“FASHION OUR FUTURE 2020” GALVANIZES FASHION INDUSTRY TO REGISTER NEW VOTERS
Designers Create Capsule Collection of Voter-Inspired Merchandise, Host Exclusive Virtual Events and Employ Platforms to Drive Voter Registration and Turnout at the General Election
NEW YORK (September 3, 2020) – Launching today, Fashion Our Future 2020 will leverage the power of fashion to engage underrepresented communities in the political process. Initiated by Abrima Erwiah, co-founder of fashion label Studio 189, the campaign brings together fashion designers and the broader fashion industry to support voter registration and education, teaming up with Voto Latino to empower one million disenfranchised voters to make their voices heard at the General Election on November 3.
A designer-led initiative, Fashion Our Future 2020 will inspire new and first-time registrants to engage in the democratic process by offering access to exclusive merchandise drops, virtual programming and digital content. Campaign participants will use their collective platforms to help amplify voices, address issues of importance to their communities, and encourage voter education and participation.
“I love our country’s motto, ‘E pluribus unum’, out of many, one. That’s what I see when I look at the number of eligible voters in this country – I see the possibility of us all getting involved, and I imagine what we could do if we joined forces and worked together,” stated Erwiah. “Fashion can do more than sell clothes. It creates cultural moments that inspire movements, so let’s make celebrating our right to vote the biggest movement of 2020. We are standing on the shoulders of all the people who marched, fought, sacrificed and died for us to have this right to vote. I think about the power of all these collective voices and what we can do if we all come together and participate. Together, we can make a difference. We can make history.”
Virgil Abloh, the celebrated Off White and Louis Vuitton designer, has signed on as creative director of Fashion Our Future 2020. With a crew of likeminded designers and brands, Abloh will release custom merchandise timed to NYFW: The Shows, the central hub of live and virtual activity in New York during Fashion Week, taking place September 13-17, 2020. Through voter registration prompts at point of sale, the campaign will inspire customers to seize their democratic right while shopping limited-edition apparel and accessories from the culture-setting labels they love.
“Fashion has incredible power to inspire and incite meaningful change, and with buy-in from my fellow designers and the broader fashion community, we know we can turn the tide of American politics and ensure fair and equal representation at the poles,” stated Abloh.
Participating brands and designers include: 12.29, 3.1 Phillip Lim, A.L.C., Alejandra Alonso Rojas, Asyha Co, Batsheva, Brandon Maxwell, Fe Noel, Gigi Burris Millinery, Good American, HVN, Jonathan Cohen, Khiry Official, La Ligne, Lem Lem, Mara Hoffman, Post Imperial, Prabal Gurung, Proenza Schouler, Rachel Comey, Sergio Hudson, Studio 189, Sukeina, Tanya Taylor, Third Crown, Victor Glemaud, Virgil Abloh, and Zero + Maria Cornejo.
“As designers we express ourselves via clothing and now we are using our collective platforms to effect change and bring awareness that the upcoming election will have long-lasting generational repercussions. I feel that our combined unity, creativity and political awareness might help change our current American political landscape,” commented Fashion Our Future 2020 participating designer, advisor, and founder of fashion industry advancement organization IN THE BLK, Victor Glemaud.
Through Studio 189 co-founder, Rosario Dawson, the campaign has harnessed the expertise of voter registration nonprofit, Voto Latino, which Dawson cofounded in 2004 with Maria Teresa Kumar. In partnership with Voto Latino, Fashion Our Future 2020 aims to register one million voters by National Voter Registration Day on September 22, then drive those one million strong to the polls.
“I am a firm believer that fashion can act as an agent of change. As we approach the most critical election of our lifetimes – when the core principles of Democracy are at stake – Gen Z, Millennials, people of color, latinx, immigrants, and women will make up the vast majority of eligible voters in 2020. Their voices matter more than ever, and the weight of their collective impact starts with a single action: registering to vote,” stated Dawson.
Please visit fashionourfuture2020.com for full campaign details and voter registration information, and follow the journey on Instagram via @fashionourfuture2020, #FashionOurFuture2020 and #ModelVoter.
About Fashion Our Future 2020 Initiated by Abrima Erwiah, co-founder of fashion label Studio 189, Fashion Our Future 2020 is a voter registration campaign that aims to leverage the power of fashion to engage underrepresented communities in the political process. The movement has been developed in collaboration with Rosario Dawson and Maria Teresa Kumar, co-founders of the nonprofit voter registration organization Voto Latino; Virgil Abloh; Victor Glemaud and IN THE BLK; IMG and Endeavor Impact; Tanya Taylor; The RealReal, Refinery29 and Roswell Studios. In partnership with Voto Latino, Fashion Our Future aims to register one million voters by National Voter Registration Day on September 22, then drive those one million strong to cast their votes on or before the General Election on November 3.
Fashion Our Future 2020 Advisors include: Annie Jean-Baptiste, Emma Grede, Hassan Pierre, Julie Gilhart, Julien Cahn, Maria Teresa Kumar, Meredith Koop, Opal Tometi, Rosario Dawson, Samira Nasr, Tanya Taylor and Victor Glemaud.
Fashion Our Future 2020 partners include: Action Button, CFDA, Endeavor Impact, IMG, IN THE BLK, Kirna Zabete, Lyft, Maison de Mode, Refinery29, Roswell Studios, Swing Left, The RealReal, Tomorrow Crew and Voto Latino.
About Voto Latino Voto Latino is a grassroots political organization focused on educating and empowering a new generation of Latinx voters, as well as creating a more robust and inclusive democracy. Through innovative digital campaigns, culturally relevant programs and authentic voices, we shepherd the Latinx community towards full realization of its political power. In our 15-year history, we’ve been at the forefront of political, cultural, digital trends for organizing and activating Latinxs. Visit votolatino.org for more information.