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    Lingua Franca

    Lingua Franca

     The luxury cashmere sweater that made headlines at the Golden Globes. Designed by feminist fashion brand Lingua Franca in partnership with Poppys Collection. Each sweater is sustainably-sourced and made with fair-trade cashmere.

    Lingua Franca sweaters have been spotted on Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Mandy Moore, and Kristen Bell. Witherspoon commissioned a batch of custom sweaters for organizers of the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund, a movement of 300 Hollywood actresses and 200 volunteer lawyers who are fighting to end sexual harassment.

    Rachelle Hruska MacPherson, the founder of Lingua Franca and the wife of a famous New York City hotelier, employs a team of fifty people to hand-embroider words taken from trending topics in the news. Popular designs include: "Oprah for Pres," "Science Not Fiction," and "Wonder Woman."

    Lingua Franca Reese Witherspoon in Time's Up sweater

    Reese Witherspoon (Photo Courtesy: Lingua Franca/Instagram)

    "It all started with a stitch – literally," explains Lingua Franca owner, Rachelle. "One weekend I was just looking to burn off some anxiety and turned to embroidery (a craft my grandma Rita taught me when I was a young girl in Nebraska). I picked up an old cashmere sweater, a needle and thread and started riffing on hip-hop lyrics (the lingua franca of our times, don’t you think?) and LF was born – a subversive underground movement to counteract the forces of mass production, mindless consumerism, and the patriarchy. Just kidding (kind of)."