For generations, men’s suit makers have used a formula that provides the sizing for a suit from a few simple measurements. But for female and queer bodies, these numbers aren’t so simple. The new custom clothing company Kipper Clothiers believes they have developed a solution to get a great fit for a variety of bodies.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Kipper’s founders Kyle and Erin. I knew Kyle previously through Tumblr — she submitted to Qwear a few times and had quite the presence as a dapper queer, known for her work at J.Crew. So I was pleased to see that she’s now directly serving our community with Kipper.
Kipper works individually with each client to get to know all aspects of their styling interests. When each client walks into their studio, they are met with over 600 suiting fabric swatches and over 300 shirting swatches. Vibrant swatches ranging from worsted wools to cashmere/silk blends are displayed in the center of the room immediately demanding attention. They take a total of 36 measurements to get the suit the right hang. Kipper told me that as they get to know their clients, things like posture and body language give clues towards what that client is looking for. I can see from the photos how the suits just fit like a glove.
Kipper delivers what they call The Put-Together Promise: a guarantee of premium service that begins with educating clientele on proper fit and styling advice. The experienced stylists at Kipper Clothiers act as guides through the finishing touches and the finer details of a polished look.
Getting married in California? To celebrate the repeal of prop 8, Kipper is also offering a Kipper Commitment Package, which includes a reserved number of free fittings and custom shirts, suits, and tuxedos at wholesale cost to queers getting married in California. For more information about the Kipper Commitment Package, email Kyle and Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kipper is also holding a pop-up event in San Francisco on Dec 3rd. Visit their website for more info.
As Qwear's Founding Editor, Sonny’s work centers around envisioning a future in which the clothing people wear does not dictate their chances of survival. Sonny was awarded 2015 dapperQ of the Year and was the first trans blogger to be sponsored by Topman. In March 2016, Sonny spoke at South by South West's first official queer fashion panel.