Joshua Katcher

Joshua Katcher

Vegan Fashion Designer, Activist & Educator

Joshua Katcher is a fashion designer, activist and educator who has taught at Parsons The New School and LIM College, and has lectured internationally on sustainable and ethical fashion. Katcher started the first men’s ethical lifestyle website The Discerning Brute in 2008, then launched the first vegan, ethicallymade menswear fashion brand, Brave GentleMan in 2010. PAPER MAG said BGM has “just about everything a mindful fashionisto could want” while Sportswear International said that BGM is “vegan smart and cool menswear.” Brave GentleMan graced the cover of British GQ’s November 2016 issue. Forbes has featured BGM in their gift guides. And COMPLEX called BGM one of the “coolest things” they’ve seen. Katcher was awarded most influential designer of 2015 by PETA, named a “modern day hero in the making” by The Wild Magazine, and both an “ethical style icon” and one of the top 10 male bloggers by VegNews. He is a contributor to HuffPo style, has appeared on the cover of Vegan Good Life Magazine, and has been interviewed by Al Jazeera America as a fashion expert.

Saturday
1:00pm - 1:45pm

The Fashion Zoo

Why are animals used in fashion? This presentation explores the role that animals and animal representations play in fashion culture, including ecological impacts, ethical implications, historical and socio-political significance, as well as our seemingly inveterate fascination with animal symbology.

Radical Veganism (Saturday only) full timetable

Saturday
5:30pm - 6:00pm

Tentative Q&A - Marine Janine, Joshua Katcher, Brenda Sanders

Join Brenda, Joshua, and Marine to discuss how they came into vegan activism, how they incorporate intersectional feminism into their framework of justice for other animals. 

Radical Veganism (Saturday only) full timetable

Sunday
12:00pm - 12:45pm

Drop Dead Gorgeous: Fashion Trends & Animal Extinction

Is the fashion industry ecocidal? From New Zealand’s Huia to the Carolina Parakeet, from the Tasmanian Tiger to the Quagga, from the Sea Mink to the Great Auk, this presentation discusses several historically compelling incidents of animal extinctions and near-extinctions caused by fashion trends, and what they mean for today’s fashion industry. 

Environment & Food Sustainability Summit (Sunday only) full timetable

Sunday
1:00pm - 1:45pm

An open conversation with Joshua Katcher, Dr. Tushar Mehta, and Brenda Sanders

This is an informal discussion among three key activists with tremendously diverse experiences that inform their perspectives on veganism and animal rights. 

Environment & Food Sustainability Summit (Sunday only) full timetable