A UK-based transgender woman is looking for a manufacturer to help her create ‘functional but feminine’ tucking lingerie, for herself and other transgender women who haven’t had gender-affirming surgery.
Posting on Sewport, a fashion manufacturer marketplace, last week, the woman is appealing to designers and manufacturers who can help and has set aside £2,000 for the prototype.
Wishing to remain anonymous but signed her email off as ‘Bee’, the woman says she has decided against reassignment surgery, so is looking for a long-term lingerie solution that will help her ‘tuck’ comfortably and securely, but also make her feel feminine.
The initial post on Sewport looking for manufacturers or designers has so far been unsuccessful, so the story has gone public in a bid to find someone who can help.
Bee’s email details her struggle with current ‘tucking’ methods and how she’s concerned about the medical implications of them. She also says she’s tried the ‘gaff’ method, which is makeshift underwear, but finds it doesn’t provide enough security. Neither method makes her feel like a woman either, and that’s her main motivation for creating something ‘functional and feminine’.
Initially Bee was only interested in creating something for personal use, however now she is hopeful that if her prototype is a success, she can launch a range of feminine and bespoke lingerie for all transgender women.
There isn’t any medical research that indicates ‘tucking’ is harmful, however, transgender women often say it can be uncomfortable and medical experts have said that regular tucking can lead to urinary tract infections, skin infections and in severe cases infertility.
Boris Hodakel, Sewport founder, said:
“I am really proud that Sewport is fast becoming the place to go if you have a fashion solution to a very real problem, and although Bee doesn’t have the solution yet, she is trying to work with people who might, and willing to put her savings into making it happen.
It’s very admirable and I hope we can help her find a suitable designer and manufacturer, because I can see the value a garment like this would add to transgender women’s lives.
“I implore any designer or manufacturer who has experience in the lingerie market to get in touch. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know how the garment would look or functionally work, Bee is open to any sort of discussion, and I’m sure from her personal and your professional experience, something great will happen.”
Sewport connects small to medium sized fashion brands with manufacturers, enabling them to create designs and garments from clothes to handbags, in an easy and cost-effective way. Boris started the company after realising there was a gap in the market for a ‘one-stop-shop’ manufacturing marketplace for new and established brands.