Beyond Dresses and Tuxes
Fourteen is a clothing line of classic suit separates specially tailored for the lesbian, queer, and trans community. We provide high quality formalwear for those whose identities lie outside the traditional realm of women’s and men’s clothing. Our small team of fashion designers and wedding planners develop our pieces in-house with the finest quality fabrics. The result is exquisite, ready-to-wear apparel and accessories for weddings or any formal occasion.
All our garments were tested on models with a wide range of gender identities to ensure the best fit for our customers. Jackets and shirts have smaller armholes, shorter arm lengths, and shorter torso measurements. Necklines and shirt cuffs are modified, and chest room added where needed; all without sacrificing design and style. As our company grows, we will move into production of undergarments, swimwear, shirts with built-in binders, and maternity wear. All of our clothes are proudly hand-made in Miami, with production moving to a factory in New York over the next few months.
The number Fourteen has a powerful legacy in marriage’s civil rights history. The U.S. Constitution’s 14th amendment worked toward dismantling institutionalized segregation and ending the ban on interracial marriage. The historic Massachusetts court case that first led same-sex marriage to be legalized in the U.S. had 14 plaintiffs. At Fourteen, we hope to continue that legacy by providing formal attire to a community that, until recently, might not have even considered marriage an option.
Fourteen is the fashion branch of our wedding planning company, 14 Stories.
It started with a tweet.
After founding the wedding planning company 14 Stories in 2004, Bernadette Coveney Smith saw client after client face the same fashion dilemma: the difficulty or impossibility of finding stylish, well-tailored clothing for those with nonconforming gender expressions. Department stores and traditional boutiques offered limited color options, and designs more appropriate for the office than the altar. Custom suits and tuxes were very expensive, and shopping in the men’s department often meant awkward conversations, ill-fitted suits, and the ever-looming possibility of discrimination.
In the summer of 2010, a single tweet led to a whole new line of work. Mutual friends introduced Bernadette to fashion designer Marialexandra over Twitter. Later that year, after many discussions about the shortcomings of the traditional wedding industry, the LGBTQ wedding expert and clothing designer extraordinaire joined forces to give the queer community a line of beautifully crafted formal wear.
In order to best meet the needs of the queer community, Marialexandra interviewed Bernadette’s former clients. She took notes of their wants and needs and took special care to understand the specific struggles, disappointments, and successes they encountered as they selected clothing for their ceremony. Marialexandra worked with members of Drag It Out! in Ft. Lauderdale to ensure she designed clothing that fit a broad spectrum of body types.
The result of Marialexandra and Bernadette’s efforts is a line of one-of-a-kind suits, tuxes, shirts, vests, and accessories.