12 Fashion Brands That Are Pro-Immigration

Fashion has a way of transcending borders. It’s common for designers to draw inspiration from cultural crossroads — think of Kim Shui’s culturally diffused bustier, Beyonce’s red-and-gold ensemble by Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla or Naeem Khan’s gown inspired by Moroccan ceramics.

Since President Donald Trump has taken office, he has pushed an anti-immigration agenda, one that includes mass deportation raids and detainment of migrant children. In response, the fashion community has been vocal against xenophobia and racism. Here are 12 fashion brands unapologetically speaking up for immigrant rights.

1. Kids of Immigrants

kidsofimmigrantsTo our parents, to our roots, thank you for all ya did for us. ❤️

Kids of Immigrants, founded by first-generation Americans Daniel Buezo and Weleh Dennis, are artists who put immigrant justice at the forefront of their work. They repurpose thrifted items into innovative handmade pieces, and have received attention from artists like Kehlani, Big Sean, Lil Uzi Vert and Camila Cabello. KOI and Honduran-American musician Lorely Rodriguez have teamed up to raise money for Border Angels, a San Diego-based nonprofit that works to prevent migrant deaths on the Californian border through water drops and rescue stations, as well as by providing legal consultation and education services.

2. Fenty

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In partnership with LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s largest luxury group, Fenty was created by pop artist and entrepreneur Rihanna. Not only is this the first time a woman of color will lead an LVMH maison, but Rihanna is also emphatic about her creative direction and identity: “Wherever I go, except for Barbados, I’m an immigrant,” she told New York magazine’s The Cut earlier this year. With the goal of a versatile line, she debuted an “Immigrant” shirt on the Fourth of July (sorry, but it’s sold out).

3. No Borders

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No Borders is a concept store in Mumbai, India, and New York City that celebrates diversity in fashion, culture and art. Founder and creative director Kanika Karvinkop curates collections that have a story to tell, especially if that story is inspired by an artist’s roots. The brand envisions “no lines between us and no boundaries when it comes to creative expression,” according to its site.

4. Chnge

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Chnge is tackling injustice through digital marketing, sustainable fabrics and minimal, conscious streetwear. They make graphic tees that boldly proclaim “Immigrant Power” and “No Human Is Illegal On Stolen Land.” At the Turkish factories that Chnge works with, workers make a living wage and are taught about financial management.

5. Greenbox Shop

greenboxshoprepost @humann_fly ・・・ Catch myself reaching for this shirt more often lately. I wrote a long caption about The Evil Org That Must Not Be Named, Central American history, and the immigrant/undoc experience, but to be quite honest. I am tired. Tired of having to educate. Tired that people are just now listening even though we have spoken out about how harmful borders, nationalism, and The Org That Must Not Be Named are and how dehumanizing it can be to be an immigrant, or child of immigrant, in this country. Google is a great source for a history lesson that our curriculum failed to teach (a history of US intervention in CA that led many to leave their home country and rejected at borders and in the US). Also a great source for educating yourself on immigrants’ experiences. But man, I am tired. If you think I want to hear you speak of your opinions on current immigrant affairs, I don’t. I’ve known about them my entire life. Thank you @greenboxshop for reminding me of how strong and resilience our people are ✊

Who recalls Frank Ocean’s legendary “Why be racist, sexist, homophobic, or transphobic when you could just be quiet?” T-shirt? Greenbox, the designer of that shirt, has activism at the core of its mission. The brand is owned by Kayla Robinson, an Afro-Latina entrepreneur who identifies as queer, and its “Fight Ignorance Not Immigrants” T-shirt offers a resolute support of immigration.

6. Hija de tu Madre

hijadetumadreOn Tuesdays we eat tacos while protesting organizations that hurt our community✨ // @jyoguez⁠ ⁠ ⁠ #hijadetumadre #hdtm #makejefamoves #fuckice #tacotuesday #tacos

Founder and designer Patty Delgado celebrates the intricacies of Latinx identity by juxtaposing a “Fuck Ice” T-shirt ― an apparent reference to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ― with a Taco Tuesday post on Instagram. “Our fashion serves as reminders of where we come from and who we are,” Delgado wrote on her website. “Our clothes provide us with a sense of familiarity, home and belonging.”

7. Awake NY

awakenewyorkclothingAwake NY is pleased to announce its collaboration with @chroma.ny on “Protect People Not Borders”, aimed at raising awareness on the rights of migrants at the US-Mexico border. ⁠All proceeds of the sales will be donated to two organizations: @alotrolado_org, a group which provides medical and legal support to immigrants at the US-Mexico border, and Casa Arcoiris, which provides support and shelter to the LGBTQ+ migrant community in Tijuana. The collaboration features two tees, an english and Spanish version, and will be available exclusively online now at www.awakenyclothing.com. Both tees retail for $50USD. Photos by @june_canedo

Applauded for its New York spirit, Awake NY streetwear offers a “Protect People, Not Borders” T-shirt that’s also available in Spanish. All proceeds will go to Al Otro Lado, a group that offers medical and legal support to immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, and to Casa Arcoiris, which provides legal and health services to LGBTQ+ migrants in Tijuana.

8. Prabal Gurung

12 Fashion Brands That Are Pro-Immigration

Born in Singapore and raised in Nepal and India, designer Prabal Gurung, who is now based in New York, knows firsthand about the immigrant journey. His fall/winter 2017 collection featured T-shirts that read “I Am An Immigrant” and “Break Down Walls.” A portion of proceeds from those sales were donated to the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood and Shikshya Foundation Nepal.

9. Ricardo Seco

secoricardoLOVE IMMIGRANT . A migrant is a point of contact , between culture a flow in which identities are not fixes , but in constant transformation , a force that can tear down the invisible walls than separate a man from and other and, above all from himself . TOGETHER WE ARE THE FORCÉ , TOGETHER WE CAN TEAR DOWN OUR (IN)VISIBLE WALLS. #equality #pride #yosoymexico Tú y todos los que trabajamos por el .

Mexican designer Ricardo Seco showcases colorful layers for his fall/winter 2018 collection, Alebrijes-Dreamers. Along with this collection, his “Love Immigrant” T-shirt and “Proud Immigrant” coat urge us to reimagine the American Dream.

10. Opening Ceremony

openingceremonyThis year’s CFDA nominee and longtime friend of Opening Ceremony explains his brand and how he works day to day in NYC as a fashion designer. Born and raised in Mexico City, Victor’s label took off almost as soon as it was born. Watch our latest IGTV feature to learn more about BARRAGÁN

Each year, according to its website, Opening Ceremony “showcases the spirit and merchandise of a visiting country” in its stores ― part of what it calls its “multinational approach to retail.” In 2016, OC also partnered up with Kids In Need of Defense, an organization that aims to protect children who enter the U.S. immigration system alone.

11. Warby Parker

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Warby Parker is a prescription eyewear brand based out of New York. Its co-founder and co-CEO, David Gilboa, immigrated to the United States at age 6. In 2017, when New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sued the Trump administration over the decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Warby Parker filed a declaration in support of the lawsuit.

12. Levi Strauss

levistrausscoWe have been advocating for the rights of the LGBTQ community for nearly three decades. As we celebrate #PrideMonth, we proudly look back at the ways we stood up for equality and nondiscrimination in the past year alone. #linkinbio

Levi Strauss emigrated from Bavaria to San Francisco in 1853. Today, Levi’s jeans are a household name, and the Levi Strauss Foundation has pledged $1 million in grants to groups that protect the civil liberties of immigrants, refugees, transgender people and other marginalized communities.

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