But the “Bushwick Birkin” is more than just a designer bag—it’s the creation of Telfar Clemens, who is Black and queer. It’s an open invitation for acceptance, and one that has helped me overcome my struggle to really feel comfortable in my own skin. It has brought me into a community in which the full breadth of Blackness is on display (queer men, women, old, young, celebs and plebs), where those differences don’t matter. It’s almost like acknowledging the luxury tears down these invisible walls we otherwise erect between ourselves and strangers. We size each other up. We compare and contrast and dissect. We smile and, often, embrace. What starts as a conversation about the Telfar turns into tales of concerts and exes and nail salons.