Wear it loud, wear it proud all summer long…
By Christopher Turner
If you want to make a statement this summer, why not wear it? Inspired by LGBTQ communities around the world, these Pride-inspired pieces also serve as reminders that the fight for tolerance, diversity and equality is ongoing.
Here’s a roundup of some of our favourite rainbow designs you can pick up this summer.
Michael Kors #MKGO Rainbow Collection
The first-ever collection in support of the LGBTQ community from Michael Kors features classic silhouettes, casual-cool separates and signature logo accessories. Rainbow stripes and multi-coloured sequins splash across hoodies, swimsuits, T-shirt dress and white jeans, while accessories include sporty slides, a crystal-clear PVC tote bag, a lightweight rainbow trim track jacket, and a jet-set-ready backpack. Our favourite? The rainbow-hued MK logo tees for both men and women!
Hunter Pride PLAY Boot
Hunter, the UK-based rain boot label, is celebrating Pride with the launch of a rainbow-edition version of its best-selling PLAY boot. It is 100 per cent waterproof, handcrafted from natural rubber and is designed with a dynamic flat platform sole for maximum comfort and versatility. The limited-edition Hunter Pride PLAY boot comes in both a flatform and heeled version in a black colourway with a fun, very visible, rainbow sole to show your pride on those rainy days. The boots also feature a rainbow pull-tab and rainbow Hunter logo at the back of the boot. Available at the Hunter store at Yorkdale Shopping Centre, the brand’s first store in North America.
Nike BeTrue collection
Nike’s 2019 BeTrue collection for men and women was created in partnership with the Gilbert Baker Estate, paying homage to the political activist who created the original Pride Flag. The collection includes a variety of tees, tanks, jackets, socks and a unisex shoulder bag, as well as five pairs of sneakers: the Air Max 720, Air Tailwind 79, Zoom Pegasus Turbo, Benassi JDI and Air Max 90. Every piece in the collection features the eight original colours of the original flag, Baker’s signature and his signature glitter shimmer. Bonus: Nike is donating a portion of all BeTrue sales to organizations empowering the LGBT sports community.
Converse Pride collection
Converse is back with another must-have Pride collection that includes sneakers, accessories and apparel. This summer, there are six footwear styles along with accessories and pieces of apparel. Both the iconic Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker and Chuck 70 silhouette get a bright makeover with Pride-inspired versions of the classic HI and OX silhouettes. But the brand’s first-ever sneakers to be inspired by the trans flag (light blue, pink and white) steal the spotlight! In celebration of the brand’s annual Pride collection (which started in 2014), proceeds will support LGBTQ charities including the It Gets Better Project.
Fjällräven Kånken Rainbow
The Kånken has been around since 1978, but this summer Fjällräven has released a special-edition version of the iconic backpack, with rainbow-coloured shoulder straps and handles at the top to help you get your pride on. A portion of each sale of the Kånken Rainbow goes towards the Arctic Fox Initiative, which supportsnon-profit organizations that are working to protect the environment and encourages people to spend more time in nature. Is there a better way to celebrate Pride Month and support the environment?
Levi’s Pride collection
Levi’s sixth annual Pride collection celebrates the LGBTQ community with a wide variety of gear with rainbow details. The collection includes a variety of white and black graphic tees, a denim trucker vest, a pair of 501 original cut-off denim shorts, a white tapered denim short, and a variety of accessories including caps, a bandana, woven belts and a tote. The standout piece is a white denim jacket with rainbow collar. This year, 100 per cent of net proceeds from the collection will be going to OutRight Action International.