dapperQdapperQ http://www.dapperq.com transgressing men’s fashion Sat, 27 Aug 2016 01:39:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Interview with Gender Free World: Clothing Without Labels http://www.dapperq.com/2016/08/interview-gender-free-world-clothing-without-labels/ http://www.dapperq.com/2016/08/interview-gender-free-world-clothing-without-labels/#respond Wed, 24 Aug 2016 04:00:59 +0000 http://www.dapperq.com/?p=28266 Gender Free World (GFW) Clothing was founded in 2015 (part of Gender Free World Ltd) by a consortium of like-minded individuals who were seeking...

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Gender Free World (GFW) Clothing was founded in 2015 (part of Gender Free World Ltd) by a consortium of like-minded individuals who were seeking alternatives to ill-fitting androgynous and masculine attire that is traditionally designed for a narrow group of consumers. The highly gendered world of retail fashion disproportionately restricted access to clothing choices for the founders, who became increasingly frustrated with being forced to define gender before making purchases for everything from clothing to gifts to toys and toiletries.

Motivated to expand clothing options, Lisa Honan and Nel Margerison launched GFW's first collection of long sleeve shirts in February 2016.
The shirts are made in the UK and the fabric is sourced from sustainable production and conforms to the ‘fair made’ standard. Their collections has since grown to include underwear, bow-ties, and coats. dapperQ spoke with Honan to get the deets on what inspires the GFW aesthetic and what we can expect next from the brand.

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dapperQ: Can you tell me a bit about the history and evolution of Gender Free World? What motivated you to start the brand?

LH: The desire to make shirts came from a dissatisfaction with my own experience of trying to find shirts that I liked the look of but also fit me. I have always bought shirts from the men’s section, but as I have got bigger with age, the men’s shirts were not fitting me so well. I was still buying them, but customizing by shortening the sleeve and total body length and adding vents to accommodate my hips. After chatting with friends and acquaintances, I realized that this was a shared problem, not just mine, and I couldn’t understand why the high street was ignoring a large section of their female market, which wanted a less feminine aesthetic for their shirts.

I realized that there was a gap in the market which I could try to fill. I talked some acquaintances in to investing a bit of money so that we could research the market and produce a first run.


dapperQ: How would you describe the Gender Free World aesthetic?


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We have created a classic relaxed fit for our first two ranges. After the success of the Penguin shirt, we realized that our customers were crying out for more fun and eye-catching fabrics. Our winter range will fulfill this need, and we are also going to introduce an oxford shirt style with button down collars. Our designs, including shirts and bow-ties, cover the range from wardrobe staple to night-out wear.

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dapperQ: What inspires your designs?

LH:
Getting designs to fit bodies well was our initial inspiration and motivation. We did some customer surveys as part of the research process. These helped us think about the limitations offered by the standard fit of shirts available on the high street. From our research, we found that about 25% of women had busts which were large enough that many shirts did not fit well (accommodated by our Billie range). About 28% of women had hips which were wider than their shoulders (accommodated by our Alex range). The rest would suit a Charlie. We also got feedback regarding fabrics, colors and prints. When researching fabrics, we saw a couple that we knew we had to use, such as the Penguin print. The others we chose as a result of the feedback we received in the research stage. Additionally we like shirts and bow-ties with attention to detail so used the contrast cuff and collar look.

dapperQ: Many of our readers have problems finding masculine clothes that fit them properly. How is Gender Free World addressing this issue?

LH: That is exactly why we exist! Clothing designed for male shapes will often not fit a female form: the shoulders tend to be wider, sleeves and total shirt drop longer. We created the 3 body shape templates to fit the variations in female bodies, so that individual style choices can be combined with shirts that actually fit.

Additionally, Billie style caters for larger chests, but it does not accentuate them. And, because the shirt fits well, it can have a minimizing effect.

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dapperQ: How does Gender Free World stand out from some of the other recent queer clothing collections that have launched over the last few years?

LH: I’m not sure of any other company that has 3 body shape templates. We also have 7 sizes, which adds up to a total of 21 variations per shirt. This means that one of the variations will fit you better. Our sizing goes up to a US 18 which is more than many other stores.

dapperQ: How would you describe your personal everyday style(s)?

LH: On a day to day basis I like comfortable clothes: jeans, tees, and shirts obviously. For going out, creepers, turn up jeans, smarter shirts.

dapperQ: Has it been a journey defining your own personal style? Tell me about it.

LH:
As a child, I didn’t skirts and dresses but like most female children had to wear them for school. When I was able to make my own choices, the Punk movement was growing and I adopted that look. Nowadays I can be a bit eccentric in my color choices. I am a big fan of orange, and have a number of different orange coats and a brilliant striped orange and yellow blazer.

dapperQ: Who or what has most influenced your personal style?

LH:British 60’s 70’s punk. Rockabilly style.

dapperQ: Who are your fashion icons?

LH: I like flamboyant dressers even though I cannot carry off the look myself. David Bowie, etc. Classic female actors like Kathrine Hepburn wearing slacks and men’s shirts. Annie Lennox.

dapperQ: What is the one article of clothing you cannot live without?

LH: Jeans (boring sorry!)

dapperQ: What can we expect next from Gender Free World?

LH: New ranges for winter and spring 2017. Own brand nightwear, boxers. Collaborative ventures with like-minded companies.

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dapperQ Returns to Brooklyn Museum for 3rd Annual New York Fashion Week Queer Style Show http://www.dapperq.com/2016/08/dapperq-returns-brooklyn-museum-3rd-annual-new-york-fashion-week-queer-style-show/ http://www.dapperq.com/2016/08/dapperq-returns-brooklyn-museum-3rd-annual-new-york-fashion-week-queer-style-show/#respond Tue, 23 Aug 2016 04:00:03 +0000 http://www.dapperq.com/?p=28250 dapperQ is proud to announce that we will executive produce iD, the largest New York Fashion Week (NYFW) runway event showcasing queer style to...

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dapperQ is proud to announce that we will executive produce iD, the largest New York Fashion Week (NYFW) runway event showcasing queer style to be held at world renowned Brooklyn Museum on the opening day of NYFW, Thursday, September 8, 2016. Free admission! RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/825039944262493

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iD will feature seven designers from L.A., NYC, and London whose work is systemically rooted in notions of gender nonconformity and its intersections with race, ethnicity, and culture.  The designer lineup includes Sir New York, which has received kudos in GQ and has Jaden Smith and Usher among their celebrity clientele.  Celebrity androgynous models Casey Legler, the first female model signed by Ford to their male model roster, and Rain Dove, the current face of Dove’s #MyBeautyMySay campaign, are also slated to take the stage, alongside rappers Cakes da Killa and Will Sheridan.

“We are very proud to celebrate seven designers and over 60 models that represent the LGBTQ community at Brooklyn Museum for the third consecutive year,” says Anita Dolce Vita, iD Executive Producer and owner of dapperQ. “At a time when oppressors are trying to erase our very being, passing bathroom bills and declaring that we have contributed little to civilization, this show provides a platform to celebrate our identities, our style, our bodies, our rich diversity, and our incredible contributions to art and fashion.”

Deeba Zivari, iD Associate Producer, shared, “Over three years of co-producing dapperQ fashion shows, I have had the humbling experience of forging language, visual arts, and bodies, especially my own as a Persian American Jew, into an inclusive space that will continue to grow beyond itself.”

Colette Lee Morales of Colette Lee Productions, iD Associate Producers and Runway Directors, expanded, “Fashion is one of the most important elements of self –expression and everyone, even those who present outside rigid normative expectations, deserves a platform to express themselves.”

Queer style is not only on the forefront of post-demographic consumerism and androgynous style trends in mainstream fashion, as reflected in campaigns like Louis Vuitton casting Jaden Smith as the face of their womenswear collection. It also has immense emancipatory potential that extends beyond the LGBTQ community.
iD invites viewers to critically examine the sociopolitical power of fashion in relation to gender constructs, as fashion both shapes and is shaped by society and serves as an important agent for positive change.

dapperQ’s iD is presented in partnership with Brooklyn Museum with support by official sponsor Squarespace and lighting sponsor TomboyX.

Join us in revolutionizing fashion!

Details:
Thursday, September 8th
The Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Beaux-Arts Court, 3rd Floor

*FREE ADMISSION: RUNWAY SHOW, MUSIC, EAT, DRINK, ACCESS TO MUSEUM EXHIBITS *

6PM
Mini Pop-Up Shops ft:

► Angie Chuang
► NiK Kacy Footwear
► Sharpe Suiting
► Sir New York
► Stuzo Clothing
► The Tailory
► TomboyX
► WE ARE MORTALS

Intactive Programing ft:

► How-To Tie Ties by Unbound Estilo
► Every Body: From Head to Toe by Sharpe Suiting + NiK Kacy
► Queer Unicorn Hats by artist Alma Selimovic

☆ Runway beats by DJ M.O.
Hailing from Virginia, DJ M.O. (born Monet Bernard) began her career at the University of Virginia in 2008, DJing numerous parties and events around the campus and within the Charlottesville community. After graduating, M.O moved on to play venues in Washington, D.C, and northern Virginia. Currently, M.O. has set her sights on New York City, already landing gigs around Manhattan with the likes of Whitney Day, Truckstop NYC, & Queer & Utter Bedlam. As an avid lover music and an overall good time, M.O. brings a unique style to every party she plays. Whether its Hip-Hop, Top 40s, or Dance, M.O. sets the tone with inventive mixes and a knack for reading every audience.

☆ Runway MC: Alex Berg
Alex Berg is a host, producer and writer specializing in LGBTQ issues, politics and social justice topics. Alex is a bisexual and queer producer and on-air talent at The Huffington Post, where she recently anchored HuffPost's video coverage of the Democratic National Convention. Last year, Alex appeared on 'The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore' to discuss female sexuality and, in 2014, her coverage of the Bisexual White House Summit was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award. Her work has also been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, The Daily Beast and more. You can see more of her work here: http://alex.lgbt/.

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Runway show ft:

Angie Chuang (NYC)
Angie Chuang is a fashion designer who defies convention by breaking boundaries and blurring gender lines with her androgynous aesthetic. Her inspiration draws from the arts and fixates on the future. Angie Chuang is clothing that empowers and dares all who wear to be bold.

NiK Kacy Footwear (Los Angeles)
NiK Kacy is a line of luxury gender-neutral footwear. Their first collection, named "Fortune", consists of 5 classically masculine looking styles, now modernized with colorful contrasts and re-proportioned to fit those who identify in whatever spirit they deem fit. NiK's desire for gender equality extends further by expanding their label to include an upcoming feminine collection, featuring high-heel styled shoes in the same European unisex sizes ranging from 34-47 (US women's 3.5 to men's 14).

Sharpe Suiting (Los Angeles)
Sharpe Suiting is an L.A. based queer-centric suit company that constructs clothing for ALL body types and identities. Their designs been featured on the Today Show, ABC News, and HuffPo Live; in the Wall Street Journal, Out, the Advocate, Curve, and AfterEllen; and on the Cannes, Oscars, and Emmy's red carpets.

Sir New York (NYC)
Receiving acclaim from major menswear media like GQ, Complex, and Hypebeast, Sir New York is hailed as being at the epicenter of a momentous shift in menswear, playing with mix goth, streetwear, and sportswear looks simultaneously. Jaden Smith, Wiz Kahlifa, French Montana, and members of the hip hop collective A$AP Mob are among Sir New York's celebrity clientele.

Stuzo clothing (Los Angeles)
Owned and operated by QPOC couple Stoney Michelli and Uzo Ejikeme, Stuzo Clothing is a line of affordable, genderless, laid-back Cali street style. Stuzo has been worn by androgynous model Madison Paige, Kiyomi McCloskey of Hunter Valentine and The Real L-Word, and rapper and choreographer Lady Cultura. Stuzo only produces a few pieces per design in order to provide quality, limited edition products.

The Tailory New York (NYC)
Woman owned and operated, the Tailory New York is an appointment only custom clothing company that combines the modernity of fashion design with the heritage art of custom tailoring for all genders. The Tailory has been featured on queer style blogs such as A Dapper Chick and She's a Gent, as well as in Curve Magazine, the nation's best selling lesbian magazine.

► Thomas Thomas (SJW from London)
Launched in 2013, Thomas Thomas, the eponymous womenswear collection of London born creative director SJ Weston was envisioned from a lifelong passion for menswear and the designer's provocative ideals to blur boundaries. Inspired by traditional menswear, each collection bridges the gap between both menswear and womenswear and tradition and modernity.

We Are Mortals (Los Angeles)
Made in downtown Los Angeles, WE ARE MORTALS is a gender-fluid homogeneous urban streetwear brand with an artistic, futuristic sensibility, that challenges conventional myths and mores surrounding gender identity. Their designs have been featured on high profile queer artists, such as Le1f and Zebra Katz.

Food & Drink:
Michelin-starred The Norm restaurant and bar is open all evening. The Counter café serves sandwiches, salads, and sweets, as well as wine and local beer. Also, there is happy hour all night.

10PM-3AM
Hot Rabbit Presents: Official id New York Fashion Week After Party at Woodland, 242 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

► Largest queer New York Fashion Week party
► New York Fashion Week opening day!
► Featuring DJs LeahV and Robi D Light
► After party sponsored by Outplay and GFW Clothing

*There is a $10 cover charge for the Official iD After Party @ Woodland. Free Admission to the iD Runway Show does not include the Hot Rabbit After Party but we encourage our guests to attend! A portion of all proceeds from the After Party will benefit the production of the iD Runway Show*

dapperQ’s iD is presented in partnership with Brooklyn Museum with support by official sponsor Squarespace and lighting sponsor TomboyX. All galleries are free and open to the public from 6pm until 10pm!!! Come early, stay late!

About TomboyX:
TomboyX offers stylish clothing for tomboys and independent spirits. Their signature gender-neutrual underwear has been featured in WWD, Yahoo, Autostraddle, and AfterEllen and worn by celebrity models such as Rain Dove.

www.dapperQ.com is the leading style website for masculine presenting women and transmasculine individuals.

Producers:
Executive Producers: dapperQ
Associate Producers/Runway Directors: Colette Lee Productions
www.coletteleeproductions.com

Flyer by Nina Kossoff
Photo by Sophie Spinelle

AFTER THE PARTY, IT'S THE AFTER PARTY

THIS! The legendary Hot Rabbit presents the largest LGBTQ New York Fashion Week dance party and official after party of iD at Woodland, just minutes away from Brooklyn Museum! Doors open at 10PM with food, models, bottles, and dancing until 3AM. $10 cover. RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/942812289162693

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SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

The iD fashion show is made possible by dapperQ's partnership with Brooklyn Museum; official sponsor Squarespace; lighting sponsor TomboyX; after party sponsors Outplay and Gender Free World; and after party donations from Hot Rabbit. Backstage refreshments for volunteer models were generously donated by Henrietta Hudson and Baba Cool.

 

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Androgynous Model Rain Dove Explores Gendered Olympic Clothing http://www.dapperq.com/2016/08/28236/ http://www.dapperq.com/2016/08/28236/#respond Sat, 20 Aug 2016 04:22:57 +0000 http://www.dapperq.com/?p=28236 For us, the Olympics have always represented the best and worst of human potential. From the extraordinary athleticism and Black Girl Magic of Simone...

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For us, the Olympics have always represented the best and worst of human potential. From the extraordinary athleticism and Black Girl Magic of Simone Biles, to the ugly criticism of Black women's hair, to American swimmers vandalizing property, to sexist coverage of women athletes:

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Of course, we also cannot forget the gendered clothing that athletes wear. I mean, we're dapperQ. We were bound to notice that. Also taking note was androgynous model Rain Dove, who documented her athletic performance while wearing traditional "men's" and "women's" Olympic sportswear.

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According to Corinne Calabro, the communications director for USA Volleyball, the Federation of International Volleyball allows for a more diverse dress code for women than what is actually reflected on the athletes. These options do include long sleeves, shorts, and tank tops. However, this is a recent change. In 2012, women were still required to wear bikinis when they played, but the dress code was changed to be more culturally inclusive. This year, the Egyptian team competed in long sleeves, leggings, and hijabs.

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Nevertheless, there is still a noticeable difference between what men and women volleyball players were wearing during competition, a sociological study for sure given that the dress code has become more flexible for women. (In fact, the women's dress code appears to have more options than what men are allowed. Men are not allowed to wear bikinis! Check out the code here.)

Rain's assessment of athletic performance between the two looks: "I was also less afraid of being whistled at" in the men's uniform.


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In Bustle's article "Olympic Dress Codes for Men & Women are Making Progress Towards Gender Equality," author Ione Gamble reported what Rain so accurately captured:

Swimming's governing body Fédération Internationale De Natation (FINA) outlines that male competitors are required to bare more skin than women. For male swimmers, swimwear is not permitted to cover anything past the belly button or below the knee, whereas women are allowed to cover the area from their shoulders to just above the knee.

Rain's assessment of athletic performance between the two looks: "The pool we shot this at was very confused and upset by me being topless doing laps. But hey, I swam faster!"


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Based on our research, we found that women tennis players still have to wear skirts. Sigh. And, as mentioned above, male volleyball players cannot wear bikinis. What the actual....We're talking about the world's best athletes and people cannot move beyond the cut of a garment.

Rain's assessment of athletic performance between the two looks: "Wearing the men's outfits allowed for maximum breath ability and I thought only about my game, not if I was accidentally flashing my butt to people. I scored twice as much when wearing 'men's' attire."


Track & Field

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USA Track and Field states that dress codes for American athletes have more flexibility in terms of competition uniforms. However, it has been argued that less clothing equals better results, particularly, as Rain points out, when it comes to landing lucrative endorsements.

Rain's assessment of athletic performance between the two looks: " I found that I actually ran slightly faster in the 'women's' outfit."


Gymnastics

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Sorry Rain. Your "women's" outfit is real cute, but you're going to have to add several thousand more Swarovski crystals to your look if you want to score gold! The New York Times has noted that the number of crystals on a single "women's" uniform has gone up from the hundreds in 2008 to over 5000 this year. The Olympics might as well add bedazzling to the gymnastic events! Not to forget that "men's" gymnastic uniforms are extremely less revealing.

Rain's assessment of athletic performance between these two looks: "For me, I was more physically comfortable in the men's, however the tightness of the female outfit made tumbles and flips a lot smoother."

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Texas Queer Style Royalty Launches Inclusive Women's Festival http://www.dapperq.com/2016/08/texas-queer-style-royalty-launches-inclusive-womens-festival/ http://www.dapperq.com/2016/08/texas-queer-style-royalty-launches-inclusive-womens-festival/#comments Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:51:46 +0000 http://www.dapperq.com/?p=28220 Produced by Wolfpack Productions, LLC, PLEZZURE ISLAND, the first and only queer women's resort takeover in Texas, is slated to take place at the...

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Produced by Wolfpack Productions, LLC, PLEZZURE ISLAND, the first and only queer women's resort takeover in Texas, is slated to take place at the Hilton Island Galveston Resort from September 29 - October 2, 2016. The highly anticipated Galveston, TX event promises to deliver a star-studded, multi-sensory experience that is diverse, welcoming, and inclusive. Weekend events include daily pool parties with DJs and Go-Go dancers. But of course, the dapperQ staff is extremely excited about the Friday night sexy PJ party that immediately commences after an amazing show called BedPost Confessions, which consists of seductive performances and sexy secrets revealed on stage. (I mean, you're all going to have to post up images of your silk robes and velvet slippers.) Jenny Block (author/writer featured in Playboy) will be a special guest featured performer during BedPost Confessions.

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The first annual event will feature nationwide talent including stars of The Real L Word, Whitney Mixter, Rose Garcia, and Hunter Valentine; comedian Lianna Carrera; and stars of The Real L Word Mississippi, Jana Paige Haynes, and Dannika Dewhurst.

Plezzure Island DJs include top Texas talent such as DJ ATHENZ, STETRA, DJ GirlFriend, DJ Sno White, DJ Rocabye, DJ Kayla Kruz, and their headliner from Miami, DJ Citizen Jane. There will be a DJ BATTLE on Saturday October 1st by the pool featuring DJ KFresh from Houston, DJ GiiQ from Austin, and DJ.2AM from Las Vegas. Saturday night features a Hunter Valentine concert, bringing the New York rock vibe. Sunday, attendees are invited to hit the beach for a day of fun in the sun with a solo set by Kiyomi of Hunter Valentine and additional live performances and local DJs.

Power couple Plezzure Island founders, Kelly Frances West (Austinite) and Michelle Solórzano Daly (Washington, D.C. native), AKA The Lesbutante & The Boss, are not only astute entrepreneurs; They are also known for being style royalty in the ATX. Michelle, a 38-year-old Purple Heart Army Veteran who spent 10 years in the military was medically retired after suffering injuries during a deployment to Iraq. She moved to Austin during the summer of 2012 for a new start after recovering from her injuries. A year later, she met Kelly through mutual friends. Kelly had just returned to her native Austin home after having been gone for 10 years. Kelly had been working as a wedding and event designer for the last 20 years. Shortly thereafter, the two decided to start a lesbian happy hour when the remaining lesbian bars in Austin had closed down and it was becoming impossible to meet quality women without using the Internet. The first happy hour in December of 2013 started out with a bang, drawing in an attendance of 125 women who found out about the event just by word of mouth and a Facebook invite. This is how Lesbutante & The Boss was born. Today, the duo hosts a large ladies night every second Friday at Austin's newest premiere LGBTQ nightclub, Highland Lounge. Lesbutante & The Boss fill the club with 400-500 women every month. Their monthly events are free because they want to grant full access to the community.

dapperQ recently interviewed Kelly and Michelle to find out what inspires the couple's work and also get the inside scoop about Plezzure Island and the couple's coveted style.

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dapperQ: What is Plezzure Island?

Lesbutante & The Boss: Plezzure Island is the only all female resort takeover in Texas. It is a 4-day lesbian/woman centered, trans inclusive event that includes pool parties, beach party, nighttime entertainment, DJs from all around the country, and all different types of lesbian celebrities from The Real L Word, L Word MS: Hate The Sin, celebrity lesbian DJs, writers, authors, and comedians.

dapperQ: Who makes up the Plezzure Island team?

Lesbutante & The Boss: The team consists of Michelle Solórzano Daly, Kelly West, Gabby Ayala, and Ashley Marshall (AKA The Wolfpack). Gabby and Ashley, our two best friends, partnered with us once the Plezzure Island venture was born. They both bring a wealth of varied experience to the table, such as staff recruiting and logistics management.

dapperQ: What inspired you to create Plezzure Island?

Lesbutante & The Boss: Through the success of Lesbutante & The Boss in Austin, we knew that the greater lesbian community was hungry for quality events. The central part of the United States has a lack of multi-day women focused events. Using large-scale events such as Dinah Shore in Palm Springs and Aqua Girl and Girls In Wonderland in Florida, as inspiration Plezzure Island was born. Our goal was to create a multi-day event that would bring a sense of community to the women in Texas and beyond.

dapperQ: There are queer-women’s festivals and circuit parties in California and Miami. What sets Plezzure Island apart from these other events and how does Galveston, TX stand out as a unique destination?

Lesbutante & The Boss: Texas is one of the largest states in the country and home to some of the most amazing lesbian communities: Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio, just to name a few. The Hilton Galveston Island Resort in Galveston, Texas is a perfect place for a destination multi-day event because Galveston is built for large-scale conventions and social gatherings.

dapperQ: What can attendees expect to experience at Plezzure Island?

Lesbutante & The Boss: They can expect a strong sense of community, women of all ages and backgrounds, to build new long lasting friends, to find the love of their life or weekend hook up, amazing DJs and live music, parties that create an experience for the attendee, and a safe environment to be yourself.

dapperQ: What are some of Plezzure Island’s keynote performers?

Lesbutante & The Boss:

DJ CITIZEN JANE – HEADLINER

DJ ATHENZ – from HOT 95.7 FM in Houston, Texas

DJ Sno White – Dallas, Texas

HUNTER VALENTINE – all female rock band based out of Brooklyn, NY and featured on season 3 of The Real L Word.

Jenny Block – author/writer (www.thejennyblock.com)

Rose Garcia from the Real L Word – MAIN HOST

Whitney Mixter from the Real L Word – host/special guest

Kiyomi McKlosky from the Real L Word and lead singer of Hunter Valentine

What are some of the showcased parties and meet-ups at the event?

Thursday evening: Exclusive VIP reception followed by a Speed Date hosted by Comedian Lianna Carrera

Friday Daytime: Pool party from 11a-5p with an array of DJs from Texas and other parts of the United States

Friday evening: BedPost Confessions with special guest Jenny Block followed by a sexy PJ party. Headlining DJ CITIZEN JANE from Miami, Florida.

Saturday Daytime: Pool party from 11a-5p with an array of DJs from Texas and other parts of the United States. An hour of the pool party will consist of a DJ BATTLE between 3 DJs. DJ KFresh from Houston, DJ GiiQ from Austin, and DJ.2AM from Las Vegas. Kia Comedy, a comedian hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, will host this DJ BATTLE.

Saturday Evening: Hunter Valentine Concert

Sunday: SUNDAY FUNDAY on the East beach (private) with games, live music, and DJs.

dapperQ: In addition to being amazing event promoters, your both on point with fashion. How would you describe your personal everyday styles?

Michelle: My personal everyday style changes constantly, just like my hair cut (wink face). There are days where I dress extremely preppy in a bow-tie and suspenders, and other days where I like to rock a tuxedo blazer with a t-shirt underneath, and some ripped up men’s skinny jeans. I love a snapback and have an obsession with all types of shoes, from a great Chelsea boot, to a tasseled loafer, chukka boot, or an oxford. I love to push the boundaries and mix patterns. I love to stand out and have my personal fashion be a topic of conversation.

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Kelly: My personal everyday style is best known as what I call the SHINY HIPPIE. I love dressing casual with a vintage feel. I dress up my outfits with tons of jewelry that represent nature to include feathers, mala beads, different types of stones and crystals, lots of turquoise, and lots of rings. I love layering in both my clothing and jewelry. You can find me in a short dress from Free People and a pair of slouchy cowboy boots by Frye 90% of the time.

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dapperQ: Who are your fashion icons?

Michelle: My fashion icons are Scott Disick and David Beckham.

Kelly: My fashion icons are Khloe Kardashian because we share the some love for all types of hats. I also love her hairstyles and color. I also love Kate Hudson and Blake Lively.

dapperQ: What fashion advice do you have for Plezzure Island attendees? What should they pack to be prepared for each event?

Lesbutante & The Boss: Galveston is a casual beach community so 2-3 swimsuits considering there are 2 pool parties and a beach party day. Pack a pair of sexy PJs for Friday night’s pajama party. An edgy concert outfit like a cool tank top and some ripped up jeans to see Hunter Valentine on Saturday evening. Flip flops, dancing shoes, t-shirts, tank tops, cut-off jean shorts, ball caps, and a great attitude for everything else.

CONTEST: Plezzure Island is giving away 2 General Admission weekend passes for the first all-female, trans-inclusive resort take over in Texas. A General Admission weekend pass includes all events Friday through Sunday (September 30 - October 2, 2016) and is valued at $200. Plezzure Island will be held at the Hilton Galveston Island Resort in Galveston, Texas. To enter, simply comment below stating which artist and/or party you are most excited to see at the event no later than August 30, 2016, 11:59PM EST. (This contest is run by Plezzure Island.)

To book your hotel & purchase tickets please visit www.plezzureislandtexas.com. If you are flying from out of town it is recommended to fly into Houston Hobby Airport and take a shuttle/cab/uber to the hotel. For any other questions regarding the 4 day event, please email theboss@plezzureislandtexas.com.

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Brave GentleMan Launches Line of Unisex "Menswear" Inspired Vegan Shoes http://www.dapperq.com/2016/08/brave-gentleman-launches-line-unisex-menswear-inspired-vegan-shoes/ http://www.dapperq.com/2016/08/brave-gentleman-launches-line-unisex-menswear-inspired-vegan-shoes/#respond Fri, 12 Aug 2016 04:00:46 +0000 http://www.dapperq.com/?p=28195 The Brave GentleMan, a Brooklyn-based high fashion, eco-friendly, vegan, cruelty-free, and sustainable boutique, has recently released a line of unisex "menswear" inspired vegan shoes,...

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The Brave GentleMan, a Brooklyn-based high fashion, eco-friendly, vegan, cruelty-free, and sustainable boutique, has recently released a line of unisex "menswear" inspired vegan shoes, along with some urban chic gender-neutral andro wear.


 
Their ethical, future-forward fabrics have earned them kudos as a PETA fashion award winner and make for sartorially smart, feel good style. The new line of unisex shoes focuses on classic styles that are versatile enough to be paired with traditional business attire, rugged outdoor heritage trends, and even casual weekend ensembles.

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BRAVE GENTLEMAN SUPERIOR MATERIALS GLOSSARY (From their website):

Brave GentleMan's pallete of materials is constantly in flux as we grow, as our buying-power and collaborations increase, and as we gain information about new materials that are available. Our goal is to use the highest-pefromance materials with stringent aesthetic criteria that meet a set of ethical and environmental standards. We are excited for the day that biofabricated, biosynthetic and cellular agriculture products become available to us. While those are in development, we focus on minimally impcatful, vegan, recycled, organic and high-tech sustainbale materials.

Future-Leather
Instead of animal-based leather (being the most economically important aspect of the slaughter-business as well as the single greatest cause of thr worst environmental problems), Brave GentleMan uses Italian-milled "future-leather" which is a high-tech, EU Ecolabel Certified, PU-based microfiber. PU is made in a strictly controlled and regulated chemical process, during which only a few grams per ton of chemical is ever released into the environment. The final polyurethane polymer is chemically inert, and therefore harmless. PU is also biodegradable by way of fungus found in landfill and soil.

Future-Wool
Far from sustainable, there are 1 Billion sheep on the planet, bred to accomodate demands for wool. We work with an EU Ecolabel Certified, fair-labor mill in Brazil which uses recycled-cotton/recycled-polyester blends diverted from the waste-stream, color separated for a dye-free process, mechanically broken down and respun into new yarns for many of our tweeds and twills featured in our suits and outerwear.
Our hats and other felt products are made using a USA-based mill that turns polyester from mechanically recycled soda and water bottles into felt with a wool handfeel and high-performance qualities.We look forward to the day we can incorporate synthesized keratin fibers (lab-grown wool fiber).

Future-Silk
Brave GentleMan uses a lush, GRS-certified, Turkish-milled "silk", made from 100% post-consumer, mechanically-recycled plastic bottles for linings and pocketing in our Autumn/Winter suits and outerwear. We work with the Italian organization C.L.A.S.S. and their NewLife product range. We hope to soon incorporate innovations like Bolt Threads synthesized spider silk for linings, outers, threads, and more.

Organic Plant-Based Materials
For warmer weather garments we use a specturm of non-GMO, organic cottons and organic linens from various places like India, France and the USA. We hope to soon incorporate innovations like pineapple leather, fungus leather, and others.

Future-Ivory
Our buttons are all made from corozo (tagua nut), a sustainbaly-gathered nut that falls from the Ivory Palm. it's called the Ivory palm due to the nuts' ivory-like strength, tactile and aesthetic properties.

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Portrait of An Heiress: LA Oil Socialite Nats Getty http://www.dapperq.com/2016/08/portrait-heiress-la-oil-diva-nats-getty/ http://www.dapperq.com/2016/08/portrait-heiress-la-oil-diva-nats-getty/#respond Mon, 08 Aug 2016 04:00:08 +0000 http://www.dapperq.com/?p=28153 I am absolutely stoked to be also lending my talents as a fashion editor to Curve, the nation's best selling lesbian print magazine! I...

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I am absolutely stoked to be also lending my talents as a fashion editor to Curve, the nation's best selling lesbian print magazine! I recently got the opportunity to profile Getty oil heiress and designer Nats Getty for Curve. Check out the original feature below and be sure to tune into Curve for more of my fashion picks and interviews!

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Natalia "Nats" Getty is a 23 year old model, artist, activist, and heir to the Getty oil fortune who is shaping her own vision of what a successful out and proud socialite heiress looks like. When she's not working closely with GLAAD or collaborating with her mom and brother to provide new infrastructure for the Los Angeles LGBT Center, she is designing custom leather jackets for Strike Oil, her clothing and lifestyle brand. Each artfully designed Strike Oil jacket is a one-of-a-kind collectible that celebrates the individual, the different, and the "out there."

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A self-described tomboy, Nats was born in Los Angeles and spent her childhood in Santa Monica tree climbing and skateboarding, until the age of eight, when she moved to England for boarding school and to be with her family. Today, she is back in the U.S., residing mostly in West Hollywood, but also jet-setting across the globe.

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Photographer Molly Adams spent the day shooting Nats' sexy andro style and unique Strike Oil designs. The sizzling Cali desert was the perfect location to capture all of this Getty heat!

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Photographer: Molly Adams
Leather Jackets: Strike Oil by Nats Getty

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Jaden Smith Graces Nylon in Fierce Lace, Says He Uses Style to Create Change http://www.dapperq.com/2016/08/jaden-smith-graces-nylon-fierce-lace-says-uses-style-create-change/ http://www.dapperq.com/2016/08/jaden-smith-graces-nylon-fierce-lace-says-uses-style-create-change/#respond Thu, 04 Aug 2016 02:39:16 +0000 http://www.dapperq.com/?p=28183 #CareFreeBlackBoy Jaden Smith slays again, wearing a fierce lace shirt on the cover of Nylon. Jaden is the magazine's first solo male cover star....

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#CareFreeBlackBoy Jaden Smith slays again, wearing a fierce lace shirt on the cover of Nylon. Jaden is the magazine's first solo male cover star.

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Recently, Jaden Smith modeled a skirt as one of the new faces of a Louis Vuitton "womenswear" campaign. This drew criticism from the usual conservative suspects, further demonstrating the political power of clothing. And, Jaden is acutely aware of this power, stating in his Nylon interview that he wore the skirt "So, you know, in five years when a kid goes to school wearing a skirt, he won't get beat up and kids won't get mad at him." He went further, saying of the campaign, "It was lit because we all knew that we were going to impact the culture and change the game and make a difference."

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HBO Awards a Dapper Suit to Three LGBTQ Youth http://www.dapperq.com/2016/08/hbo-awards-dapper-suit-three-lgbtq-youth/ http://www.dapperq.com/2016/08/hbo-awards-dapper-suit-three-lgbtq-youth/#respond Tue, 02 Aug 2016 04:00:27 +0000 http://www.dapperq.com/?p=28163 Suited, a new HBO documentary produced by Lena Dunham (Girls) and Jenni Konner, and directed by Jason Benjamin, tells the story of Bindle &...

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Suited, a new HBO documentary produced by Lena Dunham (Girls) and Jenni Konner, and directed by Jason Benjamin, tells the story of Bindle & Keep, a Brooklyn tailoring company that makes custom suits for gender-nonconforming and transgender clients. We were honored that our first fashion show at Brooklyn Museum closed the documentary and were thrilled to host a private screening of this impactful film.

HBO has continued its important work in advancing visibility by creating 'GET SUITED,' a contest where LGBTQ youth were asked to submit videos for the chance to win a trip to NYC, attend the premiere of SUITED with Lena Dunham, and have a custom suit created by Brooklyn-based doc subject Bindle & Keep.

The three winners  were interviewed following the premiere and receipt of their new custom suits. You can watch their stories below. Congrats!


 


 


 

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The Modern Power Suit http://www.dapperq.com/2016/08/modern-power-suit/ http://www.dapperq.com/2016/08/modern-power-suit/#respond Mon, 01 Aug 2016 04:00:12 +0000 http://www.dapperq.com/?p=28145 dapperQ is thrilled to announce that our Editor-in-Chief Anita Dolce Vita is also now serving as a Fashion Editor at Curve, the nation's best...

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dapperQ is thrilled to announce that our Editor-in-Chief Anita Dolce Vita is also now serving as a Fashion Editor at Curve, the nation's best selling  lesbian print magazine. For Anita's first piece, she introduced Curve readers to the dapper community that we've built over the years, celebrating the style of the bloggers and designers on the forefront of "menswear" tailoring for all genders. Here's the original Curve piece. Stay tuned to Curve for more of Anita's picks.

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Queer style has its own revolutionary roots but is also part of a rich legacy of fashion as empowering political resistance. Today, a new generation of women are carrying the torch passed to them by their elder trailblazers who dared to wear the pants to fight the patriarchy. Photographer Debbie-jean Lemonte hit the Hamptons to capture some of today's leading women "menswear" influencers who proudly donned bespoke power-suits designed by The Tailory, a female owned and operated custom clothing company. The all-star model roster included androgynous model Ali Medina; Cris Domingo of La Garçonniére; Ariam Geffrard of A Dapper Chick; and Danielle Cooper of She's a Gent.

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Suits and shirts: The Tailory, www.thetailorynyc.com
Photographer: Debbie-jean Lemonte, DAG Images, www.dagimagesnyc.com
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Ali Medina, Model/Artist, www.alimedinaart.com
Cris Domingo, Style Blogger/Menswear Influencer, La Garçonniére, www.la-garconniere-.tumblr.com
Ariam Geffrard, Style Blogger/Menswear Influencer, A Dapper Chick, www.adapperchick.com
Danielle Cooper, Style Blogger/Menswear Influencer, She's a Gent, www.shesagent.com

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Because We're Magic: Healing and Resilience Through Daily Adornment http://www.dapperq.com/2016/07/magic-healing-resilience-daily-adornment/ http://www.dapperq.com/2016/07/magic-healing-resilience-daily-adornment/#respond Wed, 27 Jul 2016 01:35:07 +0000 http://www.dapperq.com/?p=28129 How am I supposed to believe in what’s possible, if I don’t know what’s possible?

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It’s December 2015, I’m looking in a mirror and my hands are shaking. I splash some water on my face and question my own existence. The words, “I don’t want to be here anymore”, echo in my head. If only I could take away the pain. Take away the isolation. Take away the abuse. I look up, eyes swollen from crying, and abandon the plan to take my own life. This time isn’t the first time I’ve contemplated my worth. As someone who struggles with depression and anxiety, I often feel things at such an intense level. One of my daily struggles is valuing and loving my body. Every day, I’m bombarded with images that don’t represent me. There are times I get so excited about a new platform to highlight trans voices and faces…and then, I open up the web page or the magazine and my heart sinks. Not one Black chubby or fat queer boi….again. So, what does that say about me? Am I truly valued?

I share such a deep and intimate story because I believe in the power of vulnerability. Much of my interests in style has stemmed from the reality that I didn’t see myself anywhere. And when I say see myself, I mean in all of my forms. Black. Chubby. Queer. A person with disabilities. Lover. Educator, etc. etc. How am I supposed to believe in what’s possible, if I don’t know what’s possible? As a young child, my mother always described me as eclectic. I always wanted to wear the brightest colors and the shiniest jewelry. And as a poor Black boi, while those options weren’t always available to me, I learned quickly what creativity could provide when planning a fit.

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It was almost like my outfits became armor to deflect from bullying and feeling so out-of-place as a young queer person. A lot of people talk about self-love and, while I believe much of this rhetoric depends on your abilities and access to certain spaces, I did learn how to appreciate myself through adornment. My style has always been about protection. And it’s also caused me to be more vulnerable to harassment from people, including the police. I love wearing all black. It’s sleek and just super fresh. But, try wearing all black and walk around in your neighborhood. Because I’m a Black masculine person of size, I’m seen as a threat or possibly someone who could overpower someone else. And let’s be real, masculinity is a huge factor and the ability to take up space in general is a privilege I hold. In addition, being Black and masculine means I’ve also been followed around stores by employees, stopped by the police for simply walking to the corner store, and asked “where I was headed?” by locals who suspect me of wrongdoing in major cities across the country.

Size and fashion always seem to be at odds. When I think of Black trans identified fat and chubby models, I wonder, where’s the visible diversity? Because I know of some fly people of size all along the gender spectrum. Desirability is a real thing and when you never include us in the fashion industry, you’re sending a clear message of what bodies are seen as desirable and valued. So, quick story. One day, I was online looking at clothes from ASOS. I immediately thought more than likely they wouldn’t have my size but to my relief they did! I click on the image to select a sale item I found in my size and when I look at the model, there is a slender man wearing a size medium shirt. I look twice…wait this isn’t right. So, I click 2XL again. And nope, the same image of the same man wearing a medium. Now, how am I supposed to gauge how this shirt will look on my body? There really aren’t any models you could select to wear your own brand in the sizes you offer? This is just one example how sizeism happens every day.

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I don’t have all of the answers when it comes to showcasing body diversity in fashion. But, I do know, if you want people to feel valued, let them see themselves. If you have the power and have control over a platform, it’s on you to make those adjustments and include us. For the people out there reading this, I want fat and chubby trans people to know, you’re handsome, you’re beautiful, you matter. I know systemically, people haven’t made room for us but I see you.

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One of the reasons I love bklyn boihood is that we unapologetically make space for our community and we represent a wide range of bodies. We always are lifting each other up, complimenting each other, reminding each other that we are celestial. I hope to those you’ve read this, you’ve felt the love. For those who are curious about bklyn boihood, check us out on social media and connect with us. We would love to hear from you!

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Dr Van Bailey About the author: Dr. Van Bailey is a member of bklyn boihood, a collective dedicated to spreading love through community-building events, music and art while sharing our journey as bois of color who believe in safe spaces, accountable action and self-care. Additionally, he is an educator, international speaker and diversity consultant. Van's speeches and workshops relate to LGBTQ+ student resilience, pedagogical practice, and intersectionality. In 2014, he was included in the Trans 100 and in 2015 he was also included in the 100 to Watch LBGTQ/SGL Emerging Leaders lists noting his work in higher education. Currently, he sits on the Board of Directors for the National Center for Transgender Equality and the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals. His published work has been featured on NPR, the Boston Globe, the Huffington Post, the Feminist Wire, and Buzzfeed. As a diversity specialist, Van has worked with constituents internationality in addressing LGBTQ inclusion on college campuses.

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