Jill Martinelli and Sabine Le Guyader, the designers behind jewelry line Lady Grey, have made it clear that they’re with Hillary — or, at least, they’re more into the ideas that the Democratic presidential nominee and former secretary of state stands for than those of Donald Trump.
On Tuesday, the artisans shared on Instagram that the Republican candidate’s daughter and frequent cohort on the campaign trail, Ivanka Trump, had purchased a piece from their online shop. The post contained an image of a handwritten note informing Ivanka that the proceeds of her purchase were being donated to the American Immigration Council, Everytown for Gun Safety, and the Clinton campaign. The caption of the post read, “Dear @ivankatrump, #thanksbutnothanks #payitFORWARD.”
In an email to the Cut, Martinelli explained, “While we were flattered to receive an order from Ivanka Trump, our social and political views couldn’t be further from those of the Trump campaign. When we received her order, we instantly felt compelled to take the money and donate it to a few organizations that were more aligned with our ideals.”
In a statement shared with Yahoo Style, the Lady Grey duo noted, “We strongly feel that everyone and anyone can make a difference through actively supporting the causes that they believe in, no matter how big or small. We decided to share this letter to make that statement, and hopefully inspire people to follow suit.”
The American Immigration Council, one of the beneficiaries of the cuff proceeds, has been vocal in its opposition to the former reality television personality’s stance on immigration, including his proposal to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Just last month, the group posted on its blog that Trump’s immigration policies “are not only unsupported by the facts, but they are dangerous as well. If Trump’s immigration policies were ever implemented, they would have devastating impacts on American society, the economy, and our standing in the world.” The group issued a report this April highlighting polls that show that millennial voters are more likely to reject deportation — another critical proposal of Trump’s immigration policy — and instead support a path to citizenship.
Clinton, meanwhile, has promised to introduce a comprehensive immigration reform package, including pathways to full and equal citizenship, within her first 100 days in office.
Currently, the home page for Everytown for Gun Safety encourages supporters to “Shut Down Trump and the NRA’s Dangerous Rhetoric,” adding, “We have had enough of Donald Trump’s violent rhetoric — one that the NRA perpetuates and supports.” Everytown endorsed Secretary Clinton in June of this year.
At that time, Clinton issued a statement in which she said, “As a mother and a grandmother, I know nothing is more important than keeping our children safe. And I am honored to receive the endorsement of Everytown for Gun Safety, including Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. They are fighting every day for commonsense gun safety measures and to end the epidemic of gun violence.” She continued, “The gun lobby may be the most powerful lobby in Washington, but I believe that the American people are more powerful still. We are stronger together. We will not be intimidated. We will not back down. And as long as children anywhere are being killed by gun violence, we will keep fighting — because their lives are precious and they deserve a president who stands up for them.”
In the meantime, however, the designers of Lady Grey have already stood up — and strongly.