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This Brand Is Shredding Ivanka Trump Clothing And Turning It Into Fashion With A Cause

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They’re looking to “Make America Rational Again”

Three years ago, Maura Brewer and Abigail Glaum-Lathbury launched a fashion revolution: Rational Dress Society.

Referred to as an “experiment in counter-fashion,” rather than just a clothing line, RDS challenges the world to end overconsumption by replacing our many pieces of clothing with jumpsuit (yes, it's meant to be referred to as just “jumpsuit,” sans article), the ungendered mono-garment designed to be practical enough for everyday use. “We’re telling people to get rid of their clothes, and to stop shopping forever,” says Brewer.

Jumpsuit is available in two forms: a premade ready-to-wear garment or a downloadable pattern that allows the user to create a custom piece. Available in more than 200 sizes, you’re pretty much guaranteed the perfect fit. “We’ve developed an entirely new sizing system, which doesn’t use the male or female binary,” says Glaum-Lathbury. “Instead, sizing consists of 36 different body types, with height category ranges within. We sort of opted for the exact opposite of what most fashion companies do; most lines make many things in only a few sizes, whereas we make one thing—jumpsuit—in 248 different sizes.”

Rational Dress Society’s goal is to sell as many jumpsuits as they possibly can, stopping completely once they’re able to purchase a full-page ad in American Vogue—a signifier that they’ve made a sizable impact. “The patterns will live online, but the Rational Dress Society will cease to exist because we won’t be needed anymore,” says Glaum-Lathbury.

For their latest project, they’re looking to make things political. Make America Rational Again is a four-step plan to repurpose Ivanka Trump-branded clothing into special-edition jumpsuits. The process is as follows: Solicit as many used Ivanka Trump garments as they can get their hands on, shred them, recycle the fabric into post-consumer yarn, and then weave said yarn into new fabric.

The project has a heavy focus on solidarity: While Donald Trump has been preaching Buy American, Hire American, his daughter’s namesake line is being produced in overseas factories. In fact, according to RDS’s sources, more than 53 metric tons of Ivanka Trump-branded clothing was imported into the U.S. from China just between November 8 and February 27. “Basically, we’re hoping to call out Ivanka on all of the things the whole administration is saying but not doing,” says Glaum-Lathbury. “We’re just going to do all of the things they’re saying they’ll do, like bring back American jobs. We’ll take the garments that are made under the terrible labor conditions overseas and remake them in the United States—symbolic destruction.”

So while, yes, it will feel good knowing that Ivanka Trump's clothing is being shredded and destroyed, the project serves to do actual good. Rather than allowing Ivanka Trump-branded clothing to end up in a landfill, it’s being transformed into a sustainably made garment, which is creating American jobs. Plus, each jumpsuit made (they’re hoping to make 18 in total) will be auctioned off, with all proceeds benefitting advocacy groups dedicated to fair labor practices in the U.S. “Together, we can transform these itchy plastic blouses, dresses, and pencil skirts into the building blocks of a better future,” says the brand in the project video.

As of now, the project is still in Phase 1, collecting as many Ivanka Trump garments as they possibly can. If you find that you’ve stumbled across some used Ivanka Trump clothing and are looking to donate, you can send it to the below address:

The Rational Dress Society
P.O. Box 50724
Los Angeles, CA 90042

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Which one, though?

Kim Kardashian is suing fast fashion retailer Missguided, claiming that the brand uses her image to spark interest in and sell its clothing. This lawsuit comes a few days after a theory, that she may be selling her own vintage clothing designs to fast fashion brands so that they can rip them off, made its rounds on the internet.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kardashian's attorney Michael Kump writes that "Missguided systematically uses the names and images of Kardashian and other celebrities to advertise and spark interest in its website and clothing." Other celebrities that the brand has tagged on its Instagram include Cardi B and Dua Lipa, along with the other members of the Kardashian-Jenner family.

Kump uses the example of the Yeezy dress that Kim posted to Instagram, which was ripped off by the brand within a couple of hours. "Recently, for example, after Kardashian posted a photo on Instagram of a dress that was made for her... Missguided quickly responded with its own Instagram post... boasting that it would be ripping off the design within 'a few days,'" Kump continues. "Missguided purposefully inserted Kardashian's Instagram username (@KimKardashian) into its post to capitalize on her celebrity status and social media following in promoting the sale of its upcoming product."

Kump also draws attention to the fact that the brand uses Kardashian's name so much that it may lead others to believe that she works with the brand, which, he wants to make clear, she does not: "Missguided's U.S. website has included entire pages that are devoted solely to the sale of clothing inspired by Kardashian, and on which Kardashian's name and likeness are prominently used without her permission to promote the products."

Some are noting that it's suspicious that Kardashian is not suing Fashion Nova, as well, since the brand most recently ripped off a vintage Mugler gown that Kardashian wore. Though it may be harder for Kardashian to make any claims since timestamps have revealed that the dress was made before Kardashian premiered the dress.

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He previously claimed to be a victim of a hate crime

According to reports, actor Jussie Smollett has been arrested by the Chicago Police Department. As CNN outlines, he's facing a felony charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report. If found guilty, he could face up to three years in prison.

The Empire star previously claimed that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime on January 29. He alleged that two masked men attacked him, tied a noose around his neck, poured bleach on him, and yelled, "This is MAGA country!" Brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo were eventually arrested and brought in for questioning, during which news broke that one appeared on Empire and the other worked as Smollett's personal trainer. Now, according to both men and reports, it's being said that Smollett paid them to "orchestrate" the attack.

Smollett's attorneys, Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson, have issued a statement regarding their client's defense. "Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked," they told Deadline. "Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense."

If this is all true, this unfortunate turn of events should in no way take away from the fact that there is an abundant number of racially and sexually motivated attacks happening all of the time. They also still remain vastly underreported, so it's essential to listen to alleged victims, always.

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