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House of Slay Teams With AAPI Victory Fund for Voting Initiative

House of Slay Teams With AAPI Victory Fund for Voting Initiative

The House of Slay is continuing its mission to support the Asian American Pacific Islander community through a new collaboration.The organization, which was formed last year by fashion designers Phillip Lim, Prabal Gurung and Laura Kim, and influencers Ezra Williams and Tina Leung to combat anti-Asian hate, is teaming up with the AAPI Victory Fund for AAPI Heritage Month on an initiative that mobilizes AAPI voters to the ballot box for the upcoming midterm election. The AAPI Victory Fund works to educate and support AAPI voters, as well as rally behind AAPI elected officials and candidates.
“While we’re seeing historic levels of engagement from young people protesting and coming together around stop Asian hate, we know that as an [AAPI] community, we tend to vote the least of all communities,” said Brad Jenkins, president and chief executive officer of the AAPI Victory Fund. “We wanted to make sure that we were harnessing all of this beautiful leadership and tap into it to show that power at the ballot box this cycle.”

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House of Slay will link with the AAPI Victory Fund for a merchandise collection of T-shirts, sweaters and bags with proceeds benefiting the organization. The merchandise collection will be available on House of Slay’s website starting May 27.
“It’s coming together as a community to hold hands and encourage each other to vocalize, speak up and ultimately to vote because without voting, nothing really changes,” Lim said. “There’s so many of us in different generations that are so disenfranchised with the system, but if we just leave it at that, then nothing will change. It’s important for us to give the benefit of the doubt and come together in our different respective platforms and use that to really organize and be loud and be proud and get out the vote.”

House of Slay and the AAPI Victory Fund’s merchandise collection
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While House of Slay came together in response to the rise in anti-Asian hate and crimes that increased during the pandemic, the broader aim is to create a community and support system for AAPI individuals.
“When I look at the similarities between all of us, we are all in some ways minorities,” Gurung said about House of Slay. “We are not the people making decisions and we know how it feels to be invisible and absolutely discarded or ignored. We tried to bring everyone together because if we don’t show up, we have no right to ask for change or think we are owed justice. We have to show up. No longer are we in this world where we can just be practicing slacktivism — like posting stuff on the internet and be done with it. You have to show up. The future is at stake. Not just our rights as minority rights, but everything around that that we all care about.”
One of House of Slay’s first initiatives came last November when the organization released a digital comic book of the same name, which reimagined the founders as superheroes on a journey to tackle anti-Asian sentiment and build a community. The comic series was meant as an inclusive and diverse medium for the AAPI community who rarely see themselves portrayed in media. Lim and Gurung said a second edition of the series is in the works.
“It’s us looking in the mirror being, like, ‘Yeah, you can be your own superhero by taking action and voting,’” Lim said about the comic book series. “We try to put it in a format that’s fun and whether people laugh or take it seriously or whatnot, it’s really having an impact on culture. It was one of our main goals to reposition our community as culture instigators instead of consumers. We make culture and we’re at the center of culture. Therefore, we are part of the conversation for change.”

Going forward, Lim, Gurung and the rest of the House of Slay members will continue supporting and championing the AAPI community through various initiatives and creative platforms.
“What we’re trying to create besides a really important message and galvanizing of community, is celebrating joy,” Gurung said. “Because, joy leads to optimism and hope.”
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Target Taps Rachel Comey, Victor Glemaud, Nili Lotan and Sandy Liang for Fall Designer Collection

Target Taps Rachel Comey, Victor Glemaud, Nili Lotan and Sandy Liang for Fall Designer Collection

Target has some new designer friends, including Rachel Comey, Victor Glemaud, Sandy Liang and Nili Lotan. 
The big-box retailer revealed its Fall Designer Collection on Monday. The limited-edition assortment consists of more than 180 pieces, ranging in price from $15 to $80 and sizes XXS to 4X.  

Looks from the fall 2021 Target Designer Collection by Victor Glemaud. 
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“For the past 20 years, our guests have continued to express excitement when we introduce them to new and emerging designers from across the globe, all at an incredible value,” Jill Sando, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer at Target, said in a statement. “This fall, we’re building upon that legacy and bringing together four dynamic and highly regarded designers to introduce a collection of inclusive, on-trend and timeless fashion staples to re-energize guests’ wardrobes for the fall season.”

The retailer has a long history of showcasing designers in its stores and online. In April, Target tapped Christopher John Rogers, Alexis and Rixo for its 2021 Designer Dress Collection. The company has also previously worked with LoveShackFancy, Cushnie, Lisa Marie Fernandez, Zac Posen, Anna Sui, Rodarte, Missoni, Phillip Lim, Jason Wu and Lilly Pulitzer, among others.

Pieces from Target’s fall 2021 Designer Collection by Sandy Liang. 
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Meanwhile, the company’s apparel assortment continues to grow, even with so many consumers working from home over the last year-and-a-half. In the most recent quarter, apparel sales grew 60 percent, year-over-year, thanks to strength across loungewear, innerwear, activewear, men’s wear and children’s apparel. That’s in addition to a number of private-label partnerships at Target, including Levi’s and Journelle, and the mass merchant’s own apparel brands, such as activewear label All In Motion. 
“So apparel has been one of our strengths,” Brian Cornell, chairman and chief executive officer of Target, told reporters in November. “And certainly from a market-share standpoint, one of the real highlights from our business throughout the quarter. And we certainly see that continuing as we finish up the year.”

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