While our idea hit the scene in the summer of 2015, our binders hit the market in October of 2016 and have been selling out faster and faster ever since (they sold out in less than 2 hours this last go around). Each time we sell out, we place a larger order with our manufacturer -- but we have to wait the 8 week turnaround time for production. We announce on social media ahead of time when the drop date/time will be next, so if you don't see our binders for sale currently (or they're sold out) that means they're coming soon! So be sure to follow us on social media and subscribe to our newsletter to keep up with our updates on release dates.
From ideation through the entire manufacturing process we perfected and tweaked our binder until it was as close to perfect as we could possibly get it and we are beyond stoked about the result. We wanted to bring y’all a product that improved the things that we didn’t like about other binders on the market as well as creating a line that was inclusive of a variety of sizes and skin tones -- and so far we've received raving reviews. We've already expanded to a fifth color and added XXS and XXL to our line, but we hope to continue expanding in the future!
A LITTLE ABOUT THE PROJECT:
For a while we had thrown around the idea for a ftm/masculine of center swim top. Years of personal experience with heightened dysphoria during the summer and seeing others struggle to find an appropriate top to wear while swimming and not seeing any adequate options spurred us to create a solution.
Our solution was the Bareskin Binder. We combined the silhouette of a traditional half binder and compression sports bra to create a comfortable top that binds but still lets you get a tan and feel closer to being shirtless than anything else out there. We offer this top in a range of skin tones so that the wearer can have a passably topless "masculine" aesthetic, this is less visually triggering than wearing a bikini top, sports bra, traditional binder, or shirt and allows for more confidence and comfort.
In November of 2015 we launched our Kickstarter for the Bareskin Binder -- an inclusive nude colored binder that included a range of skin-tones, something that hadn’t been done before. Thanks to 766 backers, we successfully funded our project through Kickstarter in December 2015 (making this the most funded trans-related project in Kickstarter history) and began selling en masse in October of 2016. Our production is done through a domestic manufacturing team here in Dallas that is 100% women and started/run by a woman of color. We've always been about supporting local, small, female, and minorities so working with our manufacturer was a no brainer.
Not only was this idea innovative because you can wear the top to swim in and feel shirtless, but it also comes in multiple skin tones making it less noticeable for everyday wear -- allowing you to feel more confident from the gym to the bedroom. No other binder on the market provided this option of something as simple and subtle as matching your skin tone, so we changed that.