Raf Swiader moved to New York at sixteen years old to pursue a career in fashion. After graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology, he landed his first job on Seventh Avenue designing womenswear. He then spent eight years in Los Angeles working for a menswear brand. He threw the binary aside to launch R.Swiader, a gender-optional line inspired by the art, people, and culture he loves. It wasn’t long before the energy of his adopted hometown called him back. In 2016, he opened his first boutique in downtown Manhattan, which has become a clubhouse-like space for his community to come together and share their vision for a future free of rules or judgement.