Designer James Flemons Creates Genderless, Sustainable Fashion

Black, Queer Celebrity Designer Breaking Barriers


James Flemons, designer and founder of Phlemuns, creates non-binary, sustainable designs accessible to everyone. Flemons founded the company in 2013 as a Black-owned fashion label out of Los Angeles.

The unisex brand “adopts an inclusive ‘slow-fashion’ approach” to combine nostalgic and modern aesthetics. Lil Nas X, Rico Nasty, Billie Eilish, and Solange are amongst some of the names the L.A. designer has worked with. 


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As a Black, queer designer, Flemons has faced some disadvantages in a predominantly white, cisgender dominant industry. The Phlemuns creator, who obtained a degree in product development from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, is known for his signature cloud print on designs and celebrity styling.


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Flemons styled Lil Nas’ infamous Time cover in 2019 and the monochromatic looks in Solange’s “Don’t Touch My Hair” video. He told Refinery29 “I have acknowledged and accepted that I am not just a designer. I am a clothing brand, a creative entity, an experience, a voice for the unheard, a conversation, a world all of my own that has pushed outside of the limits of this box I was placed in and have now entered the endless limits of infinity.”

We’re excited to see what James drops next!

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