INPUT - Black queer designers created the blueprint for streetwear as we know it
Growing up, James Flemons always mixed and matched his style. The Los Angeles native had five older sisters, and would often wear hand-me-downs and shop in the women’s section at Macy’s.
After winning best dressed in high school, he recalls a classmate expressing confusion at his eclectic way of dressing. “He said directly to my face, ‘You can’t dress like a skater one day, and then a preppy person the next day, and then like [a] ‘thug’,” Flemons remembers.