From Surfer to Humanitarian: Meet Jon Rose from Waves For Water 

From Surfer to Humanitarian: Meet Jon Rose from Waves For Water 

When casting our Counterman campaign, we sought guys who embodied our standards—men who stand for something, who approach life with intention, think outside of the box, and are proactive about creating change for good. As a professional surfer for 13 years, Jon Rose led what he describes as, “A very self-indulgent lifestyle.” He traveled around the world with his board in tow, looking for the best, most beautiful waves to ride. But in these far-off, remote locations, Jon also witnessed extreme poverty, where access to clean drinking water was unavailable. These experiences inspired Jon to help people fulfill this basic human need, and he founded Waves For Water, an organization that brings water filters to locations in need of clean drinking water.  

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Counterman Nathan Bogle is Revolutionizing the Men’s Fashion Industry

Counterman Nathan Bogle is Revolutionizing the Men’s Fashion Industry

As a Certified B Corp, Beautycounter considers people, the planet, and profit equally—so when we met Nathan Bogle, founder of Double Eleven, we knew he’d be a perfect fit for Counterman. Fashion is in Nathan’s blood, literally: his great-grandfather worked in fabric mills in Northern England in the early 1900s. But whether it’s part of his DNA or just an innate talent, Nathan’s eye for style and big ideas continue to impact the fashion world. Starting his career as a model, then moving on to become a co-founder of the NYC-based, British-inspired brand Rag & Bone, Nathan’s latest venture is Double Eleven, a sustainable menswear line. The apparel industry ranks third in its collective pollution of the planet (numbers one and two go to fossil fuels and agriculture). To combat this environmental issue, Double Eleven uses only deadstock fabrics, so that men can feel a little better about their fashion choices—while looking great, of course.

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Going Pro: Counterman Kamau Murray on Tennis, Opportunity, and First Impressions

Going Pro: Counterman Kamau Murray on Tennis, Opportunity, and First Impressions

As unique and exemplary as they may be, our Countermen all possess a commonality: they embody our standards and are doing their part to create change for good, in their communities and the world at large. For Kamau Murray, who grew up on the South Side of Chicago, the path to giving back began on the court. He took up tennis at seven years old because it was offered as a free after-school program, went on to play tennis at Florida A&M University on a scholarship, and, later, coached tennis pro Sloane Stephens to win the U.S. Open. Inspired by his tennis heroes and motivated to help the underserved youth of Chicago, Kamau founded the XS Tennis and Education Foundation, which gives kids a safe and encouraging athletic outlet, as well as the potential opportunity to earn college scholarships.

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