Should All Fashion Brands Adopt A Genderless Layout Within Their Shops?
ANAÏS MAK: NO
A genderless layout doesn’t apply to every brand. I love seeing the concept of genderless fashion thrive in the fashion industry, but I believe it’s about having a choice. Fashion is about being able to become whoever you want, and ideally, a store should be designed to facilitate this type of thinking. I appreciate designs that are built according to classic gender aesthetics. Some days I enjoy wearing baggy jeans and a hoodie, and other days I love being ultrafeminine in heels, a silk dress and eyeliner with a fresh manicure. It’s ultimately our own choice to feel more empowered—whether that’s in a T-shirt, a stiletto or a pantsuit. Regardless of how we’re raised, I believe we’re born to be liberated in different ways. Today, adopting less dated stereotypes shouldn’t mean destroying social contexts completely.