“It was a true hobby that I was doing to help me counter my anxiety,” explains Lingua Franca founder Rachelle Hruska MacPherson, noting that the presidential election marked a turning point that drove her into action. “I became motivated to start having our embroiderers stitching resistance phrases, and it became a sort of healing process. We started and we couldn’t stop,” she says.
Stopping doesn’t seem in the cards anytime soon as the Manhattan-based mom counts a newly debuted brick-and-mortar retail space on Bleecker Street, a capsule collection with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, an exclusive line of jewelry with Of Rare Origin, coveted PJs with La Ligne and a partnership with Diane von Furstenberg herself to stitch some of her favorite sayings in sweaters as just a sprinkling of the projects she has in the works. And in 2019, she will debut an entirely new line.
“I think that it’s hard not to feel helpless in this politically charged time,” she says. “Though it’s a small thing, having a handstitched saying on your chest is not only a conversation starter but really creates this empowering feeling as you go about your day. There is a power in the people, and displaying these messages across your chest for the world to see is an important reminder to all of us to stay engaged.” 382 Bleecker St., linguafranca.nyc