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How to be a Vegan Man in 2020

I know what you’re thinking. You don’t want to be labelled as a dreaded snowflake! Ah, that freaking word. It’s awkward, presumptuous and frankly, kinda irritating. But I hear you, you want to make a change. You’re looking to be a different kind of man. A Man of New, even?

But guys, you shouldn’t be worrying about what other people think of you, at least not in a negative sense. In this blog post I’m going to give you some inspirational and informed ideas on how you can be make a change in your life. It doesn’t even have to be a big change. And it should never mean giving up what you love. But even if there’s just a little something in your head questioning your choices, then you’re in the right place. Let’s get started.

Identify Why You Want to be a Vegan

A lot of people don’t like this word. VEGAN. Let’s face it, it’s everywhere now. I hear it from people in coffee shops, in stores and even on the street. In fact I was driving home the other day and saw a vegan KFC advert at a bus stop. But the word, it can sometimes sound militant. And it can sometimes put people off. And it might even put YOU off too.

So why you do you want to be a vegan in this new world of 2020 and beyond? Well, everyone has their reasons. For me, I remember stumbling onto PETA’s website only to find my head in the toilet after watching their exposé videos on factory farming. I went from a steak-loving teen to a well-informed man of new.

Some other reasons include: Getting healthy, challenging your morals, expressing your love for animals, willing to learn new things, lowering your carbon footprint or even learning a new topic. Whatever it may be, know what it’s for, and take the next steps as you mean to go on.

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Trust Me, You Won’t Become a Snowflake

Sorry Pierce Morgan, but having a conscience and control over one’s integrity does not make a snowflake. I’ve grown to tolerate this word, the kind of word anointed to anyone who – in the eyes of the labeler – is someone who sees themselves as unique and delicate. Well first of all, you are unique, just as Pierce Morgan is uniquely irritating, and secondly, you are delicate, in a sense. However strong you are – mentally or physically – you have emotions and you feel things. Just like Pierce Morgan’s delicate instability over Greggs’s vegan sausage roll.

There is this misconception about veganism and masculinity. That by eating meat and wearing leather is somehow synonymous with strength and hetero-normality. Listen, you can still be a tough guy if you are one or want to be. You can still be the man you’ve always been, but instead you’re going to use your newfound knowledge of food and lifestyle in ways that open your eyes, mind and conscience. So trust me, worry not.

Don’t be Smug About it

If there’s anything that puts people off more than a vegan, it’s a self-righteous smug vegan. You know, the one’s that question your food choices, the one’s who manage to slide the topic into any conversation regardless of what anyone was talking about. And yes, that one who, despite their best efforts, will always tell you they’re a vegan.

Here’s the secret. There’s nothing more fascinating than a vegan who’s discovered accidentally.

What I mean by this is, allow people to discover your lifestyle through their observations of your day to day actions. All you have to do is show up for work, dress awesome, smell good, remain and engage in topical conversation, eat good food, and most important of all! do it all with a smile on that handsome face of yours.

Believe me, my friend. If you live a healthy positive lifestyle, regardless of your moral choices, people will gravitate towards you. They may even envy you, sure. But they’ll be curious about you. And eventually, once they’ve fallen for that handsome good-natured guy you are, then the fact you’re vegan won’t be such a shock to them.

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Don’t be Perfect, Just Do

There’s no need right now to go and bin all your leather jackets. Mind you if you do I have great blog post here about some swanky alternatives. But seriously, a lifestyle transition like this does not have to be instant. Likewise don’t go emptying your fridge of meat and dairy just to be left with the odd carrot and bag of spinach. Unless of course you really want to.

For me I actually made the vegetarian transition in a night. Baring in mind that was just meat I rid my fridge of. I kept that massive delicious block of cheese though. And that’s the thing, veganism is harder than vegetarianism. You’re essentially cutting out a lot of what makes up a western diet. So just take your time. Go easy. It’s your life, man. Don’t make it uncomfortable. As long as you’ve got your goals, don’t stress. Be happy, damn it!

It Won’t Affect Your Male Health

If you’re concerns lie in the health areas, you won’t be alone. Many men, and women, think about protein deficiencies, B12 deficiencies, fatigue, muscle-loss, virility and all manner of crappy things that could affect your masculine health. And whilst many of these things are realities (accept for protein-deficiency, that’s just bollocks, sorry) they really don’t deserve your time.

You are a man, and you come with many in-built functions to ensure your temple is maintained. As long as you eat your fruits and veggies, exercise regularly and supplement accordingly, you’ll keep your health on track and your mind in the game. You’ve got this.

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You Don’t Have to be a Hippie

That’s right, you don’t have to change so much you’re no longer you. You’re a modern man, okay. There’s no reason to have your car crushed, your electricity cut off and your garden turned into an allotment. Veganism, if anything, is about progress. It’s not about being perfect or extreme, or at least it shouldn’t be.

Human beings are intelligent and creative and it would be a shame to take steps backwards for the sake of morals, that being said, one should – if they want to pursue veganism – retain their morals and simultaneously take forward steps. You can still have your nice car, you can still eat good food, you can still look super classy, you can still get girls or boys, you can still be attractive. As long as your actions make yourself, others your the environment happy, then have your vegan cake and eat it. Hey, that’s what ManOfNew.com is here for.

You’ve GOT THIS!

Gentlemen, I want you to forget your insecurities for a moment. Imagine you could live the life you’ve always wanted whilst helping those you truly care about. Forget what people may think about you. Forget how your masculinity will be challenged. Now know that reality of living carefree is possible.

There’s nothing stopping you living a healthy, positive and valuable lifestyle that’s impacting, inspiring and sustainable. All you have to do is trust yourself, enjoy your journey and remember there’s more too it than self-sacrifice. Vegan burgers are still bangin’.

-Christopher

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Canada Goose & Moncler Alternatives

Gentleman, there’s no denying the explosion and popularity of the parka in the last decade. It seems this technical garment is now a fashionisto’s must have, and big brands like Canada Goose and Moncler have really taken the industry by storm by incorporating technicality and luxury into this high end designer garment.

Their philosophy: “You will not be cold” works on so many levels, but couple this with celebrity & influencer endorsements and a proud exposure to the movie industry and these brands are making huge headlines. But let’s say you want to be a Man of New and retain your ethics, whilst ensuring you stay just as warm as the fat cats promise whilst looking stylish. Here are some incredible alternative parkas that will ensure you’re toasty and comfortable, won’t incinerate your wallet and keep you looking swish.

Ethical Vegan Parkas

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Parka – Buffalo Systems

Buffalo are not only made in the UK, Sheffield to be precise, they are also free from animal products. Being based in the UK ensures Buffalo are able to keep on top of their production should they make any improvements to their garments.

With the Parka, the coat incorporates a synthetic design which creates a micro climate around the body, wicking away body moisture, evaporating it from the skin all whilst keeping moisture from the outside away from the inside. Ingenious, practical and at a great price. You may not get your fashion fix from this brand but you’ll certainly get your warmth in.

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Men’s Nordic Parka – Hemp Tailor

If your partial to a little faux fur then Hemp Tailor is the brand for you. Many of their designs incorporate a realistic faux fur trim on the hood for that extra warmth factor. Hemp Tailor also pioneer, you guessed it, hemp! A strong, positive material that enriches the ground in which it’s grown, whilst providing breathable and durable wear to your garment. They are also free from chemicals, toxins and pesticides which is great of you have sensitive skin.

With the Nordic Parka, the coat has undergone a Hemp cellulose waterproof coating to ensure moisture stays out. Another win for a non chemical consumer. This is certainly a brand to invest in if you’re looking for something fashionable, technical and practical.

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Eskimo Parka – Parka London

Another great option if you want the traditional fur look that goes the extra mile to mimic the real thing, especially with the iconic Eskimo silhouette. With Primaloft insulation – an American synthetic invention developed for the US army – you can be guaranteed a warm wear when donning this piece. This is great if you’re doing anything that might be wet. Where natural down can be heavy and unresistant to water, Primaloft is lightweight and retains body warmth very effectively.

The Eskimo Parka is a great option if you want that combination of fashion and practicality. A parka’s job is to keep you warm, and the Eskimo does this awesomely, and with the extra addition of the faux fur trim you can retain that comfy edge.

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Model: P4532M SMEG9 – Save the Duck

Add a touch of fun to your wardrobe with this awesomely warm coat from Save the Duck. Featuring a clean a modernistic silhouette that will not only keep you wrapped up but will give you a truly urban look that will remain fashionable for the many years you have it.

With this model you have timelessness coupled with essential functionality, featuring superior breathability and water and wind resistance.

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Bay Street Parka – Wuxly Movement

Boasting a very similar style and material use as Canada Goose but without the apparent animal cruelty, Wuxly has made waves with its ultra warm parkas, classing itself as “The World’s Warmest Outwear Brand”. That’s a bold statement, and when you couple this with ethics and good style, it’s hard to ignore this brand as an example of ticking all the boxes.

The Bay Street Parka not only comes with a five year guarantee but is designed to withstand temperatures as low as -30 degrees Celsius. Even our British weather can’t keep up with Wuxly’s superior snugness. Tailored fit, water resistant and full of Primaloft Gold standard insulation for warmth, breathability and water repellency! Beat that, Canada Goose.

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Conclusion

With just a little effort, you can find some great alternatives on the market that are just as, if not better, good a quality as the leading houses currently dominating the parka market. If your concern however is brand image, then of course the big players like your Canada Goose and Moncler will entice you with their bold claims, killer marketing and celebrity endorsements.

It’s up to you what you decide to wear out there for the world to see. If you want to see more ethical brands making waves then you should think about where to invest your money. Be the change and be a trend setter, not a trend follower.

*What do you think? Do these ethical-based brands have what it takes to compete in the big leagues? What should they focus on if they want to be taken seriously in the eyes of the quality/fashionable hungry general public? Feel free to post your thoughts below.

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Vegan Men’s Fashion Basics – Part 3 – Choosing Chinos

Chinos for Vegan Men

Following on from our last post, Vegan Men’s Fashion Basics – Part 2 – Jeans & Denim, we now move into yet another familiar territory: Chinos! Like the jean, chinos offer versatility but with the added bonus of being that little bit comfier and dare I say, a little less obvious. Like denim, chinos are also made from cotton, so for us vegan guys, or guys looking for a little more clarity in their clothing choices, you can rest assured this post will benefit you, animals and the people that make them.

The History of the Chino

Taking its routes, much like the denim, from a military heritage, chinos were once a staple in the colour khaki – a spectrum of earthen pastel-like browns and greens – apparently taking it’s name form the Hindi word for ‘dust’, of which helped was used to dye British troops’ white uniforms to appear more camouflaged out in the field.

The name ‘chino’ however, takes its name from the Spanish word for China, of which the cotton to make chinos in the 19th century takes its name. It was later popularised by the US army, and like the denim jean, the chino was continuously worn after service, where it found its way into civilian fashion and became an icon of Ivy League university attire. The chino now stands as a smart-casual must have, inspiring not just the ‘preppy’ look, but fitting nicely into a myriad of both casual and formal outfits.

Types of Chinos

Classically the chino is an easy garment to wear. Generally a straight cut with a mid-rise, much like the classic straight fit jean, and in its classic khaki colour, a chino really is a suitable option for most body types and styles. However you can totally find them in a multitude of colours and fits to suit your mood and style.

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Straight Fit Chino

Classic straight cut. Mid to high rise waist. Cream khaki colour. And there you have the basics for a truly integral wardrobe essential. Designed to compliment a multitude of outfits, this is a chino that will not let you down. Get the size right and the natural cut of this straight fit chino will ensure repeated and enjoyed wear for years.

Looking for a brand idea? Check out The Aato Chino from Armedangels. Made from organic cotton and a little elasthane for added comfort. You’ll be glad to have a pair like this when you need them.

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Slim Fit Chino

If you’re looking for a slightly tapered silhouette or your frame is more on lean side, you may prefer a slim fit chino. Offering as much comfort as a straight fit, but with a tighter touch and a more narrow leg opening. Opt for a darker shade chino this time round for a more streamlined concept.

Looking for a brand idea? Check out the Knowledge Chino from Brothers We Stand. A fantastic option if you’re looking for, not only a garment built with sustainability and longevity in mind, but with the added extra of a vegan jacron on the back pocket.

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Lightweight Fit Chino

Abandoning the use of elastane for that stretch comfort, a lightweight fit can offer you comfort regular chinos deliver but with the natural touch of 100% cotton. Designed to be lightweight for movement, this type of chino acts like a trouser with the bonus of being tough and ultra comfortable.

Looking for a brand idea? Check out The Lightweight Chino from Rozenbroek. High quality, GOTS certified and made to order. It doesn’t get more personal, more ethical and more stylish than this.

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When to Wear Your Chinos

The great thing about chinos is their versatility. You can, to a degree, wear them for most occasions. They suit both casual and formal occasions and, depending on the fit and colour you opt for, offer a compliment to the rest of your outfit.

Smart Casual/ Formal: Ensuring you keep your footwear formal also, a dark straight fit chino will suffice for most formal and smart casual occasions. Lighter coloured chinos work well for a summer feel and look great when paired with a contrasting darker blazer.

Casual: Because of the way they’re tailored, you’ve got the added bonus of looking swish even when dressing casually with chinos. Going with any colour or style, as long as you enjoy the wear and the way they look, a chino won’t let you down with your less than formal events. Experiment with contrasting colours from your top half for a truly summery feel also.

Chino Fit Basics

Like the basics of wearing a T-shirt, chinos should fit you properly in both waist and length regardless of the fit you and cut you go with. Whilst you can follow the basic rules of an ankle break (a slight bunching of fabric above the shoe) chinos have the benefit of looking smart even with a slight ankle exposure. If you like, you can opt for low ankle footwear and no socks for a truly summery look. So don’t worry too much if the chino doesn’t quite reach all the way down the leg. A few inches above the ankle will look modern and stylish.

Quality

Try not to be too tempted by cheap chinos. It’s often the result of the fast-fashion industry and created using cheaper cotton and cheap labour that’s often exploitative and unethical. Always check the certifications and credentials of the brand your buying from to ensure they’re playing fairly.

If you can, try your chinos on before buying them, or ensure there’s an easy return policy when buying many options online. You want to make sure your chinos are durable yet comfortable, especially in moment.

Conclusion

I love a good pair of chinos. They’re that ideal middle ground between the casualty of denim and the formality of suit trousers. Versatility is also a key attribute of chinos and can style up and style down any outfit depending on your event. Remember to have fun with fit and colour and know whatever option you go for you’ve got comfort to look forward to.

What are your thoughts? What chino brands do you love and are there any vegan friendly brands you enjoy wearing? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Vegan Men’s Fashion Basics – Part 2 – Jeans & Denim

Jeans & Denim for Vegan Men

Following on from our last article Vegan Men’s Fashion Basics – Part 1 – Choosing a T-shirt, we can now move on to yet another wardrobe must-have. Your denim. Jeans, like the T-shirt, are an absolute staple item. You need them, period! Whatever style you choose to go for, and however ethical you want to be, (don’t worry, we will cover denim ethics shortly) you must have denim on stand by.

Considering how denim will serve you as a vegan man is of course important, but knowing about versatility and personality of denim is also important before you throw your money at any style or any brand. The great thing about denim is it lasts for AGES, and not only that, it ages with you and develops its own individuality tailored to you. And for vegan men, part of our fashion cycle is not to have to buy too much when it isn’t necessary. Denim is a good in that regard.

The History of the Jean

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From bikers to cowboys to rebels and presidents, jeans have made their stamp on western fashion as a versatile classless garment that will likely never be beat. Pioneered by the Levi Strauss & Co in the mid eighteen hundreds, denim presented itself as a working-class garment that could handle the pressure of a labour-intensive work life. Following from the success of the Levi’s 501 line came the success of Lee, Wrangler and Lee Cooper, all covering areas of the west and delivering the robust versatility that the denim jean offered.

In terms of style, denim has seen only minor changes. However, the production process of denim jeans are further in the spotlight thanks to the likes of ethical standards and the access to information. We are now seeing the spotlight on factors such as excessive water usage, high CO2 production, labour exploitation and use of pesticides, all of which are notorious in both present and historical productions of denim. However, there are ethical clothing brands at work, and we’re going to check them out.

Types of Jeans

Denim comes in many types as you may already know. Not only that, but many brands have their own features that for some will be a selling point and for others a deal breaker, as denim is something that, when bought correctly, will be in your life for long time. Below is a selection of basic fits and styles you may want to consider when you buy your next pair of ethical jeans.

Straight Fit

A straight cut jean is by far the most versatile cut you need in your collection. This is best for you if you’re just starting out on your fashion journey. Straight fits offer both structure and freedom of movement whilst providing you with a classic silhouette. Couple your choice with a relaxed mid-rise waistline for something that will nicely define you.

Looking for a brand idea? Check out the Weaver/Purpose from HNST. Made In Italy with both cotton and recycled clothing, and with a myriad of exceptional certifications. This quality and ethics are matched to perfection.

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Realxed Fit

Similar to your straight cut in style, the relaxed cut is, as it says, a laid back relaxed fit, which enables you to perform your daily errands or daily lounging without the stiffness of a straight cut. Perfect for an outfit on the far more casual side. Great also if your legs are on the muscled side. If a baggier silhouette is not to your taste, you may wish instead to opt for the straight or slim cut mentioned next.

Looking for a brand idea? Check out the WORKER / Organic Relaxed Straight Leg Jean in Light Wash from Monkee Genes. Made from 100% organic cotton and compliant with GOTS standards. Their jeans also produce 46% less CO2 than non organic brands, negate the use of harmful pesticides, use up to 80% less water in each pair of jeans and are part of the Fashion Revolution Movement.

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Slim Fit

If a relaxed cut is far from the silhouette you’re after, then a slim leg may be your thing. Tapered, skinny or tailored as they are sometimes known as, the slim fit is great for, you guessed it, a slim leg. You can try and pull this off if your larger framed, though bare in mind the comfort or discomfort level. Slim fits are great for slim hips, thighs and calves and can come in skinnier variants depending on how skin-tight you want them.

Looking for a brand idea? Check out the Ambassdor Slim Fit from Outerknown. Available in many shades and made from organic cotton and a little spandex for stretch. Outerknown also produce their jeans in the world’s most cleanest and environmentally friendly facility in Vietnam. They also have a lifetime guarenttee and an up-scale system for jeans you no longer want to keep.

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When to Wear Your Jeans

It’s pretty much common knowledge that, like the basics of wearing a T-shirt, you’re not going to wear your jeans to a job interview/wedding/funeral. Denim is for casual and on some occasions, smart casual, depending on what you’re wearing it with. To make things easy, use these basic tips:

Smart Casual/ Formal: A dark pair of jeans in a straight fit is acceptable. Make sure they have minimum detailing however, like fashion tears, acid washing and multiple whiskering, you know, those fold lines around the upper thigh areas of the jean.

Casual: A lighter shade jean in a more relaxed fit is perfectly acceptable here. And if it floats your boat you can even opt for the aesthetic extras such as the tears and whiskering, though don’t allow it to detract too much from your ensemble. You don’t want to make too much of a scene when you’re trying to be chilled and relaxed.

Jean Fit Basics

Like the basics of wearing a T-shirt, jeans should fit you properly, regardless of the jean fit, like relaxed, straight or slim. This means the waist measurement of the jean should be the size of your waist with just enough give that you can pull on and remove them without having to yank so hard. Don’t go so loose though that you get that bunching of the fabric should you wear a belt with them.

When it comes to length, know there are usually three types, short, regular and long. Most website and stores will offer a size guide though it’s recommended you try them on first. The leg should always reach the top of your ankle and have a slight break (a slight folding of fabric above the shoe) when you have your shoes on. If there’s too much break, you can fold the fabric up, but if you have to do this too much, it’s likely the leg is too long.

Vegan Fabrics

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Whilst denim is not made from animals, per se, and whilst most denim houses like the more established commercial brands are also vegan in some way, there are a few points to consider should you want to ensure your choice remains as such. The biggest culprit is usually the ‘Jacron’, more commonly known as the leather patch on the back.

In order to keep it vegan, you should ensure the jacron is made from an alternative piece of fabric, such as reinforced paper, plastic or recycled non-animal based materials.

It’s also worth noting that the jeans you buy are from a denim house who source their fabrics and materials from sustainable and ethical sources. The big one to look out for is the GOTS Certification, which ensures the material, in this case cotton, has been grown to a sustainable, social and environmental standard and has a strict criteria. The standard does not set criteria for leather products, which makes things easier when buying jeans.

Ethical Examples

Printed Jacron

From Mud Jeans we have the Regular Dunn in Stone Blue, where as you can see from the photo, the Jacron is in fact printed directly onto the denim, negating the need for a secondary material.

If you don’t know Mud Jeans, you forever will now! With Mud Jeans the majority of their denim is manufactured using denim destined for landfill, and ensuring their production is as stringent on water usage and C02 production, becoming one of best carbon neutral denim manufacturers on the market.

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Quality

Try not to be too tempted by cheap denim. It’s often the result of the fast-fashion industry and created using cheaper cotton and cheap labour that’s often exploitative and unethical. Always check the certifications and credentials of the brand your buying from to ensure they’re playing fairly.

It’s also a good idea to assess the weight of your denim. Lighter denim is oftentimes cheaper and can tear easily, though a too-heavy denim can take a long and uncomfortable time to wear in before it stretches to your personal movements. When in doubt, go for a pair that fits well and feels tough yet accommodating.

Conclusion

Denim is a fantastic creation. It’s sublimely versatile and, when worn correctly, can compliment an outfit without much effort. Denim is also a very personal experience. Admittedly many of the brands mentioned above are available online, it’s always a good ideas to wear a pair before you commit. Denim can feel tough at first, but through love and wear, your jeans will eventually mould themselves to you. Denim is personal and when right, will serve you for years.

What are your thoughts? What denim brands do you love and are there any vegan friendly brands you enjoy wearing? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Vegan Valentine’s Day – Gifts for Men

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Vegan Valentine’s Day – Gift Ideas for Him

Valentine’s Day is on it’s way again! Friday 14th February, don’t forget! Now, gentleman, and ladies, Valentine’s Day is oh so special. It’s about love, declarations, commitments, food and loads of chocolate. And certainly, some good old fashioned romantic meaningful gift-giving. So weather you’re buying for your lover, looking to treat the man in your life, or you’re a ‘man of new’ ready to drop some hints, here’s the list to get you inspired.

Mesh Classic – Votch – £130.00

UK-based Votch Watch have been making waves for a while now. Offering options with both mesh and vegan leather straps, where each purchase gives back to a select charity, and is delivered in ethical, low-environmentally impacting recyclable packaging.

Votch watches are minimalist, stylish and ‘timeless’, and will forever be a staple in any ethically-minded fashion and watch enthusiast. Treat him this Valentine’s day.

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Chocolate Hazelnut Spread – Hotel Chocolat – £6

Spread it about! Spread it where you fancy. 😉 Hotel Chocolat have done it again with another stand out product destined to be devoured. Going with their ethos of low sugar high cocoa, this classic praline chocolate and hazelnut spread is soulful, satisfying, rich and smooth.

All men love chocolate, we all do of course. It is by far, the sexiest, most romantic most addictive thing out there, and even better when it’s fully vegan certified and from a company who look after their people.

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Oakbark Pouch – Watson & Wolfe – £90

Man of New first came across Watson & Wolfe in the Vegan Living Magazine in the UK. England-based brand Watson & Wolfe believe luxury quality is in its materials and craftsmanship, naturally!

And as such, their products are expertly and unbeleivably created using materials such as flax and cotton mixed with corn, soybeans, and vegetable oils, which are layered together, with a soft recycled-bottle interior. Low-impact, sustainable and vegan. This stylish document pouch replicating a traditional luxury leather product will surely impress the man in your life.

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Vegan Shaving Brush – Wild Sage + Co – £12

Every man should have a shaving brush. Even better, every man should have ‘vegan’ shaving brush, made using synthetic hypoallergenic fibres instead on the usual badger hair. Better yet, the vegan shaving brush from Wild Sage + Co would be a perfect addition to any man’s shaving regimen.

By raising the facial hair, a traditional soap lather application to any wet shave is a must for closeness, comfort and precision. From a brand that’s dedicated to home-produced skincare that’s ethical, sourced from nature and good for both skin and the environment. Do him a favour this Valentine’s Day, and get this brand on his shelf!

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Brighton Gin Pavilion Strength 40% – Brighton Gin – £37.50 (700ml)

What gentleman doesn’t like gin? Well at Man of New, I certainly do, and I’m always on the look out for new brands looking to push the flavours and the ethnically of their heritage. Introducing Brighton Gin, created from a passion of literally both these two fabulous things.

A gin that embodies the Spirit of Brighton: unusual, playful and fiercely independent. Uisng only certified 100% certified organic and vegan materials, all the way down to the glue on their labels. Seriously, this Valentine’s Day, no other gin will do.

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Jersey Bamboo Briefs – BAM Bamboo Clothing – £12

Let’s face it, the brief is back. It just is, and it ain’t going anywhere regardless of the stick it gets. It’s sexy, practice and a true classic essential to any Valentine’s prezzie. Put it in his gift back already.

Created using bamboo viscose and cotton, these two materials marry together to create a superior softness than all-cotton that is also matchless in temperature and moisture control and even has naturally inbuilt UV protection. Operated in the UK, BAM is dedicated to high quality ethically created garments that he will love wearing again and again. Another brand for the list favourites, guys!

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Echinocactus Grusonii – Ikea £17

Let’s face it. Buying flowers for a man can be tricky. So instead, I dare you to challenge any cosmopolitan guy who’s never had a plant to try and neglect a cactus! Especially one this resilient. A great test in his caring nature, a cactus is great for any Valentine’s Day gift for those who’re looking to give something a little different.

Water it sparingly, give it moderate sun, and any man will glow with pride to see his prickly bezzie flourish. You can buy any cactus from any garden centre, though if you’re looking for a budget option, the Ikea echinocactus option is certainly suitable.

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