I had the pleasure of sitting down for a Google hangout with Jen Wright, the mastermind behind Baroness Sophia Designs (BSD). I began this interview already intrigued by her designs. Throughout the conversation I realized that not only are BSD’s creations one-of-a-kind, but she is also a fashion gender warrior. What do I mean by this? She is challenging the gender binary through fashion! Instant hook.
After our conversation, I received three items she sent me for review. I got an ascot, art tie and, accent chain.
There is an unabashed playfulness about BSD. As stated in her mission statement, BSD seeks to “queer fashion further, step away from traditional roles, take it out of the normalized realm, flee the existing binary.” BSD states, “I want our style to be as fluid and easy as our sexuality or gender - butches in glitter, femmes in combat boots” (www.baronesssophiadesigns.com). As a femme, I appreciate dressing up with accessories that have traditionally been saved for masculine of center people.
Inspired by friends and her queer community, BSD chooses designs that are bold and full of pattern mixing, making these designs one-of-a-kind pieces. I appreciate that art ties are repurposed from former ties. The art ties offer such a fun twist on the traditional tie, making me instantly intrigued by the design. Aptly named “Swagger,” the art ties are a hit in my fashion book!
Next came the ascot, the ascot felt quite versatile. To be honest, I wanted to wear the ascot as a belt, and a hair accessory, more than an ascot, but that’s the point. These pieces are interchangeable and can play varying roles in one’s gender expression.
Finally, the accent chain is such a fun statement piece to any outfit and is reminiscent of a 50s sweater chain. I would use the chain in a variety of ways, not just with a sweater.
After our engaging chat, I put in a request that BSD send nautical themed items. It’s so hard to let go of my Maine ways! Here are few more ways to style her lovely designs!
BSD does custom orders and are offering Qwear readers a 20% discount on their entire order for the month of June - enter Qwear20% at checkout on the Baroness Sophia Designs website.