A lingerie shop owner in Kansas City has created an undergarment line for the transgender community.
For the last 13 years, Peregrine Honig has run lingerie shop Birdies and after realizing the options available for undergarments for transgender individuals were very limited, Honig decided to take action.
“It was all so medical, but more than that, it was poorly constructed, too,” she said to Today in an interview. “I started trying to see what else was out there for the trans community.”
There are options that medical professionals provide, but they tend to be more functional than flattering which leads to individuals going the DIY route and using bandages, tape and other items to get the desired look which can be painful. So for the most part the transgender community has been stuck with unfashionable, and merely functional garments.
Luckily for Honig, the answer to the problem was right under her nose. Designer Miranda Treas has a line that is sold in Honig’s store and she told the shop owner about her aunt, Laura Treas, had spent eight years working in the post-plastic surgery industry and thus the line was born. Treas would become the designer for “All is Fair in Love and Wear” and Honig is the founder.
They launhced a Kickstarter campaign and successfully managed to raise enough to produce a line of “gender-fluid” intimates which include binders, enhancers, contour garments, daywear, and loungewear, that serves a “transcending community.” According to the Kickstarter page, the business women were able to raise $25,550 from 175 backers.
“Everybody wants to dress as they see themselves, so we’re buildng a brand that is inclusive and progressive,” states the Kickstarter page.
Instead of calling it a lingerie line though, Honig refers to it ”middle-wear,” according to her interview with Today. It’s something she came up with “to represent the transitional time that the garments are intended to accompany.”