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Vegan Valentine’s Day – Gifts for Men

Vegan Valentine's Day

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.

Photo is copyright of Watson & Wolfe Ltd. All rights reserved. Image is not owned by Man of New. Price accurate at time of publication.

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.

Photo is copyright of Brighton Spirits Company. All rights reserved. Image is not owned by Man of New. Price accurate at time of publication.

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!

Photo is copyright of Bamboo Clothing Ltd. All rights reserved. Image is not owned by Man of New. Price accurate at time of publication.

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.

Photo is copyright of Inter IKEA Systems. All rights reserved. Image is not owned by Man of New. Price accurate at time of publication.

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Best Ethical Shampoos for Men

ethical hair care for men

We hear you, good sir! You want to look after your hair. What self-respecting man these days doesn’t? It can sometimes be a bit of misconceived topic, hair care. And whilst you may be able to relay on the fact that, yes, hair does in fact produce it’s own regulating oils to stay healthy, there’s no doubt the amount of stress we put on it with styling products, constant style changes and the urban environments we live in.

Man Of New has curated a truly descent collection of ethical and vegan hair care products that will ensure your bonnet stands proud, and your hunger for quality will be sated. No longer will you head for the supermarket for big labels who, let’s face it, made a name for themselves through clever marketing, packaging and brand awareness.

With these choices you now have high quality, ethical and vegan options for your bathroom cabinet. Check out some of our favourites below.

Ethical Hair Care for All Skin Types

Black Spruce Hair Wash – Lavett and Chin – £40 (236ml)

Kicking off we have the Black Spruce Hair Wash from Lavett and Chin. An all-natural formula that’s gentle on the scalp and suitable for all skin types. With an advamced formula to promote silky strong hair growth, you’ll be glad to know this shampoo has been designed utilising completely clean processes. Completely vegan, ethical and free from synthetic fragrance and dyes.

Ethical Vegan shampoo for men

Daily Strengthening Shampoo – Brickell – £20 (237ml)

If volume is something you lack, then this is for you! Utilising the best in natural ingredients, Brickell daily strengthening shampoo delivers a powerhouse of assets to leave your mane flake-free, stimulated and strong. Brickell also pride themselves on their standout reviews from both customers and professionals. This, guys, is a brand to get involved with.

Invigorating Seaweed Shampoo – Neal’s Yard – £11.50 (200ml)

No list would be complete without Man of New’s favourite, Neal’s Yard. Use their invigorating Seaweed Shampoo to combat the likes of dry scalp and irritation, and best of all, it’s developed with a low-lather foam to avoid stripping too much natural oil from the hair. Rinse with cold water too if you can handle it to really bring through that promised shine.

Itch Away Shampoo – Green People – £13.50 (150ml)

Winner of the Best Male Grooming Product from the Natural & Organic Awards Europe 2018, Green People have an impressive portfolio of effective products, all of which came with an array of vegan-friendly certifications. Itch Away shampoo is, you guessed it, perfect for those with itchy, dry and flaky scalps. SLS, silicone and gluten free, this shampoo is also antiseptic and antibacterial with its use of tea tree oil.

Equalising Shampoo – Aesop – £33 (500ml)

With efficacy and sensory pleasure in mind, Aesop are a real player in the high luxury ethical skincare category. Truly original in its creation, their products strive to be not only the best but the safest in their ultra minimalist yet effective approach. With their equalising shampoo, you’re issues with oiliness will be thing of the past, delivering full body and shine without any drastic astringency with their use of botanical ingredients. Is also a great option for those who live in heavy environments like cities.

Natural Botanical Shampoo – Reverie – $38 (250ml)

A relatively smaller player to the ethical market, Reverie comes in strong with its Natural Botanical Shampoo, made from an entirely biodegradable formula, designed to repair damage, increase strength and restore any lost vibrancy. Safe also for any of you guys that use colour and made without any nasty Sulphates, Silicones, Parabens, Phthalates, Artificial Fragrance, Artifical Coloring, Glycols, Petrochemicals, Glutens or Animal Derivatives. BIG Win!

Nourishing Shampoo – True Botanicals – $34 (240ml)

Antioxidant packed and brimming with citrus notes. Nourishing shampoo, suitable for all hair types, is a non-stripping, using a coconut-derived surfactant for a rich lather. Easy to use with no sketchy synthetics, this shampoo from True Botanicals is delivered to you from a house that even beats the big competitors, boasting a Made Safe certification for all its products.

Guys, you’ve seen it here. These days, there’s no excuse to concern yourself with sketchy synthetic ingredients that are hard to pronounce at the best of times. Now you can lather up good and proper with these high performance botanical-based shampoos that’ll leave your bonnet shiny, strong and masculine.

Styling Basics for Vegan Men
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Styling Basics for Vegan Men

There’s a huge misconception about vegan people when it comes to fashion. Images of tie dye t-shirts, baggy secondhand jeans and beaded hair comes to mind, but let’s face it, times have changed and fashion has elevated and improved tenfold. Having said that, there’s a lot of information and conflicting advice on ethical fashion, and sometimes ethics can stand in the way of style. But I’m here to change that for you. And with a few basics, you’ll be rocking the coolest kindest wardrobe in no time.

Know Your Brands

Thankfully, Man of New has you covered with its ever-improving list of Best Men’s Ethical Fashion Brands currently on the market. With a good portfolio of options on hand you’ll have no need to resort to less-than-ethical fashion houses for both your fashion basics and luxuries. And never again will you be subjected to anything remotely resembling a stereotypical vegan.

Know Your Size for Good Fit

Just because you’re buying ethical does not mean you need to stray from convention when it comes to sizing. Simply knowing your measurements will help when selecting your pieces. Likewise, it’s very important getting the size of a garment right despite it’s shape or style.

For example, jeans come in many fits from relaxed to super skinny, and either should still be to your size in areas such as the waist and length. Don’t fool yourself by buying sizes that are either too large or too small to achieve a certain look. Instead aim for fits that are ‘relaxed’, ‘tailored’, ‘muscle’ or ‘regular’.

Have Fun With Colour

Again, you don’t have to resort to truly natural colours to adhere to a ‘vegan-look’. Then again, you neither have to shout out your individuality with anything too garish either. If anything, less is more when it comes to colour.

In fact, choosing neutrals such as black, white, grey, brown, navy, cream and khaki can really create that much-needed foundation for your wardrobe. When you have your basics, you can begin to inject pops of colour to elevate. Sticking to a maximum of three colours can also maintain a sense of modernity without going overboard and maintaining just enough personality, so feel free to experiment.

Experiment With Textures

The basics principles of style apply to both vegan and non-vegan men alike. Sure, by limiting the variety of options to you, such as leather, wool and of course fur, you in a sense have less to work with, or so you might think. There are in fact an abundance of vegan-friendly materials for you to choose from, such as organic cotton, linen, hemp, lyocell, modal, hemp, rayon.

Remember the seasons when choosing textures. Colder times of the year may demand more elaborate chunkier textures, whereas garments with little to no texture offer a more contemporary airy feel.

Silhouette

Creating a flattering illusion is important for men when it comes to body types. Depending on how you want to present yourself, you should think about the overall shape of your outfit. Think about how you want your clothes to hang from your body, what kind of movement you want them to take when you yourself are in motion, what areas of the body do you want to accentuate?

This is a good opportunity to analyse your own body shape. Are you larger in the hips but smaller in the shoulders? Consider accentuating your upper body with chunkier garments. Want to appear taller? Opt for shorter jackets with a higher waist button, and trousers with little to no break around your ankle.

Accesories

This is a fun part. Accessories can finalise an outfit and add that touch of character to your appearance. Turn truly simple outfits into intentional ones with the addition of a wristwatch. Increase your personality and even height with a hat. Add structure to your face with different glasses styles if you wear them.

Remember to keep things colour coordinated to maintain that element of control in your presence. And try not to go too overboard. Like your colour pallet, try and stick to around three accessories per outfit until you get more acquainted with your overall personal style.

Bonus! Beware Big Brands

If there’s anything I’ve learnt working in the luxury sector, it’s people can be quite insecure about their place in society. Don’t take this opinion to heart. But from observed behaviours, it’s incontrovertible that big-name brands are at the forefront of some people’s social presence.

Here’s the thing. Nobody actually cares. Nobody cares that you have ‘this big brand‘ slapped across your pecs, or ‘that cool fad‘ stapled to your your shoulder. Just slow down and analyse why you wear these things. Big brands are successful because they know how to make just that: BRANDS. And sometimes the actual product can loose its essence, becoming nothing more than a billboard using you as free marketing.

Thankfully, with ethical brands such as those on the Man of New’s list of Best Men’s Ethical Fashion Brands, you have the luxury of knowing your product comes with a story. And sure, not many people will know who these smaller players are, but hey, you know you look good and simultaneously kept your integrity.

Vegan footwear for men
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Best Vegan Sneakers for Men

Sneakers, trainers, whatever you wanna call them. If you’re looking to style up your active footwear without compromising on your ethics, check out these kickers. There’s enough choice for any look from compassionate companies making a grounded impact. Brands include: Keep, Inkkas, Vegetarian Shoes, Native, Ethletic, Nae, Hugo Boss, Gola and Veja. Each brand is committed to bringing you not only earth-friendliness, high quality and premium style, but also athletic suitability. Take your pick!

Black vegan sneaker for men

Panther 2 Sneaker in Black – Vegetarian Shoes – £74.95

Totally vegan and totally comfortable. Made also from Vegetan Uppers, a material that is breathable and water resistant with a high biodegradable rate. Grippy, stylish and versatile should you wear it casually or practically for the gym.

Ethletic sneakers for vegan men

Fair Sneaker Root II in Worker’s Blue – Ethletic – €89,90

Environmentally sustainable, vegan and fair. With a removable antibacterial insole made from coconut fibres, this sneaker comes with many well-crafted features. Coming in many colours, we especially like the blue for a standout look.

Limited-edition 100% vegan trainers in Piñatex®

Limited-edition 100% vegan trainers in Piñatex® – Hugo Boss – £219

From a fashion powerhouse comes this pineapple leaf creation, finished with plant-based dyes, organic cotton laces and recycled outsoles. Breathable, practical, ethical and incorporating the true Boss style. Both fashionable and great for light gym use. Made in Italy.

Vegan Running Shoes for Men

Prism Flex Runner – Inkkas – $79

Looking for a standout pair of running shoes? Inkkas has you covered. Introducing the Prism Flex Runner, one of their most premium and comfortable shoes, both ethical and comfortable. Cushioned for comfort, either laced up or slipped on, totally stylish and completely vegan. And for every purchase made a tree is planted.

Vegan Running Shoes for Men

Mercury 2.0 Liteknit – Native – £99

An easy slip on or lace up, the Mercury 2.0 is versatility at its greatest, featuring many standout features such as strong impact absorbency for hard gym use, easy machine washable and a one-piece construction for added durability. Once again, this is a stylish yet practical option for either your workouts our your casual outings.

Vegan Running and gym Shoes for Men

Condor Mesh Grafite White – Veja – €130

Made from a multitude of innovative materials, including recycled plastic bottles, organic cotton, recycled polyester, rice oil, banana waste and castor oil of all things. A truly remarkable ingredients list for a truly fashionable, sporty, modern and practical gym shoe.

Vegan Running Shoes for Men

Classics Men’s Comet Plimsoll Trainer – Gola – $60

A truly plimsoll look with a denim touch. The Comet is ever so comfortable and suitable for light gym use whilst remaining fashionable and versatile for any look. Vegan friendly and you wouldn’t even think it.

Vegan gym shoes for men

The Homer Willow – Keep – $65

Looking for something simple and easy? The Homer Willow from Keep is calm option for a light workout in the gym, or of course a great wear for your light casual looks. Interchangeable laces to mix up your look, the Homer Willow won’t let you down.

eco friendly sneakers for men and women

Nilo Grey Oxford Sneaker – Nae – £85

Made entirely from recycled materials using systems that are Co2 free! Materials are hypoallergenic, antibacterial and antimicrobial which aids in the avoidance of odours. Slip-resistant and minimalist in look. These shoes are no only good for the planet, they’re handmade in Portugal and from a brand that is hot on both animal and employee welfare. Get a pair of these!

* Prices are accurate at the time of publication.