We're thrilled to have trans and two-spirit poet, model, musician and painter Bobby Sanchez modeling classic zero waste pieces from tonlé's fall collection.
As an artist and activist we're honored to have the opportunity to collaborate with Bobby in this way, and to share one of their poems here, with their permission. We invite you to continue learning from them on tiktok or instagram and consider supporting their work through venmo (@bobbysanchezmusic) as they advocate on behalf of Indigenous makers, water protectors and members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
The Emily Dress is a capsule wardrobe classic made from reclaimed jersey, easy to layer and style in a beautifully basic black. Photo: @lookingdownthelensofacamera
Ancient Identity, by Bobby Sanchez
this identity predates colonization
this identity predates 1492
this identity predates the birth of christ
it has and will always exist
this identity is ancient
trans non-binary two-spirit
these are new words of a western language
associated with identities that predate that language
it is an ancient identity
the lgbtq movement didn’t start in the 60s
it started in ancient times I'm talking ancient like
chuqui chinchay kachcaniraqmi qari warmi
jaguar androgynous deity channeling
masculine feminine energy channeling medicine
I am not a third gender- I am the fourth fifth sixth entity
so I will not conform to western identities we are the descendents of indigenous peoples
we are more than just Machu Picchu
our identities cannot be summed up by lgbtq
two-spirit one body let this poem teach you
homophobia transphobia this hate cannot destroy
an identity that is ancient.
Thank you Bobby for this opportunity and for sharing your talent with the world!
A tonlé bestseller, the Mandy jumpsuit is back this fall in a beautiful new plum with the popular canyon print carrying over from summer. Worn here in size small. Photo: @lookingdownthelensofacamera