Rise of the Butch Bespoke Tailor

Buck Angel Sharpe Suiting

Buck Angel in a custom Sharpe Suiting suit.
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While there are countless online and brick-and-mortar stores that make custom suits, it wasn’t until about a decade ago that you could find formal clothes tailored specifically for trans masculine and butch folks. In the time since, several custom tailors targeting this market have opened doors, attracting huge community support and media attention from major outlets such as the New York Times and PBS. These businesses have been noted for tapping into the “buying power” of an underserved market and in this regard it’s probably safe to say that trans men are a secondary target customer. Nevertheless, many trans guys will find shopping with one of these tailors to be a more comfortable experience. If you’re in the hunt for a fine suit in the US or UK, consider supporting one of the rising butch bespoke tailors.

Fashion is a proclamation or manifestation of identity. – Kate Bornstein, artist and activist

Duchess Clothier – www.duchessclothier.com
Made-to-measure suits made with an understanding of the unique needs of genderqueer and trans bodies. Est. 2005. Portland, OR.

Bindle & Keep – www.bindleandkeep.com/men/
Custom tailors with a LGBT rep. Est. 2011. Brooklyn, NY.

Dapper Boi – www.dapperboi.com
Androgynous clothing brought to you at a wholesale price and made to fit a variety of sizes and genders. Est. 2015.  San Diego, CA.

Kipper Clothiers – www.kipperclothiers.biz
Well-fitting tailored suits and shirts for men and women alike. Est. 2013. San Francisco, CA.

Saint Harridan – www.saintharridan.com
Raised more than $137,000 via Kickstarter. Suits feature a sleek masculine cut, “re-engineered for women and transmen.” Watch for the Pop-Up Shop Tour—they may come to your town. Est. 2013. Oakland, CA.

Sharpe Suiting – www.sharpesuiting.com
“Custom constructed suits and dress wear with an intellectual approach and a classic feel.” Est. 2014. Los Angeles, CA.

The Butch Clothing Company – thebutchclothingcompany.co.uk
“Custom suits for gay women.” Est. 2009. Paddock Wood, Kent, England.


Last updated: 09/01/16

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