January 8, 2020

"Uptown has money to effect change. There are a lot of conservative people up there and limousine liberals, or ‘gauche caviar,’ as they say in Paris."

"I mean, I think it would be totally crazy to say I’m not [gauche caviar]; it would be completely bananas to look at my life and say I’m not gauche caviar. I will say I never feel like I’ve made it. I come from nowhere and come from nothing. I grew up shopping at T.J. Maxx in Lincoln, Nebraska. But I’ve learned to make fun of myself. The absurdity of this is a $380 sweater and it’s hand-embroidered and that’s what it is."'

Rachelle Hruska MacPherson, founder of Lingua Franca, a company that sells sweaters embroidered with messages, quoted in "The Ladies Who Launch Lingua Franca and the rise of the resistance socialite" (NY Magazine).
Now, along with CALIFORNIA LOVE and EVERYDAY I’M HUSTLIN’, you can get Lingua Franca sweaters embroidered with I DIDN’T VOTE FOR HIM, NASTY WOMAN, or THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TWEETED. Connie Britton wore one of its POVERTY IS SEXIST, $380 retail but gifted to her from Bono’s ONE foundation, to the Golden Globes the year after Me Too, when everyone was wearing black. “I just don’t think a $5,000 gown would have added to the conversation in the same way,” Britton tweeted. Reese Witherspoon bought a bunch that read TIME’S UP up for friends, including Meryl Streep, who wore it on Ellen.

Lingua Franca’s website calls the line “a subversive underground movement to counteract the forces of mass production, mindless consumerism, and the patriarchy. Just kidding (kind of).”....
I'm giving this post my "class politics" tag. I know it's not exactly right, but I really don't care. Do U?

37 comments:

Annie C. said...

Double founder in paragraph 2. You can delete this now.

Narayanan said...

Ellsworth Toohey said "like loosening one's corset"

tim in vermont said...

Whatever it takes to get rich.

Rusty said...

Not one fuck to give.

R C Belaire said...

The BS tag seems appropriate as well.

Wilbur said...

So, if I find a I DIDN'T VOTE FOR HIM t-shirt triggering, do I get to go off on the wearer? You know, like someone wearing a MAGA hat?

tim in vermont said...

She could have called her company “Cult Outfitters"

Darrell said...

Yeah, Meryl "Harvey's a God!!!11!!" Streep

Hagar said...

Roman Hruska's daughter?

Temujin said...

Tedious people.

rehajm said...

Shouldn't the political messages be coherent?

Connie Britton is seen around Boston from time to time. She has good boobs for a sweater...

tim maguire said...

Why is someone raised in Lincoln Nebraska using a term like "gauche caviar"? I'd never even heard of it until just now.

rehajm said...

It seems we've arrived at a place where embracing Socialism is the hight of wealthy debauchery.

Todd said...

A bunch of self important "mostly" well to do, doing their best to signal that they are part of the "right" group. Don't forget "so brave" and cutting edge!

The funniest thing on all of this type of posturing is if the country/world they keep wishing for comes about, they would NOT like it at all. They would then stand around like a herd of deer in the headlights of an on-coming semi wondering what happened.

Darrell said...

I want a $2 "Be Best" jumper.

Fernandistein said...

The slogans on the sweaters look like they're made by kids .... for kids?

Phil 314 said...

Kinda like Carbon credits.

David Begley said...

“I come from nowhere and come from nothing.”

Speak for yourself Hruska.

RMc said...

Rachelle Hruska MacPherson

Any relation to Roman Hruska, US Senator from Nebraska and defender of the mediocre?

whitney said...

She is behind the times. All my clients houses that were decorated 10 years ago are filled with slogans on their walls. You know love learn live and other banal sayings but any house that has been redecorated in the last year or two doesn't have any. They're going out of fashion right along with the big clocks and barn doors. And terms of trickle-down fashion she might have a couple years of good business

David Begley said...

Might be a shirt-tail relative of the Noble Roman. Lots of Bohunks in Nebraska around Lincoln.

Got to say she’s got lots of chutzpah charging $380 for a sweatshirt.

JMW Turner said...

During "The Great Terror" in revolutionary France, some aristocratic women would wear a scarlet ribbon around their necks parodying the effect of the Guillotine.

David Begley said...

The federal courthouse in Omaha is named for Roman Hruska. It is an absolute palace.

bagoh20 said...

Spending money in a way that screams "IDIOT" is not a good look. Maybe it works on other idiots though. Naaa, they secretly resent you too, while they smile in agreement.

madAsHell said...

Now you have to pay for pussy hats!

CJinPA said...

The Question for 2020: When the "counter-culture" is fully embraced by the political, cultural and corporate elite, as it is now, it becomes simply, "the culture." What will the counter-culture look like?

Iman said...

How about “Get Bent!” ?

These narcissistic females lack introspection.

Fritz said...

Uptown's got its hustlers

The Bowrey gots its bums. . .

Known Unknown said...

I will never shame anyone who finds a new way to make money.

Seeing Red said...

POVERTY IS SEXIST,

Stop having kids out of wedlock

Or choose your spouse carefully.

Seeing Red said...

But on the bright side, you can now live in $600K Section 8 housing.

It’ll be surrounded by poop, but it’s worth more than my home.

exiledonmainstreet, green-eyed devil said...

I think these sweaters are a great idea. When you see someone coming toward you wearing a top that says NASTY WOMAN you know exactly who to avoid. Saves you time and misery.

mikee said...

I've found that subversive message sweaters are far too in-your-face to be effective.

I recall Limbaugh's line of neckties being sold as a way to use fashion to dissent from the leftist narrative publicly, with mostly other Rushie dittoheads in the know.

But simple socks are presently where the subversive message is being broadcast - with nonsense joke socks being worn to allow an outrageously quick glimpse of ankle - very Victorian.

I, for one, propose a line of protest underwear, not just unisex but pansexual in design (maybe just a loincloth on a string, really) with messages for everyone such as "Disperse or you will be shot" and "Mau-Mau the Flack Catchers" and "No means No" and "Your being offended means nothing to me." The message would only be seen during intimate times with others, in locker rooms, or by the laundry workers. So really, really subversively subtle.

pacwest said...

Budget tip. Pick up that $380 sweater for $1.99 at Goodwill in a couple of months.

Bunkypotatohead said...

Do they sell one that says "Gauche Caviar"?
I might buy one at a significant discount.

Hercules, not that one though said...

I'm embarrassed to say this on Althouse's LAW blog. You people have forced me. You People. I want to discuss the 1962 Supreme Court ruling re: Religious Expression. But no, we have to talk about frustrated women. Look, I don't have alot of time. Been smoking cigarettes for 50 years now...mmmm cigarettes. cough...cough
So, here it is. Women wearing 'Nasty Woman' sweatshirts want sex. 'Nasty Woman' means, I ain't getting any. It's not a secret. We, men and women, get each other. We know each other.
We... men and women, get each other. We know each other. We fit together.

Professor Althouse...I'm a high School drop-out. I'll never go to law school. Can you tell me how lawyers got to the idea that all religious expression must be censored? If this is not a good time, then I'll see you at the mixer. We're not done with this.

Cassandra said...

I've never understood people who feel the need to announce their beliefs/allegiances on their clothing. Seems downright tribal and not terribly inclusive/tolerant. A way of rubbing everyone else's nose in our differences. Also somewhat coercive, in a passive-aggressive way: subliminal message -- "You know, you really *should* think as I do."

You're announcing in advance which "side" you're on, but the same people are always wondering why everything seems so polarized?

It's all so triggering, though more in the sense of, "Great... now I'm fantasizing about what I'd like to do to your $380 inexpertly embroidered cashmere sweater if I had a loaded weapon handy" than, "I'm SO TRAUMATIZED BY YOUR OPPRESSIVE... WORDS!!!!".