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We’ve rounded up 10 style brands that represent their respective communities. Some even regularly support organizations dedicated to making positive change in the world, like Goodnet, which is a global network that connects people interested in activism. Besides, who doesn’t want to be a responsible, fashion-forward thinking consumer?! This year, let your style speak for you with pieces from these LGBTQ+-owned retailers that allow your personality to shine.
Stuzo has almost everything you could need all in one place, from face masks to shirts to joggers to candles. The women- and Black-owned brand was created as a way for people to wear quality urban fashion without judgement. “Our pieces are gender free as we prefer to call them because clothes don’t have any organs last time we checked,” Stuzo says. “We are inspired by love, people and life.” Celebrities Tiffany Haddish and Ruby Rose are big fans of the brand and what it stands for. Plus, you can currently get 15% off your purchase of $20 or more for Pride Month.
2. Jonny Cota
Jonny Cota started off working in the circus but quickly found his calling as a costume designer. It’s no surprise that his clothing has been seen on international fashion influencers, including Rihanna and Janet Jackson.
His most popular pieces include luxe wool outerwear, sleek minidresses, and unisex overalls that are a balance of high fashion and everyday streetwear. The apparel comes in men’s and women’s sizes XS to XXL.
3. Coco And Breezy Eyewear
Designer twins Corianna and Brianna Dotson have been redefining eyewear since 2009 with their NYC-based brand. The designers are best known for creating the third-eye sunglasses, which were famously worn by the late singer Prince. You can shop round, cat-eye, square, and aviator styles in both regular glasses and sunglasses.
Trendy and comfortable underwear should be for everyone. Designers—and married couple—Fran Dunaway and Naomi Gonzalez, both of whom describe themselves as “tomboys,” recognized that there was a need for more gender- and size-inclusive bras and underwear.
TomboyX offers extended sizing in all of its underwear styles, including leak-proof underwear. One of our senior staff writers, Shayna Murphy, recently tried the brand and loves how much support and coverage the racerback bra provides. She says it’s one of the first pieces of underwear that has made her feel confident in her body.
5. Pal Socks
Hannah Lavon started her design career by making mittens. However, she soon realized that the seasonal designs gave her a lot of downtime, which is how she came up with Pal Socks.
These colorful and funky socks are praised for their cozy warmth and snuggly softness. Pal Socks supports a variety of charitable campaigns, as well as organizations such as the aforementioned Goodnet, a media platform designed to help others “activate their goodness.”
6. Automic Gold
Whether it’s earrings, rings, anklets, or necklaces, this fine jewelry line has a piece that suits almost every human. If you’ve found yourself looking for extended size rings or necklaces, Automic Gold is your spot.
The brand, which is one of our favorite places to buy engagement rings online, continues to grow its community and fans by using regular people to model its jewelry. You’ll never find sales here, but there’s a reason for that: It prides itself on offering affordable pieces all year round, starting at $45.
Brooklyn designer J. Morrison doesn’t shy away from creating fashion based on what he believes in. Through his popular art magazine and fun cat apparel, Morrison advocates against homophobia. Morrison also creates prints and visual art pieces, with an eye toward helping combat phobias and negative stereotypes.
At Homocats, you’ll find hoodies, tanks, underwear, and more, all featuring Morrison’s neon, abstract designs in every color of the rainbow. Most of his pieces come in unisex sizes XS to XL.
When former architect and now fashion designer Becca McCharen-Tran launched Chromat, she knew she wanted to use cutting-edge designs to create styles for all bodies. Superstars Beyonce and Nicki Minaj have both worn Chromat on tour and the brand made waves for having plus-size models during fashion week. At Chromat, you can shop gender-inclusive swimwear, T-shirts, and hoodies, all in gender-neutral sizes XXS to XL. There’s also a selection of Reebok footwear and face masks.
9. A Tribe Called Queer
Celebrate your individuality with this gender-neutral apparel that will make you proud. A Tribe Called Queer is not just a clothing line, but also offers a podcast and magazine. Founder Sabine Maxine Lopez created this multidisciplinary brand to empower people to make a bold statement through their fashion choices. The brand offers T-shirts and pins with Pride slogans, like “They/Them/Theirs” and “All Power To All The People.”
Telfar, founded by desinger Telfar Clemens, is often praised for its luxury look and feel—and it’s affordable price. In addition to runway-ready apparel—including flashy tees, beanies, and loafers—Telfar makes unisex bags that you can use for everyday commuting or traveling, leisure. The brand even has a collaboration with Converse, which features sporty shirts and matching Chuck Taylor sneakers.
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