Our Role Models

"No matter what happens in our lives, we have to keep moving forward. We have to keep doing our best, no matter what the circumstances. It is about your heart, dedication, and spirit. To help all rise.” -Leland Melvin

Bonobos is founded on a simple philosophy: fit for every man. This means more than better-fitting pants. It means being freed from a “one-size-fits-all” world.

Moving forward, we’re committed to celebrating a spectrum of masculinity across age, outlook, identity, race, and body type. We’ll champion the talent, impact, passion, and drive of individuals making remarkable contributions to society. These are our role models.

We hope their stories will inspire you to forge your own path and find your unique fit. Not just in the way you dress, but in the way you live.

Leland Melvin

Wide Receiver
Role Model

Leland is the only person to have caught a pass in a professional football game and in space. Holding a position in two of the top ten dream jobs for American boys is already a stunning accomplishment, but it becomes inspirational when you hear about the hardships that Melvin faced along the way.

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Ryan Duffy

Risk Taker
Role Model

Ryan Duffy does his reporting on the frontlines. As an investigative journalist, his exploits range from documenting the brutal Drug War in the Philippines, to encountering gunfire outside of Bogota, to traveling to North Korea and shaking hands with the supreme leader. He's befriended convicted murderers and Russian mobsters, raced Norwegian reindeer, and chased down South African poachers.

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Shock value is fleeting; real stories that are underreported are what get us excited.

- Ryan Duffy

Jason Flom

Record Producer
Role Model

As one of the most successful music executives in the world, Jason Flom has spent his career launching multi-platinum musical acts. However, helping to turn unknown performers into superstars wasn't enough for Jason. Now he focuses on giving a voice to an oft-forgotten group: men and women who have been wrongfully incarcerated for crimes they did not commit.

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"Do whatever you want to do, try to be the best at it, but remember that the most important thing is to make the world a better place."-Jason Flom

John & Kurt Schwartz

Grad Student
Role Models

It took 79 days, 8 hours and 38 minutes. Through heavy seas, strong winds, harsh rains and blazing heat they pulled. Across windless stretches, becalming swells and barren degrees they struggled. For 3,000 miles they rowed, 24 hours a day, unassisted across the Atlantic Ocean.

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I want to do something far beyond just myself and give back what I am more than fortunate to have.

- Kurt Schwartz

Sean Brock

Role Model

Chef Sean Brock is a revivalist. For more than a decade, he has been driven by a constant desire to research, restore and celebrate heirloom Southern ingredients that had fallen by the wayside or were even thought to be extinct. His distinct point of view and tireless work ethic made him one of the most successful and respected chefs in the South. But last year, everything changed.

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"If I can inspire people to take better care of themselves in this industry, that will be my greatest contribution."-Sean Brock