Pride Month is in full swing. And if you’re looking for ways to celebrate and support the LGBTQ+ community, why not go shopping? There are tons of incredible LGBTQ+-owned fashion brands that sell everything from power suits and tees to underwear and swimwear. Check out five of our favorites.
Rachel Berk’s Otherwild shop landed in the spotlight after bringing back the “The Future is Female'' shirt. But she sells a range of products from housewares to fragrances created by a community of artists and designers. While anyone is bound to find something in the eclectic offering, it’s what Berk does with her small business that makes a difference. Otherwild consistently gives back to the community through Anotherwild Fund by donating to organizations like National Center for Transgender Equality, Black Lives Matter, The Lesbian Herstory Archives, and more. Otherwild has two brick-and-mortar shops – one in L.A. and the other in New York City – in addition to an online store.
Co-founded by former Nike employees Emma McIlroy and Julia Parsley, Wildfang is known for its variety of accessories, shoes and clothing like the Empower Suit. It features drawstring suit pants and a double-breasted jacket that has real pockets. The inclusive feminist and queer-owned business has also given over $500,000 to organizations that fight various issues like women’s and human rights. Their 2021 goal is to donate $150,000 from online, store and partnership sales so buying a stunning blazer does more than make you look sharp in the workplace.
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Described as “conscientious menswear-inspired apparel,” Kirrin Finch has a diverse clothing line designed to fit non-binary and female bodies. The concept came from NYC-based couple Laura Moffat and Kelly Sanders Moffat, who enjoyed wearing bow ties and button-up shirts. When they couldn’t find items that fit their bodies, they created their own line that now boasts a variety of suiting as well as casual duds.
Pierre Davis founded No Sesso – which means “no sex/no gender” in Italian – to ensure there was fashion available for every identity. The brand made its mark in 2019 after being the first transgender-owned line to show at New York Fashion Week. In fact, hosting social events and performances is part of the company’s ethos to bring the community together and start meaningful conversations. Davis is now working to have more Black queer designers involved to bring light to Black trans “brothers and sisters” within the Black Lives Matter movement.
Wives Fran Dunaway and Naomi Gonzalez created TomboyX as a Kickstarter campaign in 2013 and it has since become a popular underwear and swimwear brand. TomboyX garments feature bold colors and patterns (think avocados and rainbows) with a major focus on comfort regardless of size or gender. In the launch of this apparel line, the founders have created a conversation about inclusive clothing.