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10 Genderless Fashion Brands You Need to Know

These brands are blurring the lines of gendered fashion.
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Gender has been a hot topic of late, with a focus on gender fluidity. It's something that's been picked up by the fashion industry, which has allowed many to embrace their individuality by challenging traditional notions of dress. These include celebrities such as Ezra Miller, Jaden Smith, and even A$AP Rocky. From established fashion houses to up-and-coming designers, here are 10 genderless brands that are revolutionizing how we see and wear clothes.

1| Bode

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In 2016, Emily Bode established her menswear brand to express "a sentimentality for the past through the study of personal narratives and historical techniques." It is through this philosophy that she creates modern workwear silhouettes with more feminine techniques such as quilting, mending, and applique. After debuting her label, Bode became the first woman to show at New York Fashion Week: Men's. And just this year, she won the CFDA and Vogue's Fashion Fund.

2| Wales Bonner

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Grace Wales Bonner launched her eponymous menswear brand in 2014. It soon expanded to womenswear with a shared aesthetic that the designer stands by. In an interview with Elle UK, she explained, "I think of my collections as a whole—I wouldn't necessarily break them up into men's and women's."

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3| Eckhaus Latta

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American fashion brand Eckhaus Latta was founded by Zoe Latta and Mike Eckhaus in 2011. Known for its gender-neutral clothing, the two explain that they have a "liberated audience" in mind when they design clothes. Through this, they make clothes that offer an alternative to the traditional aspects of fashion. And fashion is taking notice—just last year, Eckhaus Latta earned an LVMH Prize nomination.

4| Agender

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South Korean brand Agender was founded in 2016. With a unisex approach, the brand discards traditionally masculine and feminine stereotypes to create modern and athletic pieces that are truly genderless. 

5| Gucci

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Gucci has always questioned tradition, and even more so today under Alessandro Michele's vision. For his debut collection, Michele introduced pussy bow blouses, sheer tops, and lace on men that were strikingly similar to his women's collection. Today, Gucci has put gender-forward celebrities such as Jared Leto and Harry Styles at the forefront of the movement.

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6| J.W. Anderson

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Established in 2008, J.W. Anderson's eponymous brand is known for its visionary take on fashion. One of the first times Anderson subverted gender binaries was in his 2013 show, which featured men in ruffles and feminine silhouettes while, in the past, his womenswear played on a boyish kind of feminity with tracksuits, knitwear, and aprons. He further clarified his stance when he showed his men's and women's collection at the same time.

7| Loewe

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Under J.W. Anderson's direction, Loewe has gotten a more contemporary, genderless look. Both the women's and men's collections are indistinguishable with shared design details such as skirts, dresses, suits, and ruffles. Even the brand's accessories are blurred, with just the sizes of the bags as the major difference.

8| Rick Owens

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Established in 1994, Rick Owens has always championed gender neutrality. With his grunge style, he makes clothing in all shades of black, gray, and white. From his leather jackets to his heeled boots, everything he creates has a shared concept. Even his personal style, which consists of tunics, drop crotch pants, and the like, reflects this ideology.

9| Louis Vuitton

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A traditional brand, Louis Vuitton’s step into the unconventional is one that’s surprised many. Nicolas Ghesquiere, the creative director for womenswear, is one to push the boundaries by dressing women in the structured and bold. In his shows, he also uses both male and female models to showcase his designs. Similarly, menswear creative director Virgil Abloh also sent down models in draped skirts for his last collection.

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10| Telfar

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Liberian-American designer Telfar Clemens line follows one tagline: "Not for you—for everyone." His inclusive line is currently on track to redefine fashion by making it more personal and by reformatting traditional ideas. The brand has made a name for itself by truly being genderless and forward thinking.

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