Genderless clothing is fastly becoming a common trend in fashion. In the past, stealing clothes from your boyfriend/girlfriend closet was one way to add gender neutral items into your wardrobe. We had a chat with Amrita Gill, owner of PARLOQUE, who is breaking down gender-related titles with the store’s curated concept ONE.
What inspired you to curate non-gender specific items for Parloque?
It came to my attention that there were two things happening at PARLOQUE. One, a lot of the styles that we were bringing in were either unisex or could be considered unisex /gender neutral. Two, some people would stop themselves from going into another section after finding out it was the opposing gender, even though they wanted to.
I thought, why are we perpetuating the cycle we stand against; people confining themselves to boundaries and rules that just don’t make sense. PARLOQUE is here to help people break out of that – enter the curated genderless section in the shop as well as online.
Who are a few of the designers that you carry? Can you tell us a little bit about the selection process?
We carry Untitled & Co, Blanc de Noir, Wordsmiths United, New Regime to name a few. We look for brands that catch our eye when it comes to aesthetics, that are doing something innovative in fashion and prices that make sense for the quality. If you have those, AND are from Canada you might as well have a golden ticket for the selection process.
Why do you think it’s important that we finally start to steer away from gender norms?
It’s important because we’re never going to achieve equality amongst humans until we stop putting ourselves into boxes and categories and sub categories. Boxes that have all these rules and regulations that don’t make sense yet we follow them blindly without questioning.
In this day and age, with the progression we’ve achieved to date, it’s kind of ridiculous to still have segregation amongst any humans in any aspect of life
What is your first fashion memory?
My first fashion memory could be a false one since I’ve heard my mother tell it a million and one times but it involves me, about 3 years old kicking up a tantrum after she had chosen a bit of a plain outfit for me; I refused to wear it and choose this ridiculous shiny, disco looking dress that was apparently my favourite.
How have your clientele responded?
PARLOQUE’s clientele have reacted well. People seem appreciative of the fact that we’re trying to do something positive here. We’ve had customers literally telling us that it’s made their experience more easygoing and comfortable, which is really rewarding to hear.
Visit Parloque at 1093 Queen St. W, Toronto ON or online here