November 12, 2021

Catching up with a hot American-Liberian designer from NYC: Telfar Clemens

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Radboy, a fashion designer, had become Telfar's partner and creative director in 2013. With that, the two men have enjoyed years of success and are featured on several major projects.

Telfar Clemens, a 36-year-old American-Liberian designer, was raised in the Queen’s neighborhood of Lefrak City. And, he is the brains behind Telfar. An excitingly genderless fashion label Telfar.

Telfar is based in the Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood. A brand that started because of a monogram idea, which resonated with Clemens.

Although, he is queer, it doesn’t stop his money or passion. Most importantly, Telfar continues to make allies all over the world.

Radboy, a fashion designer, had become Telfar’s partner and creative director in 2013. With that, the two men have enjoyed years of success and are featured on several major projects.

Collaborations:

In May 2017, he collaborated with the likes of musician Solange Knowles. Solange used Clemens to design the outfits for her video dancers.

In 2020, collaboration between Clemens and the Gap was cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic. In conclusion, it didn’t stop him from other future endeavors.

Clemens launched a line of durags in 2020, for instance. Shortly after, boots brand UGG had become one of Clemens major collaborative efforts in 2021.

Photo courtesy of The Associated Press

Clemens had gotten the chance to sport his Fall Winter 2019 collection at Irving Park in NYC. It was at an exclusive event celebrating black future designers, with models and a fashion show.

Finally, in June 2020, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the first LGBTQ Pride parade Queerty named Telfar among the fifty heroes. They quoted as saying “leading the nation toward equality, acceptance, and dignity for all people.”

Telfar Clemens is a name that will be ringing in the NYC fashion industry for years to come.

Notably:

Clemens won the 2017 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund along with a $400,000 prize.

 Clemens won at CFDA again, this time the 2020 “American Accessories Designer of the Year” award,

He took some of his prize money, $4,000 to invest in the production of The Telfar Shopping Bag.

Uniforms:

Telfar designed official uniforms for team Liberia, during the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

Made uniform designs for 400 White Castles franchise restaurants in 2017.

Telfar Clemens is a name that will be ringing in the NYC fashion industry for years to come.

Telfar Shopping Bag:

Vegan leather, branded with the signature “T” Telfar logo

Pure Vegan Telfar shopping Bag, Courtesy of Mercari

Clemens’ bag was featured in a musician Kelela’s video.

Oprah Winfrey promoted the bag as her ‘Favorite Things’

https://pagesix.com/2020/11/06/oprah-names-celebrity-loved-telfar-bag-one-of-her-2020-favorite-things/#:~:text=Among%20Oprah’s%20Favorite%20Things%20for,from%20black%2Downed%20small%20businesses.

More: Rapper Kid Cudi in a dress

https://www.vogue.com/article/kid-cudi-erl-wedding-dress-cfda-awards

Shop:

https://shop.telfar.net/

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