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MZ Wallace x Lingua Franca

Medium Metro Tote, $235, mzwallace.com

‘November is coming:’ How fashion designers are encouraging people to vote in the upcoming midterm elections

The intersection of fashion and politics continues to strengthen amid the protests against Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Designers are getting in on the action by designing tees, bags, sweaters, and other political merch to galvanize voters to go to the polls in the upcoming November midterm elections.

On Friday, the Senate voted 51 to 49 to advance Kavanaugh‘s Supreme Court nomination forward to a final vote. This vote comes just one day after hundreds gathered to protest Kavanaugh outside a federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., which included comedian Amy Schumer and model Emily Ratajkowski, who were both arrested at the scene.

On Thursday night in New York,  designer Rachelle Hruska, of Lingua Franca, who is best known for her hand-stitched, politically charged cashmere sweaters, celebrated a special partnership with fashion company MZ Wallace. The two fashion labels joined to unveil a new quilted tote bag stitched with the words, “give a damn.” And 100 percent of the bag’s proceeds will benefit She Should Run, a nonpartisan organization that provides support and resources for aspiring female political candidates. The launch event included attendees such as Women’s March organizer Sarah Sophie Flicker who recently debuted her own “Stop Kavanaugh” tattoo at the Emmys as well as former Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, who wore a “November is coming” custom sweater by Lingua Franca. 

In September during New York Fashion Week, designer Jeremy Scott walked out for his finale bow wearing a white T-shirt that read, “Tell Your Senator No on Kavanaugh 202-902-7129.” Scott is just one example of many past designers who have used their fashion platform for a political cause. Past fashion week seasons saw the the rise of political statement T-shirts  as well as the public endorsement of Planned Parenthood by the Council of Fashion Designers of America

Now, in the midst of what will likely be a confirmation of Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, fashion designers are encouraging people to head to the polls to vote in the November midterm elections, which will include a record number of female candidates on the ballot. 

Ahead, see all of the political fashion merch you can buy today and show your support for the Nov. 6 Election Day.

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