Great piece in the NYT a few days ago about the importance of proper fitting menswear for butch and transgender folks.
Daniel Friedman, 34, who owns Bindle and Keep in Brooklyn finds his niche in the fashion industry by giving female and transgender clients a masculine look, one that fits their bodies.
Thank you brokeandbespoke for posting this article. This was so exciting to read.
Paragraphs like this make me make a face (and not in a good way):
“The whole thing is really strange, and sometimes I can’t — ” he said, his voice evaporating into the wonder of it all. He was not even sure how to identify Ms. Tutera, gender-wise. Was she transgender or just mannish? Sometimes it was hard to know such things.
But this really resonated with me:
Arriving from an appointment with her barber, Ms. Tutera, 28, who identifies herself as navigating “a very tiny space that exists between being a butch dyke and being a trans man,” wore a man’s cable-knit sweater and oxford shirt, her short hair plastered back on her scalp.
“I personally don’t ever put on women’s clothes,” she said. “I just can’t. Buttons are on the wrong side. I don’t know what size I am in women’s clothes. I feel I know how to dress in men’s clothes. I’m sure I could put on women’s clothes and not be completely freaked out, but I just wouldn’t want to.”
That just blew my mind. I don’t ever wear women’s clothes either. I know that women’s clothing have expanded and also offered a range of button ups that give off a masculine vibe, but they never do it for me, for the (perhaps almost silly) reason that the buttons are the wrong way round for me, I don’t know how I fit in women’s clothing (I always feel very alien in them) and the fact that even though clothing companies will make it a little more masculine, they will always accentuate breasts and hips.
And this particular line: “a very tiny space that exists between being a butch dyke and being a trans man,” hit home really hard.
Other comments that I liked was also this one:
He added, “I had no idea that this market existed.” Women and transgender men now make up one-quarter of his customers, he said, and their numbers are growing.
This is why diversity is important!
It’s exciting knowing that there’s this unknown market that’s finally being recognised.