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Being Thoughtful in a World of Fast Fashion and Travel

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Being Thoughtful in a World of Fast Fashion and Travel

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When Lindsay and I were planning our wedding in Ecuador, we wanted it to feel like us. We kept the traditions that felt authentic to who we are and skipped pretty much everything else.

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I thought a white gown was impractical. Lindsay knew she was wearing pants. We are who we are – that doesn’t stop on our wedding day. Lindsay wanted something androgynous but not too masculine. She wanted a fun color, but something that wouldn’t clash with my green gown.

We wanted to be intentional about the symbolism of our commitment. We wanted our day to be beautiful and honor our beliefs as a queer couple that has built a life around globalization and travel.  

 

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We live in a day and age where androgynous fashion is gaining attention and we have access to resources like DapperQ. We both knew we’d find an androgynous suit company, it was just a matter of finding the one we liked best. When I discovered Brave GentleMan by Joshua KatcherLindsay immediately fell in love with the design and vibes.

Brave GentleMan is urban chic gender-neutral high fashion at it’s best. Everything about it says… well… cool. Brave GentleMan does things differently. 

 

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Brave GentleMan knows fast fashion, unchecked materialism, and a global perspective do not mix.

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Brave GentleMan deliberately makes clothing and shoes in smaller sizes to make it easier for women, smaller bodied individuals, and transgender men to find high-end quality clothing that fits. Lindsay is 6 feet tall, thin and has small feet. It’s impossible to find men’s shoes in her size. Their new vegan line of dress shoes fit her perfectly and gave her multiple options to match her personal aesthetic.

Clothing is an extension of our identity. Lindsay dresses the way she does because it best matches how she views herself.

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Fashion is a way for people to outwardly express the way they’d like to be viewed by others. It gives others an immediate impression of where we belong in the world. That’s why flight attendants wear uniforms, performers wear costumes, and might be why you choose the clothing in your suitcase.

It can also serve as a counter-narrative to society’s depiction of the oppressed individual. Despite society’s tendency to force us into categories of dress, the way we chose to present ourselves is not a measurement of our credibility.

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Clothing is a form of expression, but it is also a major global industry. According to a recent study conducted by two Ivy League professors, the fashion industry generates about $2.5 trillion a year and employs about 60 million people around the world. The fashion industry impacts labor, animal rights, pollution, big business and even world politics. It’s also the second largest producer of waste and pollution. Because social justice and travel are two of our strongest values, we knew Brave GentleMan was the perfect company for us.

Brave GentleMan embraces a slow-fashion production model. They invest in sustainable innovation, vegan materials, ethical labor & classic styles made with quality materials. They don’t just talk, they walk the walk. The perfect example of their dedication to ethically sourced materials and global vision is the maroon fabric of Lindsay’s suit. It  was constructed from recycled cotton and polyester fibers taken from landfills because much of the world’s cotton is still picked and processed through slavery and forced labor.

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Issues of global economics and human rights ARE travel issues. I see it as my responsibility as a travel media professional to cover the intersections of the global issues and human rights with tourism and travel. The ethics of fashion fall into that category. Good travel is thoughtful travel. We as travelers need to be aware of the national issues in countries we are visiting and promoting.  Knowing where, how, and by whom the products we consume are made holds us as consumers and travelers accountable for the choices we make.

While clothing allows us to outwardly project something about our internal identity, travel puts a face on global issues. Both are communicating important messages and both illustrate how wide the gap is between the rich and the poor. America represents about 4% of the global population and controls nearly 50% of the global wealth all while about half the world’s population lives on $2USD per day.

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11 Comments

  • Reply Stacey Gilkes at 9:52 pm

    Interesting post. Never thought about fashion that way. I love the colors of the suit and dress together. absolutely amazing and what a great venue

    • Reply Meg Cale at 10:26 pm

      Thank you! I’m really starting to think about travel and world issues in a different way than I have in the past. I hope to find intriguing angles that discuss travel in new ways.

  • Reply elaisha at 10:02 pm

    Your photos are absolutely gorgeous! Congrats 🙂 It’s very true, a lot of people don’t know the impact of where we spend our money and the effects of fast fashion. I’ve stopped shopping at certain stores and while I’m still guilty of succumbing to the temptation of certain brands, this was a great reminder of why I should stick to my guns.

    • Reply Meg Cale at 10:28 pm

      I’m definitely not perfect. I’m still very tempted by fast fashion. I also think it’s worth recognizing that not everyone has the ability to be socially conscious in their purchases. I’m privileged enough to have that ability [sometimes] so I try to do it where I can. I’d love to work towards having a full wardrobe that’s ethically produced. Thanks for commenting Elaisha.

  • Reply Jimmy & Tina Durham at 10:56 pm

    Very cool to learn about Brave GentleMan and to know that there are more options for socially responsible shopping. The suit is fantastic and I love the color! This is a really great and educational piece of work and really enjoyed reading! I’v always know about the social injustices when It comes to fashion and designing clothing but somehow didn’t register how it fits into travel. Another point to add is that many people especially women go out and buy whole new wardrobes for the that one or two vacations a year and never wear the clothes,

  • Reply The Full-Time Tourist at 11:08 pm

    Congratulations you two on your marriage! I absolutely love how the Brave GentleMen line is ethical, sustainable and vegan- three things that are very important values to me, but I find that it’s hard to find in today’s market (which is why I’m trying to buy second hand more instead). Would you be considering a follow-up post about global economics and human rights and a more detailed account about their intersection with travel writing? I’d be very interested to see your take is!

  • Reply 2travellingsisters at 11:14 pm

    Congratulations both of you, love the way you girls coordinated the outfits :). Hatsoff for making such a thoughtful gesture on your special day. Its good to see brands like Brave Gentlemen embracing ethical fashion at a time when some companies do not give second thought on basic human issues but instead focus on making maximum profits.

  • Reply [email protected] at 2:02 am

    The more I travel, the more I become aware under what conditions most of the clothing is manufactured and where it comes from. It’s great to know some companies like Brave GentleMan are producing ethically-made clothing. I love that you both chose such unconventional colors for your wedding but still look very classy. Congrats!

  • Reply Clare Colley at 3:33 pm

    Congratulations. Great to see you using more ethical companies for your clothes. I have to admit that being a backpacker I maybe don’t look as closely at where my clothes were made as I should. We all need to do something to change the world as it is.

  • Reply Helene at 6:40 pm

    Hi! What an interesting article! I’m glad you managed to find a brand that watches your taste and your ethical views! Congrats to both of you ! There’s some unfairness in this world and like you said no one is perfect and all we can do is our best to make it a little better! Thank you for this reminder on how we should be a bit more aware of what we are buying and its consequences! I absolutely think it is link to travelling. We get to witness first hand cultural differences and different ways of living/consuming on our journey and it’s so important to give back and help! I just started my blog and I’m going to focus on fundraising/talking about volunteering in poor countries. Basically about trying to contribute as making this world a better place while traveling! So thank you for this thoughtful article ! 😉

  • Reply Sophie Nadeau | solosophie at 11:05 pm

    Congratulations on your wedding- both your outfits were lovely! I think not considering enough where our clothes come from is definitely something most of us are guilty of. An insightful and important read!

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