Pockets in clothing has been a topic discussed since the suffragette movement and has most recently come back to being a trending topic.
An article in The Guardian published in August of 2018 highlights how the functionality of women’s pockets is a patriarchal issue.
Chelsea G Summers writes, “My boyfriend jeans have pockets that would make a man laugh … ‘Men have pockets to keep things in, women for decoration,’ Christian Dior pronounced in 1954, and writers have long noted that fashion’s refusal to give women’s clothing pockets is tantamount to putting female form over human function.”
She adds contrarians will say women can use purses to carry items, but to have a bag, one must buy a bag.
“And because of this, handbags function as a kind of ‘pink tax,’ the price added to everyday objects and services that are sold specifically to a female audience,” she writes.
“When a woman tries on something from my collection, it is like an instinct reaction to look for pockets. It's a security reflex,” Karyn Aslteford, designer and creator of Siggi Clothier Co., says.
Along with having pockets in most of the clothing, Siggi is environmentally sustainable, has children’s clothing (with pockets), is local and has pieces that can be worn as unisex.
“My intention was to let the clothing speak for itself – the simple silhouettes and natural fibres serve as invitation to touch the garment,” she says. “The little details reveal themselves upon a closer look: the contrast bias finishes on the necklines, pops of colour and, of course, the pockets.”
Made by Josephine, another local clothing line designed and created by Stephanie Smith, follows a simple pattern structure with clean lines and added pockets for both a fashion statement and practicality.
She says her designs are inspired by vintage pieces, but adding pockets is her little touch to the design. She also carries unisex pieces, like an overcoat, in her clothing line.
Published in Volume 73, Number 3 of The Uniter (September 20, 2018)