Rachelle Hruska, Founder. Lingua Franca is a line of sustainably-sourced, fair trade luxury cashmere sweaters, all hand-stitched by women in NYC. Each cashmere piece is hand-embroidered with an iconic phrase, intended to promote discussion around issues of cultural and social relevance. The signature sweaters have garnered a strong following among leaders in the fields of entertainment, art, and politics. The company works with a variety of organizations to support and give back to their causes, all while promoting ethical manufacturing practices.
The New York Times hails: Ashley Longshore is Fashion’s latest art darling. Her glittery, bawdy feminist work makes noise and her business model disrupts the art world. Ms. Longshore’s sparkly rings and Christian Louboutin shoes add some “lady” to her look, a brash hybrid of hip hop star and high gypsy priestess. Linda Fargo says, “I think what's so appealing about Ashley's voice and imagery is that it's outspoken, humorous and glamorous all at the same time. Her palette is loaded with paint, makeup, glitter, body politics and witticisms you wish you had thought of!" Ashley professes on the regular: “I’m brave enough to be who I am in a society where there’s a lot of pressure to be perfect. I can only be me and I encourage YOU to be YOU.”