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Meet the White Castle Employees Modeling Their New Unisex Uniforms by the Fashion Designer Telfar

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Courtesy of Jayson Keeling

Three years ago, the designer Telfar Clemens held the New York Fashion Week afterparty for his unisex label Telfar at the White Castle in Times Square—and promptly blew up all previous notions of the fashion industry’s “high-low” fetishizing. And it wasn’t ironic: White Castle has a special place in the designer’s heart. Clemens lived a block away from one for much of his life, and recalls ending his nights there after he first started going to gay bars. Apparently, it’s a mutual appreciation. White Castle’s vice president is a face at Telfar’s shows, and is now rolling out unisex Telfar uniforms at all 400 White Castle locations across the country. Before they hit stores, Clemens tapped the artist Jayson Keeling, who’s photographed subjects like Lauryn Hill and Aaliyah, to document the actual “human beings” behind White Castle, which Keeling did over the course of a full month, taking care to actually get to know his subjects. “We went into their homes, their bedrooms—we met their families,” he recalled. Get them know them too, here.

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Leslie, 20, Castle N°3: Bronx, New York. Uniform by Telfar for White Castle.

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Michael, 18, Castle N°32: Nanuet, New York. Uniform by Telfar for White Castle.

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Etta, at home in the Bronx, New York.

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Cisco and Chris, (Twins) 18, Castle N°16: Queens, New York. Uniforms by Telfar for White Castle.

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Jasiah, 19, Castle N°47: Bronx, New York. Uniform by Telfar for White Castle.

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Chris, 18, Castle N°16: Queens, New York. Uniform by Telfar for White Castle.

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Michael at home, Nanuet, New York. Uniform by Telfar for White Castle.

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Tatyana, 19, Castle N°16: Queens, New York. Uniform by Telfar for White Castle.

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Julian and Sariah, at home: Bronx, New York.

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Julian and Sariah, at home: Bronx, New York. Uniform by Telfar for White Castle.

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Leslie, 20, at Crotona Park in the Bronx, New York. Uniform by Telfar for White Castle.

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Orchid, 19, Castle N°16: Queens, New York. Uniform by Telfar for White Castle.

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Tatyana, 19, Castle N°16: Queens, New York. Uniform by Telfar for White Castle.