I don't know about you, but I was kind of stuck on the stereotype that the majority of the queer scene in LA was very gender normative in line with the strict beauty standards of the Hollywood climate. So when the LA based queer company Sharpe Suiting reached out to me telling me about their Kickstarter for their Read-to-Wear Line, I was pleasantly surprised to see not glossed over media images of gay people I don't really know, but real-life queers with buzzed undercuts and body piercings — the kinds I see around my neighborhood all the time.
I love Sharpe Suiting's kickass designs, body positivity, and diversity in their looks. They are really queering the way one can wear a suit, creating their own designs inspired by the traditional suit but so far beyond what conservative formal wear pushes on us that it's practically our own.
One neat adaption they made is the double button-hole on the lapels. It orignally started from a client who wanted to hold a flower on their lapel, and then became popular because of it's similarity to the equals sign and turned into a Sharpe Suiting Signature. Vanessa Craig, Promotions Director & Styling told me, "What we are seeing and feeling is kind of a cycle of inspiration circulating through our community. We love that our clients inspire us and don't want to put limits on their style, and we whole-heartedly condone that!"
Here are some images from their lookbook:
What do you think of these looks?
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.