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Joshua Katcher

Joshua   Katcher

Part-time Lecturer

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  • Joshua Katcher is a fashion instructor at Parsons The New School for Design. He is currently writing his first book, Fashion & Animals, and has lectured on that topic at Princeton, The American University of Paris, Parsons, Brown, UPenn, and FIT among others. Katcher started the first men’s ethical lifestyle website, The Discerning Brute in 2008, focusing on “fashion, food and etiquette for the ethically handsome man.” Katcher launched the Brave GentleMan label and eCommerce platform in 2010, spearheading the first vegan, ethically-made menswear fashion brand that utilizes organic, recycled and hi-tech materials he refers to as future-leather, future-wool and future-silk. His first retail location opened in 2015 in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Katcher was named "Most Influential Designer" of 2015 by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and Brave GentleMan is currently nominated as Vegan Brand of the Year in the 2015 Fashion Net Awards. He is named 2014 Man Of The Year by COCO ECO Magazine, 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 Veg News Magazine. He is a contributor to Huffington Post and LAIKA Magazine, has appeared on the cover of Vegan Good Life Magazine, and has been interviewed on major networks, such as, Al Jazeera America as an expert in the field of vegan, ethical and sustainable fashion. Learn more: &

    Degrees Held:

    BFA in Art Video from Syracuse University

    Recent Publications:

    Fashion's Bilogical Future is Now, Huffington Post 

    Performances and Appearances:

    Cells and Seams: A Discussion on Biotechnology and Fashion
    Presented by Eyebeam 
    12 Sep 2015 
    34 35th St., Unit 26, Brooklyn, NY, 11232

    Moderated by lecturer and designer, Joshua Katcher, this discussion will focus on research and developments in biotechnology and fashion. The diverse roster of panelists will exemplify textile, garment and jewelry designs employing concepts like biomateriaility, sustainability and ethics in fashion production. How is biofabrication currently being explored and reimagined through experiential applications on the body and clothing?

    Panelists: Stefani Bardin, Annelie Koller, Ayodamola Okunseinde and Ali Shachtschneider

    "Because Green looks good in Black"
    Oct. 29th, 7-10p.m. at Usagi NY
    Usagi NY, Brooklyn, NY is pleased to announce the launch of Romina Sotirova at our space on October 29, 2015. Come to join us in celebrating the evening with her Fall/ Winter 16-17 collection and panel discussion on sustainable fashion with special guests. The event aims to involve and inspire people about sustainability and fashion through voices of local pioneers in the field and share their idea. We will explore how we can integrate sustainability as a model into your own activities or business.

    Research Interests:

    Vegan fashion, sustainbility, ethical fashion, biofabrication, biotechnology, biological engineering, fashion history, fashion deconstruction

    Awards and Honors:

    Most Influential Designer of 2015
    Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)

    Man of the Year 2014
    Coco Eco Magazine

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