A mutual friend introduced me to Rachelle Hruska, Lingua Franca’s founder. I love that her beautiful sweaters are embroidered by hand by women in the US as well as bearing messages that speak to the ethos of In The Groove. Once she heard more about In The Groove, she not only understood us but got excited. And so, this collaboration was born.
The first I met Rachelle at Lingua Franca’s offices, I looked at her vision board. It was overwhelmingly filled with images of real, age-defying women. I knew we had a connection, one that not only bridged the age gap but also celebrated it. “I like taking inspiration from older women who have shaped my perspective,” says Hruska. “My mother-in-law, Janet, is definitely my muse. She’s the oldest champion women’s surfer, and she surfed in cashmere before wetsuits were invented.”
If you’re going to say something, you might as well say it with cashmere right? We’re saying five things: In The Groove, It’s My Party, Old School, Original Gangsta, and Everyday I’m Hustlin’. And to bring this to life, we asked women who personify everything In The Groove is about to model for us. As you can see from the pictures, they are a beautiful, accomplished, stylish, and diverse group of women. And they are not invisible.
We both want to rattle the conversation about what aging means. Hruska says “I might be in the groove today, but I am constantly looking at the generations ahead of me to stay that way.”
Through October 20th, $100 from every sweater will go towards The Women’s Alzheimers Movement. And after that, it will still be 10%.
Featuring our amazing models: Belinda Becker dj, dancer, actor, and activist, Bobbi Brown, founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, founder Evolution 18, author, Christine Haway, founder Fabulous Fabster, Cynthia Rowley, designer, Dayle Haddon, founder WomenOne, actress, model, Erika Repola, designer, Giannie Couji, founder Ubikwist Magazine, Hillary Peterson, founder, True Botanicals, Jane Larkworthy, beauty editor, former editor of W Magazine, Judi Wong, owner, Cafe Cluny, Julie Gilhart, consultant, former fashion director Barney’s, Mindy Grossman, CEO of WeightWatchers, Nadine Johnson, founder, Nadine Johnson & Associates, Nancy Spector, curator, Guggenheim, Nicole Miller, designer, at Bransford, founder, Urban Tech, Sherry Bronfman, actress, philanthropist, and Simone Silverman, founder, The Silver Women. You guys are the real MVPs.