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Today’s hype-fueled fashion landscape yields a mountain of fresh menswear every month. Which is why every issue of GQ now includes The Drops, a guide to the best of the best new gear as it hits stores. This month, we’re digging into clothes and accessories that leave a minimal trace: shirts made from other shirts, shorts crafted from old fishing nets, and one pair of boots constructed from cactus- and pineapple-based leathers. Because getting dressed with sustainability in mind shouldn’t mean compromising on your style.
Avery Ginsberg wears a pair of cruelty-free and recyclable work boots he designed for his ethical upstart fashion brand, Ground Cover—and a few pieces from Emporio Armani’s capsule collection inspired by the low-impact and high-vibration lifestyle of surfers. (Think recycled cottons, fluorine-free prints, and compostable packaging). (T-shirt, $275, pants, $445, by Emporio Armani Sustainable. Hoodie, $320, boots, $440, socks, $80 (for pack of three) by Ground Cover).
Young British designer Bethany Williams is a leader in social manufacturing, using her colorful upcycled collection to train underemployed communities in craftsmanship and donating 20 percent of wholesale profits to organizations supporting unhoused Londoners ($810).
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