HauteButch: Masculine Fashion For Whoever Wants It

by Samantha Albala

A fashion initiative  for anyone who is jealous of how on point Shane McCutcheon on The L Word (played by Katherine Moennig) always looks. HauteButch gives new meaning to fashion inclusivity with menswear that fits anyone who desires to wear it — butch, androgynous, and straight women, as well as transmen, all have a one-stop place to shop.

Thanks to Karen Roberts, a California-based US Navy Veteran, this fashion line encompasses the style of men’s clothing and a fit that is somewhere in between men’s and women’s fashion. It isn’t feminized with frills and lace, and it isn’t too baggy or long. It fits. Through a new kickstarter, you can keep this clothing company strong and support the manufacturing costs of the 2015 line.

Roberts founded the firm in 2012, with her wife of ten years Michelle. They make high quality, high-end men’s wear that actually fits the female figure as to make all non-cisgendered male menswear-ers feel good, comfortable, and confident in their clothes. The kickstarter will allow backers an inside look on the development of the new line, including the new Gotham Jacket and button up shirts.


HauteButch aims to be more than an LGBTQ line. It aims to be mainstream, and to be noticed as a revolution in fashion. Women and transmen need to take power back in the clothes they want to wear. It is great to see that something like this exists, especially with a self-identified butch designer at the forefront.

Check out the website and kickstarter to find your favorite items, and make the Shane in your life swoon over your new style.  

Photos via Kickstarter and Facebook 

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