By 2004, Rachel Comey, a New York designer with a background in fine arts, had launched her first menswear collection. Over the next ten years, she expanded her label to include womenswear, accessories, and shoes. By 2014, word-of-mouth helped transform Comey into one of New York’s most prominent designers. With a cult following, Comey opened up her first shop on Crosby Street. Artful custom textiles, graceful modern silhouettes, and clothing that captures both a romantic and radical aesthetic define the brand.
Comey’s success is owed largely to a grassroots following, a notion that has helped mobilize political action throughout the course of American history. With that in mind, Comey is launching a new initiative in partnership with Downtown for Democracy (D4D) , a political action committee founded in 2003 by artists, designers, writers, filmmakers, and other creative people. Their mission is to support dignity, truth, fairness, and freedom, as well as political candidates who endeavor to fight for these objectives.
The Comey x D4D collaboration called “Vintage For Voters” kicks off tomorrow, Thursday, August 10 at the Crosby Street flagship. Shoppers will have the chance to browse through a vintage collection of Pucci, DNKY, and Louis Feraud donated by Christene Barberich, Stacy London, and Arden Wohl.
As more and more designers use their collections, their contacts, and their cult followings to spread political messages of resistance — like this Proenza Schouler video campaign that dropped last week — the S/S18 shows are predicted to be a call to action from the catwalk. Who said fashion was frivolous? It so seems the fashion industry is very much invested in changing the current political and cultural climate.