A gender-free clothing store, the first of its kind in the world, has opened in New York City.
The Phluid Project is aiming to not just introduce a range of clothes that will appeal to all genders, like some stores have done, but have an entire shop dedicated to the concept.
None of their items in their store, based in Soho, are labelled as 'men' or 'women', as they prefer to allow people to express themselves freely without being confined by identity given to most clothes.
I was a young, creative kid who wasn’t able to be his honest and authentic self.
So in a way, I’m creating a space for young people to be their authentic selves and to be unashamed if they want to try on makeup if they want to try on clothes.
It’s a space you can try things on and not feel ashamed in any way
Everything from the customer service to the changing rooms and even the gender-neutral mannequins have been specifically curated to not only meet people's needs, but encourage the same type of behaviour from the public.
Brands like Doc Marten's, FILA and Champion feature in the store as well as nonprofits and women-owned brands, with many garments being acutely designed to fit all genders and body-shapes.
Furthermore, the store does not label clothes from XS to XL but instead used a number system going from 0 to 4, with the intention of eventually expanding to 00 and 5 and 6.
Judging by Twitter it is going down well with people who have visited it so far.
Smith, who believes that there will be more and more gender-free stores across the world in the near future, has already begun to see the benefits of the store.
A family came in from Wisconsin and they came because they heard about it and this is where they decided to go on vacation and this was their first stop.
So it really just hit me, and I know we’re on the right track.
To see the expression on young people’s faces, and the gratitude that there’s a place like this for them to shop.
It’s validating for young people and it makes their parents feel good, that there’s some place for them