Ivanka Trump, daughter of billionaire turned Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, got an interesting reply from a major jeweler when she placed an order. Known for her keen fashion sense, Ivanka ordered a custom made ear-cuff from Lady Grey, a New York based jewelry company.
While top Lady Grey designers Jill Martinelli and Sabine Le Guyader were more than happy to make the custom piece for Ivanka, they did not want to accept money from someone whose political views so starkly contrast their own. Instead, Martinelli and Le Guyader donated the profits from the sale to the Hillary Clinton campaign, the American Immigration Council, and the Everytown for Gun Safety Organization.
Martinelli and Le Guyader first announced their decision not to accept Ivanka Trump’s money on Instagram, using the hashtag “thanksbutnothanks” in their post. They later elaborated on their action in an interview with The Cut magazine, a publication that specializes in fashion trends. The designers remarked that
“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.”
Supporters of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton have lauded Lady Grey’s actions as a prime example of responsible business practices.
Republican nominee Donald Trump is famed for his pro-gun rights stance, as well as his anti-immigration policy proposals. In a now notorious speech delivered last year, Trump alleged that immigrants coming from Latin America were rapists and other major criminals. Trump stirred controversy yet again when he proposed a ban on all immigration to the United States of adherents to the Muslim faith.