By  on February 9, 2018

Before unisex clothing was a thing, Telfar Clemens did it. He’s been designing nongendered clothes since 2002. Before see-now-buy-now was a thing, Telfar Clemens did it. In 2011, he held mobile pop-up shows throughout New York Fashion Week and let guests purchase pieces from the spring 2012 collection on the spot. Before normcore was a thing, Telfar Clemens did it. He created Extremely Normal before K-Hole coined normcore. And before casting models of various hues was a thing, Telfar Clemens did it. See any of his early look books.

The fashion industry is notorious for latching onto “a thing” before abandoning it for another of-the-moment concept. But for 32-year-old Clemens, all those notions remain “the thing.”

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