Nordstrom Drops Ivanka Trump's Fashion Line as Recent Immigrant Raf Simons Makes Powerful Anti-Trump Statement in First New York Show
The boycott of Trump products is having a real effect, as demonstrated by Nordstrom's dropping of Ivanka Trump's brand, announced Thursday.
Big news everyone. You did this. I am in awe. https://t.co/q9vwmyfpbn— Shannon Coulter (@Shannon Coulter)1486076972.0
Shannon Coulter is the co-founder of "Grab Your Wallet", a campaign launched in response to comments made by Donald Trump on the now infamous Hollywood access tape. For Coulter, it was the final straw, as she drew up a list of companies carrying Trump family products, including Ivanka's.
"We have to wait until they don't carry these products anymore," Coulter said of Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Dillard's and Macy's, among others.
In October, the first daughter shrugged off the attempt by thousands to derail her brand.
"The beauty of America is people can do what they like," she said. "But I'd prefer to talk to the millions — the tens of millions — of American women who are inspired by the brand and the message that I've created," she told George Stephanopoulos in an interview on Good Morning America.
"My advocacy of women, trying to empower them in every aspect of their lives, started long before the presidential campaign did. I've never politicized that message. People who are seeking to politicize it because they disagree with the politics of my father — there's nothing I can do to change that," she added.
She was right. On Thursday, Nordstrom announced that it was effectively dumping Ivanka Trump's line, a decision which they insisted was apolitical.
“We hope that offering a vendor’s products isn’t misunderstood as us taking a political position,” the company said, but noted, “We’ve said all along we make buying decisions based on performance. In this case, based on the brand’s performance, we’ve decided not to buy it for this season."
Coincidentally, Belgian-American fashion designer Raf Simons premiered his first New York show, "A love letter to New York" the previous day. The recent immigrant aims to make “American Fashion Great Again" and decided on the show's theme as Donald Trump was elected President.
“I wanted to approach it from the combination of a mind-set of someone who comes to New York in the beginning, a kid let’s say," he explained. "When you are a young kid you end up in the places that are very touristy, that confront you with all these things, the Statue of Liberty, the 'I Love' [New York logo].. I wanted to go back to how I experienced New York in the beginning and combine it with how I experience it now. So this fresh young direction to the city and everything it stands for—and what is happening now."
As a sign of the times. Simons' DIY style mimics that of activists participating in anti-Trump rallies nationwide.
“I can only see this city as a city that has incredible history, incredible inspiration, and incredible people," he told Vogue. "Ask me, do I think that you should stand up against what is happening in this country, then I say yes."
#RafSimons marks his move to the #BigApple with this #NY sweater #NYFWM https://t.co/zIqLz7etek— Wallpaper* (@Wallpaper*)1485999439.0