Fashion designer says she won't dress the Trumps

French designer Sophie Theallet tweeted an open letter to the fashion world saying she would not be involved in designing clothing for the Trumps.

Funny, but no one has said she's even on the short list of designers Melania Trump might employ.

CBS News:

“As an independent fashion brand, we consider our voice an expression of our artistic and philosophical ideas. The Sophie Theallet brand stands against all discrimination and prejudice,” the letter says.

Theallet, an immigrant, admits she is “well aware it is not wise to get involved in politics,” but that the bottom line of her business is “not just about money” and she must stand by her values. Those values, she writes, do not align with “the rhetoric of racism, sexism, and xenophobia unleashed by [Donald Trump’s] presidential campaign.” 

“I will not participate in dressing or associating in any way with the next first lady,” Theallet says. “I encourage my fellow designers to do the same.”

Designing for the first lady is a high honor in the fashion world, making Theallet’s appeal to her colleagues even more daring. But she is not the first designer to take a stand against the Trumps.

Kaelen Haworth, known for her creations for Blake Lively and Elizabeth Banks, announced after the election that proceeds from items sold on her website would be donated to organizations opposed by Trump. The list includes Planned ParenthoodBlack Lives Matter, and Everytown for Gun Safety.

But not everyone is jumping off of the Trump Train, and those who have might buy another ticket soon, says fashion legend Carolina Herrera.

“I think that in two or three months they’ll reach out, because it’s fashion. You’ll see everyone dressing Melania. She’s representing the United States,” Herrera told Business of Fashion.

A fashion designer who swears she won't work for the Trumps despite the fact no one has asked her to is like me saying I will never play for the New York Yankees.  I'm still waiting for a call from the front office offering me a contract that I can throw back in their faces.

If Theallet's company were public and I were a shareholder, I'd sue the witch for gross mismanagement.  Deliberately undermining a company's bottom line by taking an action that damages the brand with half the country is actionable. 

But in New York, the haute couture crowd is cheering her on.

French designer Sophie Theallet tweeted an open letter to the fashion world saying she would not be involved in designing clothing for the Trumps.

Funny, but no one has said she's even on the short list of designers Melania Trump might employ.

CBS News:

“As an independent fashion brand, we consider our voice an expression of our artistic and philosophical ideas. The Sophie Theallet brand stands against all discrimination and prejudice,” the letter says.

Theallet, an immigrant, admits she is “well aware it is not wise to get involved in politics,” but that the bottom line of her business is “not just about money” and she must stand by her values. Those values, she writes, do not align with “the rhetoric of racism, sexism, and xenophobia unleashed by [Donald Trump’s] presidential campaign.” 

“I will not participate in dressing or associating in any way with the next first lady,” Theallet says. “I encourage my fellow designers to do the same.”

Designing for the first lady is a high honor in the fashion world, making Theallet’s appeal to her colleagues even more daring. But she is not the first designer to take a stand against the Trumps.

Kaelen Haworth, known for her creations for Blake Lively and Elizabeth Banks, announced after the election that proceeds from items sold on her website would be donated to organizations opposed by Trump. The list includes Planned ParenthoodBlack Lives Matter, and Everytown for Gun Safety.

But not everyone is jumping off of the Trump Train, and those who have might buy another ticket soon, says fashion legend Carolina Herrera.

“I think that in two or three months they’ll reach out, because it’s fashion. You’ll see everyone dressing Melania. She’s representing the United States,” Herrera told Business of Fashion.

A fashion designer who swears she won't work for the Trumps despite the fact no one has asked her to is like me saying I will never play for the New York Yankees.  I'm still waiting for a call from the front office offering me a contract that I can throw back in their faces.

If Theallet's company were public and I were a shareholder, I'd sue the witch for gross mismanagement.  Deliberately undermining a company's bottom line by taking an action that damages the brand with half the country is actionable. 

But in New York, the haute couture crowd is cheering her on.

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