Travis Barker’s Son Landon Barker on Genderless Fashion, Gen Z, and His New boohooMan Collection

If you’ve been online at all in the past 10 weeks, you’ll know that #Kravis – also known as Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker – were married in a Dolce and Gabbana-clad ceremony. If you’re chronically online, you’ll know the details of the guest list, which included the newly wedded pair’s collective six children. What you may not yet know is that while the couple has made headlines for their intricate wedding plans and matching couple’s outfits, Barker’s son, Landon Barker, has been forging a name of his own in music and fashion.

On June 15, Barker launched a clothing collection — the young musician’s first professional foray into design — with UK-based digital direct-to-consumer retailer, boohooMAN. Having ensured that he would be granted creative direction before committing to the project, Barker co-designed each of the 40 pieces. He explained, “I wanted it to feel like me.”

Noticeably camera shy when we met on Zoom, Barker’s hesitation served as a reminder that, despite early exposure to fame and the expectation of unflinching maturity that brings, he’s only 18 years-old: “I just graduated!”

As a member of Gen Z, Barker is explicit about feeling a sense of permission to dress and design beyond gendered limitations. “There aren’t any boundaries,” he professes. “Clothing is for everybody.”

The collection clearly harkens to Barker’s roots, as is reflected in silver chain and barbed wire details, as well as distressed knits, vegan leathers, and pinstripe slacks. A few pieces also feature pearl details, which add softness to the otherwise punk aesthetic that Barker’s father has long been known for and has passed onto his son.

Despite working under a men’s label, Barker notes that he sees his new collection as unisex. Referencing his peers, he told Teen Vogue: “There are still [young] people who think ‘this is for boys and this is for girls,’ you know? But I love to see that it’s getting more common for people to just not give a f*ck. However you want to express yourself, you should. I paint my nails. I wear glittery shirts. When I get dressed every day, I don’t have guidelines.”

Courtesy of Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for boohooMAN.

Erica Marrison

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