An entire division of fashion has emerged, blurring the lines between masculine and feminine.
From bespoke suits to shirts for everyday wear, boutiques and tailors are popping up on the East and West Coasts filling a void for lesbians and transmen. “We have seen a growing need that reaches beyond the minimum acceptability of placing female-bodied people in masculine-styled suits,” says Erin Berg, one half of the San Francisco-based custom suit company Kipper Clothiers. “It is difficult for lesbians and transmen to find menswear that fits the way it is intended to fit.”
While it’s always smart to tailor your suit or tuxedo, this reigns particularly true for the masculine-centered, who are often left with awkward fitting or poorly crafted pieces when it comes to off-the-rack options. “Ready-to-wear garments are constructed to fit the manufacturer’s definition of an average customer,” explains Berg. “Shoulders are too broad, sleeves, pant are too long, pant rises are much too long for our stature … every person has a unique body. It’s impossible to create a special suit or shirt formula that could address the intricacies of sizing and comfort within our community.” (more…)
Growing up, I never planned my dream wedding. Though my notebooks housed doodles of boys’ names, watching wedding-related TV or flipping through bridal mags was a special kind of cruel and unusual punishment. I’d play along, but always felt like I was watching people window dressing.
Now, I’m a nerdy, well-adjusted (ha!) 20-something with a long-term relationship, three jobs, and a deep fear of debt. Wedding shows still make me skittish, but I obviously don’t avoid wedding magazines anymore. I’m not actively seeking out ideas, but when I come across them, I save them. (more…)
Left to right, clockwise: S’mores kit by Candy With a Twist | Gourmet popcorn by Pop Karma | Salt water taffy by Shriver’s | Pies in a jar by Indayani Baked Goods | Artisan-flavored whoopie pies by Batter & Cream | Personalized sodas by Jones Soda
Last night, during a conversation with British creative director Kinvara Balfour at the Regent Street Apple Store in London, fashion designer Tom Ford waved his newly placed wedding ring and announced that him and his partner of 27 years, former UK magazine editor Richard Buckley, had recently tied the knot. “We are now married which is nice,” said Ford. “I know that was just made legal in the UK which is great; we were married in the States.”
This power couple’s love story was published in Out Magazine‘s special LOVE Issue in 2011 in which they both share their perspectives of that first meeting and gave us a raw, inside glance into their intense devotion that they had for each other over the course of a relationship that was filled with obstacles, love and loss. Here are two excerpts from the feature, one from each man’s viewpoint, of that fateful first meeting: (more…)
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