Designer spotlight: Men's accessories

These self-taught, local talents will keep you looking dapper in their eye-catching neckwear.

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Black check tie, $90 (normally $100), at bravegentleman.com


Joshua Katcher of Brave GentleMan (bravegentleman.com)

Who he is: Katcher started his eco-conscious fashion, food and lifestyle blog, the Discerning Brute (thediscerningbrute.com), in 2008. As an extension of this, the Williamsburg resident simultaneously launched an online men's vegan-fashion shop and a line of neckties and bow ties ($100 each)—both under the name Brave GentleMan—in early 2011. "There was a hole in the market," explains Katcher. "The stuff geared toward guys was very limited and not designed the most handsomely." The Syracuse University grad has no formal design training and continues to work in the television industry as a freelance camera operator, editor, director and producer. "I ended up in the fashion world as a creative platform for my environmentalism and concern for animals," notes Katcher. "Fashion allows you to package those messages in a different way than a nonprofit would. It makes it more accessible and appealing, and defies the do-gooder, crunchy stereotype."

About the line: Katcher's sleek, tailored accessories are inspired by the dandy aesthetic and the functionality of military clothing. "I like very utilitarian, classic design," he says. "I'm not trying to reinvent the wheel—I just want stuff that stands the test of time, which is important from a sustainability standpoint." The neckwear is made locally in the Garment District from recycled hemp, organic cotton or recycled polyester. In spring 2013, Brave GentleMan plans to offer suits, which will be made in Williamsburg from sustainable and cruelty-free textiles.

Where to buy: Use code "TONY2012" at bravegentleman.com for 10 percent off all purchases through March 21.

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