Every Pride Month, my inbox fills up with a range of brands showcasing special collections and collaborations in support of LGBTQ+ people. While it’s undoubtedly heartening to see some of the biggest brands in the business celebrate and advocate for the community with rainbow-emblazoned merch, it’s also of paramount importance to shine a spotlight on those rising queer designers that treat every month like Pride Month with their unapologetically authentic ethos.
With diversity flourishing across the industry, this crop of inspiring gender-fluid and queer-identifying designers is at the pulse of pushing the (sometimes archaic-feeling) fashion business forward. That’s right. These innovative labels aren’t afraid to push genderless silhouettes as we continue to gain a deeper understanding of gender identity and sexuality, are at the forefront of embracing representation on the runway and in campaigns, and use design as a way of expression to create change and spark conversation. In other words, they’re the ones consistently on my radar—and often stocked in my closet.
Ahead, I’m bringing you my favorite labels that I believe reflect what fashion should look like today—inclusive, expressive, and personal—which, in essence, is the spirit and beauty behind my Pride Month.