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Here's how a Copenhagen-Hong Kong bag label and London e-tailor are bringing attention to gender fluidity

Here's how a Copenhagen-Hong Kong bag label and London e-tailor are bringing attention to gender fluidity

Pass the microphone

Text: Andrea Sim

Springboarding off an exclusive accessories collection, Totem Collective and Verv London delve into the perspectives of genderqueer individuals

The acronym LGBTQI is not an unfamiliar one, though many are probably better informed on what some of those letters define more so than others. In fact, not all fight their fight by defining — Q for instance, requires some undefining. It is less black and white than the idea of a boy liking a boy or a girl liking a girl. Rather, it is the re-writing of the concept of a boy and girl, gender and its implicated expectation of people being absolutely masculine or feminine. It is to say that not everyone exists on a specific point on the spectrum; some of us exist on multiple points across the spectrum concurrently. 

And through a product launch, bag label Totem Collective and e-tailer Verv London seek to educate on the matter. The latter, a multi-label clothing retail site championing the genderless movement through omission of 'men' and 'women' categories and the way in which they style products. The former, a purveyor of unisex leather bags. For this synergistic reason, Totem Collective has released its range of removable glitter patches (designed to sit on their totes and backpacks) exclusively to Verv London — parlaying the product launch into an avenue for insight into the genderqueer. Three gender non-binary individuals front the range, provide perspective, and weigh in with personal anecdotes and experiences.

A snippet here:

 

Read the full interview with Meme, Joris and Zarah on Totem Collective.

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