slightly shorter than your standard fair, is still loose enough to be comfortable. I only wish their photos and model didn’t look so Twilight-y ($100-$142).
|Left Field Organic Canvas Chinos:
Brooklyn’s Left Field NYC specializes in tough-as-nails, heritage-inspired menswear. The brand’s Organic Canvas Chinos are handcrafted in NYC, using organic cotton canvas from North Carolina’s venerable Cone Mills. I actually have a pair of these and can tell you that they’re damned near indestructible, and great looking to boot. I just wish it would hurry-up and cool off enough outside for me to actually wear them ($150).