It's common for fashion designers to get behind a good cause and create a garment in support of the campaign. Marc Jacobs has done it. So has Ralph Lauren. The latest to do this is Alexander Wang, who just designed a $125 cashmere beanie as part of a campaign against the anti-gay laws in Russia, where this year's Winter Olympic Games are being held.
The beanie has "P6" stitched on the front in white. P6 stands for the Principle 6 campaign, which encourages athletes and Olympic spectators and supporters to fight against discrimination, be it based on race, religion, politics, or gender. Brian Ellner, a founding member of Athlete Ally, the organization responsible for the P6, told The Observer that those who wear the beanie—specifically athletes—can "express their solidarity with the cause without violating Russia's anti-gay laws or the IOC's prohibition against political expression."
It's great to see the industry, and Wang, get behind something like this. But $125 is a little steep—even if it is cashmere.
If you're willing to cop, though, proceeds will go to fund the P6 campaign and LGBT groups. The beanie is available now at Nordstrom, Bergdorf Goodman, Moda Operandi, and Alexander Wang's NYC flagship store, amongst others.
[via The Observer]