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We are so excited to present this sweater – a special collaboration with our new friend, Samirah Raheem @thisishowilook. Because, when women work together for shared causes, we all win! We'll be donating 100% of proceeds for each sweater sold, which will be split 50/50 between @yellowfund in Alabama and @amazinggraceconservatory in LA, a cause close to Samirah’s heart. I hope we sell ZILLIONS! . . As we are sure you know, multiple states such as Kentucky and Georgia have passed bills that ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, around six weeks of pregnancy, while Alabama recently passed the strictest abortion law in the country, banning the procedure with few exceptions. Knowing the horrors that result from the banning of safe abortions, we are outraged and scared for the future of the women of this country. And, we wanted to do something. 💪💪💪
It all started with a stitch – literally. No grand plan, no big idea. One weekend Rachelle Hruska was just looking to burn off some anxiety and turned to embroidery (a craft her grandma Rita taught her when she was a young girl in Nebraska). She picked up an old cashmere sweater, a needle and thread and started riffing on hip hop lyrics and Lingua Franca — a subversive underground movement to counteract the forces of mass production, mindless consumerism, and the patriarchy — was born.
Today, Lingua Franca is a line of sustainably-sourced luxury cashmere sweaters, hand-stitched by women in NYC.
Lingua Franca is committed to fair trade, ethical labor practices, and the highest environmental standards. It is really into using its brand as a platform to inspire change — a portion of LF proceeds support the badass activists and organizations who are working for a better world.