We are proud to carry so many amazing female-founded brands on our platform — brands paving the way in sustainability, genderless fashion, and truly unique streetwear. As Women’s History Month comes to a close, we continue to celebrate (and be inspired by) our female designers every single day. Below, learn more about just ten of the women transforming the streetwear industry, from right here on TRILL.
THE LAUGHING GEISHA
The Laughing Geisha was launched less than a year ago by Nicole Tiedemann, a Los Angeles-based model and artist. Tiedemann remixes vintage jackets, sweats, and graphic tees with her painterly takes on Japanese art, backed by an intimate relationship with the culture itself. Every item is upcycled and hand-painted or printed by Tiedemann herself, so no two pieces are exactly the same.
Backseat Kissing reigns at the intersection of sustainability and versatility — not only are its organic velour tracksuits reversible, but they’re designed in a gender-neutral cut. The London designer (who prefers to stay nameless), upgrades silhouettes from her ‘00s childhood with 100% eco-friendly materials, giving a luxurious feel and ethical boost to fashion’s Y2K craze.
Cierra Boyd’s upcycled sneaker corsets are about as close as it gets to wearable art. Her creations are completely made by hand, reusing popular kicks from Jordan 1s to New Balance 990s. Celebrities from Wolftyla to Dreezy have been spotted in Boyd’s corsets, proving them to be just as wearable as they are frame-worthy.
BOBBLEHAUS is an editorial platform and creative bubble based in New York City and Shanghai. Founders Abi Lierheimer and Ophelia Chen dropped their first-ever clothing collection less than a year ago. Just like it’s writing, BOBBLEHAUS garments reflect a commitment to inclusivity and sustainability: everything is designed with organic materials, in a genderless, universal fit.
Every part of Cay’s brand, C’s Atelier, reflects the ‘70s punk scene that inspires her. Cay handcrafts each piece from her New York City studio, using stainless steel hardware, embroidery, bleach dye, and even burn holes to redefine the line between masculine and feminine.
Brynn McIntosh formed 1025 as an eternal, wearable call to create. Representing both International Artist’s Day and McIntosh’s birthday, 10/25 stretches beyond a calendar date for the designer — it’s a mindset of creative freedom, one that she reflects in every element of her brand.
Bocanegra’s colorful, geometric jewelry is solely inspired by the feminine. Each textural piece represents the power, elegance, and individuality that embodies femininity. Bocanegra’s sustainability efforts go far beyond its natural materials — the brand is completely zero-waste, so every accessory leaves no carbon footprint behind.
NMB NEW YORK
NMB New York started as Natalie Brown’s thesis collection at Parsons School of Design, and in less than a year has become a frontrunner in the upcycled fashion movement. Every NMB piece is made with vintage clothing, primarily T-shirts, that the designer deconstructs and repurposes as fabric. From her iconic music-printed puffer jackets to patchwork denim corsets, no two pieces are ever the same.
Abigail Ajobi launched her namesake brand from London in October, seeking to express the overlap of social justice and sustainability. Community and inclusivity are at the heart of everything Ajobi creates. Each garment is made with deadstock materials and limited quantities to avoid waste and a portion of profits from each collection go towards a rotating nonprofit.
At just 19 years old, Kim Canjels is still working towards her graphic design degree while running her own grunge-inspired label. The Netherlands designer hand-picks her garments from vintage stores before reimagining them with patchwork collages, making every upcycled piece a true one-of-one.