We started Arbor in 1995 convinced that there was a need for brands willing to take responsibility for the impact their products have on the environment. For us, time spent riding had always provided a direct understanding of what’s at stake. We all need clean air to skate, clean water to surf, and snow to ride. For those of us who pursue boardsports, protecting the planet is about the environments we use everyday. It was becoming obvious that the boardsports industry, which relies on a healthy environment to succeed, needed to get more involved with protecting the planet.
To this end, Arbor was founded to design products around the goal of replacing as many environmentally harmful materials as possible, with functional, ecologically based alternatives. The mission is to deliver performance, durability, and style in the most responsible way possible. The result must be quality and reduced environmental impact.
As of right now, it is not possible to deliver a totally “green” product. Reality is about taking steps towards that future. Those steps are what drive the Arbor Collective. Having said that, we feel that you can’t be “green” just for the sake of being green. Customers expect performance and relevance, even when choosing a sustainable alternative. So, we select only those eco-materials that allow us to deliver better looking, higher performing, more durable products. Form still follows function, and this balance must be achieved if alternative products are to succeed in today’s fickle marketplace.
Arbor has evolved through the years into a growing collective of artists, designers, and friends that snowboard, skateboard, and surf. We remain focused on finding solutions for a more sustainable future through a blend of art, technology, and eco-materials. This allows us to deliver the most successful line of snowboards, skateboards, and apparel possible.
It is important to note that Arbor is committed to supporting groups that work to protect and restore the planet. We annually donate at least 5% of our profits to these organizations. In the past we have supported The Nature Conservancy, The Surfrider Foundation, The Rainforest Action Network, and American Forests. Currently we are working with True Offsets, www.trueoffsets.com. True Offsets allows Arbor to help restore forestlands in the Hawaiian Islands and offset more carbon emissions than our operation is responsible for. That’s right, we are a less-than-zero carbon emitter!
Even the basics are incredibly important to Arbor. We print on recycled paper only, use soy-based inks; recycle all office waste; and build out retail/office space and point of purchase displays with recycled and/or sustainable materials.
It is clear that many of us who snowboard, skateboard, and surf are changing the face of environmentalism. Today, all types, even the hardest kid you know, can be conscious of the planet at their core. But you don’t have to broadcast it to live it; it’s not about identity, rather it’s about choice and personal values. We see this as a critical change if saving the environment is to remain important to future generations.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about the Arbor Collective. Now, get out and enjoy this planet of ours and all the shredding possibilities it provides…
Joshua Katcher started Brave Gentleman store after several years of writing The Discerning Brute, researching the very best men's designers, brands, and lifestyle products that meet a rare combination of stringent aesthetic and ethical criteria. Brave Gentleman is for the indulgent heroes, protectors, defenders, adventurers, and men with lionhearts. Everything available from Brave Gentleman is assured to be 100% vegan. We also strive to only showcase items that are sustainably produced in fair-labor conditions, and whose brands are not simply creating handsome products, but addressing ecological, social justice, and animal rights issues that will lay the groundowrk for an intelligent, compassionate future, and allow men with a strong sense of personal style to express themselves with pride in their principles.
Since 1994 Continental has been designing, manufacturing and selling high quality garments and has adopted the fundamental principles of sustainable production and socially positive supply chain management.
All the Company's manufacturing facilities have been audited for social compliance and are running active monitoring programs in accordance with standards advocated by the International Labor Organization, the Ethical Trading Initiative and other international bodies.
A 90% carbon footprint reduction through a combination of low-impact organic farming, efficiency in manufacturing and transportation, and the use of renewable energy instead of the fossil fuel based grid electricity.
We are General Knot & Co., based in Bedford, New York.
We create neckties, bow ties, squares and belts in the U.S.A., using rare and vintage fabrics collected from around the world. Our goal is to offer uniquely designed and enduring products that stand the test of time.
After years of directing design teams for brands such as Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Levi’s, Andrew Payne began General Knot & Co. in the Fall of 2010 with the desire to combine a passion for design with an unyielding commitment to bringing conscientious quality manufacturing back to the United States. Learning the finer points of design and quality were great benefits of working said corporations, but moving manufacturing overseas was not necessarily one of them.
It is a great honor and joy to create all GK&Co. products here in the United States, with the world’s greatest craftsmen. Those whose talents and skills have been honed through generations of shared adoration of their craft.
We curate our fabrics through a countrywide network of collectors and dealers, searching high and low. We especially love this part of the business. There’s nothing quite like the thrill of finding an amazing vintage fabric and giving it another lease on life. Each collection of General Knot & Co. designs are made in very limited quantities, uniquely finite and never to be repeated.
We hope that you enjoy your General Knot & Co. designs as much as we have enjoyed creating and bringing them to you.
Doing what one loves to do is never considered work...
Groceries Apparel is a vertically integrated manufacturer, distributer and wholesaler based in the arts district of downtown Los Angeles. We are a pioneering green company because we only use certified organic ingredients and we price our garments to compete with conventionally sourced fabrics. Wholly committed to chemical free and renewably sourced textiles, we are constantly integrating new, greener practices into our sourcing and manufacturing processes. We are 100% Made in Los Angeles and we provide fair wages and benefits to our employees. All of the manufacturing, sourcing, shipping, customer service and creative aspects of our business support our local economy, neighbors and ecosystem.
Knowledge Cotton Apparel focuses on designing and producing contemporary men's fashion apparel that considers quality, history, and sustainable principles above all else. Knowledge Cotton aims to capture and share the knowledge they find in pursuit of the best Organic material and practices available hoping to enable a greater exchange of ideas, education, and enlightenment for the benefit of their products, consumers, and the Earth.
Knowledge Cotton uses only 100% Certified Organic Cotton in all body fabrics, ribs, collars, tapes, and strings. They have a goal of saving the environment from 150 tons of pesticides, chemicals, and fertilizers by the year 2015. With over 40 years of experience in the making of fine quality fabrics, Knowledge Cotton understands what goes into a finished garment is as important as the final product itself.
Launched in 2008, Culturata is a sophisticated contemporary men's line made in Italy. Loved for tailored fits, Culturata is proud to use sustainable fabrics and ethical methods of production.
Each piece starts with a love for artisanal craftsmanship and is an expression of our philosophy where sustainability, history and the environment are the way of the future.
All Culturata fabrics are grown and woven in environmentally friendly ways without the use of harmful chemicals and pesticides.
Kuyichi plays an innovative role in exploring and developing new sustainable garments production, leading to a new accepted conscious approach in denim and fashion. Aiming to make their collection as sustainable as possible, Kuyichi uses 97.7% organic cotton in their entire line and use sustainable natural indigo dyes in their jeans.
Next to the environment, Kuyichi takes care about the social circumstances of the people who grow their cotton and make their garments. They work in close cooperation with Made-by to certify their suppliers according to the social standards approved by Made-by such as SA8000, Fairwear, BSCI and Wrap.
Vegan owned and operated, Novacas has been manufacturing shoes since 2004 and are based in NYC.
Novacas is committed to providing animal-friendly, environmentally-friendly, and worker-friendly products. Novacas—taken from Spanish and Portuguese for "no cow"—produces products that are made from the highest quality synthetic microfibers available and are 100% PVC-free. Shoes are ethically manufactured in Portugal at worker-friendly factories according to labor standards set forth by the European Union.
We Love Jeans, a passion we share with anyone who mourns a worn-out pair like the passing of a close friend. No fabric ages quite as beautifully as denim; the longer you wear your jeans, the more character and attitude they acquire. You shape them with your lifestyle, and they become like a second skin.
Jeans share the same soul and attitude found in the rock’n’roll scene - they’re both part of same culture.
Nudie Jeans will always stay true to jeans. We’re not looking for fly by night fads; our inspiration is found far from the world of glamour and catwalks. We don’t just offer jeans. We offer a way of thinking, a concept, and an undying passion, fuelled by the traditions of denim and the characteristics of the fabric itself.
100% Organic Cotton
In 2006 Nudie Jeans announced one of the brand's key future goals: A 100% organic denim collection. Now that goal has finally been reached! The implementation of the idea proved to be a struggle. It forced us to change our approach and the way we work. Most of our denim suppliers produced few, if any, organic denim fabrics. At the time, the organic trend wasn't as big as a few years back. The leading manufacturers of denim cloth are located in Italy and Turkey. Since Turkey is also a major producer of organic cotton, it was a natural step to start there. In collaboration with our suppliers, we started to develop new fabrics that resulted in a selection of high-quality organic weaves. These fabrics are now used in all denim articles found in the current spring/summer 2013 collection.
WE DO NOT ENVISAGE a trade-off between profit and people, or between manufacture and environmental responsibility. These issues are major factors in our choice of suppliers.
As with most other apparel brands, we don't own the factories in which our clothing is made. However, together with these garment factories, we bear the responsibility to provide a safe, fair and ethical working environment for all the people who are involved in the manufacture of our clothes.
We work together with only a handful of partners, all of whom are required to comply with our code of conduct. Our membership of Fair Wear Foundation is a key element ensuring that everyone across the production chain works under fair conditions.
Cotton fibers actually last much longer than we normally tend to use, or wear them. In 2007, Nudie Jeans started the Recycle Denim Maniacs programme, in which a number of textile students were chosen to create new designs out of old, worn-out jeans.
As an extension of this idea, together with ISKO(tm) we recycle old worn-out jeans in order to manufacture new denim. The garments are cut into pieces, and then milled down to a cotton-like pulp, which in turn becomes new yarn, used for new fabrics. Since the fibers of pure recycled yarn are very short, virgin organic cotton is added in order to get a durable fabric. The final denim is slubby with a soft hand feel. The slubs are mainly a consequence of the natural irregularities of the recycled yarn.
The fabric is a red cast pure indigo denim, the undyed weft yarn has its own blue grey colour coming from the recycled denim.
OEKO-TEX STANDARD 100
The Oeko-Tex standard 100 is a globally uniform testing and certification system for raw materials, intermediate and end products at all stages of textiles production. Oeko-Tex certification assures that textiles do not contain any harmful substances that are prohibited or regulated by law nor chemicals otherwise known to be harmful. All the denim weaves are certified according to Oeko-Tex standard 100.
THE TEXTILE EXCHANGE
Nudie Jeans is a member of the textile exchange, which is a non-profit organization that supports the farming and trading of organically grown cotton.
FAIR WEAR FOUNDATION
Fair Wear Foundation is an independent non-profit organization striving to improve working conditions in the textile industry. The foundation is an initiative by trade organizations in the textile sector, trade unions and NGO`s. Fair wear foundation verifies that member companies implement a code of labour practice along their supply chain and checks compliance by monitoring audits and remediating efforts. Annual reporting by member companies and by FWF itself promotes transparency at all levels. Nudie Jeans is a member since November 2009.
HUMAN RIGHTS GALLERY FOR THE BENEFIT OF AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL since we found Nudie Jeans in 2001 we have worked closely with Amnesty International in Sweden. When we decided to do something to symbolize human rights it was natural to do so in consultation with Amnesty.
In 2007 we launched a project together with our representative around the world. They were assigned to ask performers, photographers and artists to illustrate an article from the UN declaration of human rights. 30 illustrations were chosen which later was printed onto t-shirts. All the designers who took part in this project donated their work in favor of Amnesty. This was a non-profit-making project. For every T-shirt sold, $15 was donated in full towards Amnesty`s work. Up until today this project has generated $450,000 for the benefit of Amnesty International.
TWOTHIRDS refers to the fact that two thirds of the earth’s surface is covered by water. This is the reason their collections are timeless yet modern reminiscences of the beauty of the ocean. With the use of natural materials, forgoing the use of chemical maces and experimenting with recycled fibers such as old fishing nets, we are contributing to the preservation of our environment.
TWOTHIRDS’ commitment to protecting the ocean is expressed in all aspects of the company. They are constantly working on minimizing ecological damage in their production and distribution. A huge problem, for example, is the disposal of huge amounts of plastic at sea. So they don’t use the polyester packaging that is so common in the apparel industry. They did some research and came across plastic bags made from blue-green algae. Another good argument for this natural resource is the fact that the algae completely dissolves without any residues when they come into contact with the water. And they donate 10 percent of their profits to Oceana, the world’s biggest organization committed to the protection and preservation of the ocean. Protect what you love!
VBN is a contemporary brand targeting men who are sophisticated, influential and socially and environmentally conscious.It’s clothing for the fashion savvy man interested in style rather than trend.Think Architect, Lawyer, & Industrial Designer.The VBN man has his roots in surfing, hiking, and snow sports but has grown out of action sports brands. VBN is both progressive and utilitarian.Hang VBN with Rag + Bone, VSTR, Ever, Woolrich, Scotch & Soda and Vintage Work Wear.
Established in Paris in 2004, Veja works with cooperatives of small producers across Brazil, using organic cotton and wild Amazonian rubber to create trainers and accessories that respect both the environment and human rights.
The origin of the Veja project can be summed up in one question: is another world possible? With organic cotton from the Northeast of Brazil and wild Amazonian rubber Veja is inventing new methods of work.
Veja has been built on 3 main principles:
- Using ecological inputs
- Using fair trade cotton and latex
- Respecting workers’ dignity