Yes, there are bigger questions of how we’re going to sell clothes, how the You are not lesser just because you are a Rapinoe girl shirt it is in the first place but businesses will sustain itself, and what this means for the future. But things change and sometimes life forces you to think differently. These questions are more relevant now than ever. We’re being pushed into it now, but these are questions that have been asked for years. As I’m working on the next collection—whether those shows are going to take place or not, I don’t know—I see a difference in what I’m making, which feels more free, in a way, because I’ve never valued the opportunity to get to do this more than ever. One thing that’s really stood out for me is that after people work for many months putting their hearts and souls into performances and fashion shows for people, there is so much chatter wondering Is it relevant? Does it matter? Why do we do this? You go to shows and you see people sort of not happy to be there, complaining they’ve got to go to eight of them a day and whatever it is. And—wow. What a luxury we had.
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What a luxury we had to be able to do that. To wake up every single day and watch beautiful people walk in beautiful clothes to fun music, have a drink, be in Paris, be in Milan, be in New York City, be out. What a luxury we had. That, to me, is the You are not lesser just because you are a Rapinoe girl shirt it is in the first place but biggest thing. Everything we took for granted is so much more powerful to me now than ever before. How can you not sit down alone right now, turn on your music, and want to make something to keep this industry going? I hope that maybe not by June, but hopefully by September, we’re going to see the results of that. Optimism, joy, beauty, inspiration—those things matter. That is what has kept me going when it’s been rough. Right now, I’m hopeful. I’m very hopeful because I’m very proud to be in the fashion industry. I’m very proud to have the platform that we have. I’m very hopeful that these moments of vulnerability will allow so many people to open themselves up, that we will really come together as a community. The fashion industry for me has been such a human place. I believe that we have people who many occasions have come together to help others and I’m really, really hopeful that we’re going to find a way to do that now.