Joshua Katcher on Femme in Fashion and the Reality of TV | "We're perpetuating harmful systems"
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Entrepreneur, activist and educator Joshua Katcher opens up the world's of TV and Fashion to take us behind the scenes of his own journey navigating masculinity and femininity in an industry of historical "fashion gay" cliches, the exclusion of exclusivity, and his belief that "gender neutral fashion is the future" in the compassion fashion revolution. Also, Joshua shares his thoughts on the world of Reality TV, where it thrives and falls, and what the ultimate point of it is if not to drive us forward.

Joshua Katcher is a fashion entrepreneur, author, educator and vegan cheesemonger who has taught at Parsons The New School and LIM college, and has lectured internationally and lobbied in the United States for sustainable and ethical fashion. In 2019 he published Fashion Animals, the first book dedicated to understanding how and why animals are exploited in the fashion industry.

Katcher was named one of the Top 20 Most Influential Vegans of 2019 by Veg News Magazine. He launched the first vegan, ethically-made menswear fashion brand, Brave GentleMan in 2010 after launching the first men's vegan lifestyle website The Discerning Brute in 2008. VOGUE says that, "The full scope of Katcher’s ethical commitment is rather head-spinning, just as it is to gape about his Williamsburg shop, with its complete future-is-now men’s range". Katcher was awarded "Menswear Brand of the Year, 2016" and "Most Influential Designer of 2015" by PETA. He is a contributor to Business of Fashion, CFDA News and Plant Based News and has been interviewed on major networks, such as PBS News Hour as a fashion expert.

In 2017, Katcher cofounded RIND, a French-style, plant-based cheese company, and in 2020 he launched CIRCUMFAUNA, a data and research-driven platform to bypass animal inputs in fashion.


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