We can’t help but dance to the below Tim & Eric-inspired video by Yarness. Watch a diverse group of bears, cubs and otters dance and twerk to the beats in one-of-a-kind gear created by a former fiber artist based in San Francisco.
So what exactly is a “Yarness”? Designer Ryan Crowder has created a collection of vibrant, sexy clothes and accessories based on traditional fetish wear — but made out of yarn rather than leather. Crowder says, “A big part of Yarness is also online performance,” and he lives it — he’s a dancer and performer himself. The video is so joyful, and the dancers’ fun is infectious.
The original idea for the Yarness came around 2010 when Crowder needed something fantastic to wear for the Folsom Street Fair. He decided to crochet a bright pink “Yarness” and wore it the next day at the fair. Empowered by his new creation and the great responses from fairgoers, Crowder started designing them for different San Francisco street fairs. In 2014, he launched a crowdfunding campaign and began to sell clothes and accessories to people around the world.
This brand is about fun, but it’s also unapologetically queer. Yarness is about feeling good by expressing self-love and celebrating individuality. That’s an important message to Crowder, and his campaigns always feature people of color and people of different sizes, ages and genders. With so many different garments, it’s hard to choose our favorite — so here are a few we particularly love.
Check out some of our favorite Yarness products:
Forget about the Romphim, because this sexy mesh onesie is way hotter (and breezier).
This mesh singlet is perfect for a night of good ol’ fashioned wrestling fun. Woof.
You can wear your Yarness with anything!
Sun’s out, guns out (and yarns out).
And of course, you can customize your Yarness with personalized designs or styles.
For more information about Yarness — including how to get your own — head here.