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MEET | RACHELLE HRUSKA MACPHERSON
Featured 2.25-3.3.19 | Do you Miss Barack? Do you want to scream it from the rooftops? Well, Rachelle Hruska MacPherson did one better: She stitched the sentiment on a cashmere sweater and started a movement. Here’s how the story goes. After struggling openly with debilitating postpartum depression and anxiety after the birth of her sons, MacPherson, on the advice of a friend, was looking for a way to alleviate some of that anxiety by using her hands. So use her hands she did, utilizing the embroidery skills she had learned from her Grandma Rita back in Nebraska as a kid. She simply picked up an old cashmere sweater and starting sewing. The first one said “Booyah”and it became not only a symbol for MacPherson’s fierce inner strength, but it turned her into a voice for not just one, but many, generations. Today, her conscious brand, Lingua Franca, stitches a slew of meaningful messages across their sustainably-sourced cashmere pieces including the infamous “I Miss Barack” design which MacPherson specially created for the first Women's March rallies in 2017 (all proceeds from that sweater were donated to a charity of each customer's choosing, BTW). She’s gone on to add more political and aspirational affirmations (Power to the People; We Are All Immigrants; Give A Damn) to what was originally conceived as hip-hop lyric leaning line (Original Gangsta; That Thing; Old School), but no matter the phrase, the sensibility is the same: This is a woman who is teaching the world how to wear their hearts on their literal sleeves. Welcome to Rachelle's week.