Willie Norris Has Some Words For Us

The fashion designer Willie Norris has two fan bases who are apt to recognize her in her Brooklyn neighborhood, show her that they are wearing clothes she designed, and possibly shed tears.

The first fans are tech-savvy men’s wear aficionados who love to bro down with other detail-obsessed fabric fetishists, sharing their outfits and reviewing new garments on online platforms like Reddit and Discord. (They’re mostly men but increasingly women and nonbinary folks, too.) The second are L.G.B.T.Q. creatives whose affection for Willie Norris’s work is fostered by the bonds it highlights among them, the ways clothing is a badge for belief in the dissolution of society’s boundaries of identity.

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