U.S. Politics

Biden’s daughter launches a made in the USA clothing line, proceeds benefit underserved communities

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 07:  Dr. Jill Biden, Livelihood founder Ashley Biden and Vice President Joe Biden attend the GILT and Ashley Biden celebration of the launch of exclusive Livelihood Collection at Spring Place on February 7, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for GILT)

A family that serves together.

DAILY KOS

Former Vice President (sob) Joe Biden’s daughter is meshing her skills in fashion design with the family’s penchant for public service. She’s partnering with e-tailer Gilt to launch a new clothing line that makes a political statement. From Teen Vogue:

Ashley’s line, called Livelihood, is produced exclusively for the e-commerce site Gilt, which has previously partnered with philanthropic initiatives like (RED). With her day job as a social worker in Delaware, she was able to see firsthand how communities suffered from a lack of resources. In fact, the two ZIP codes that will benefit from the first round of funding are Anacostia, D.C., where Ashley was first posted, and Wilmington, Delaware, where she was born.

With the proceeds, Ashley says, community boards will be created to decide what initiatives need the funding the most. “I want a janitor, a school teacher, the local pastor, whomever is involved in the community to sit at the table and to pick the projects for economic development,” she tells Teen Vogue. Economic development could mean anything from “education, community centers, literacy programs, tutoring, or workforce development,” she adds.

Former VEEP Biden touted her commitment to community:

“Her commitment to trying to change the world for the better is more intense than even mine has been,” added former Vice President Joe Biden speaking to the crowd. Sharing this sentiment was Gilt’s president, Jonathan Greller, dressed in a navy Gilt x Livelihood zip-up under his natty navy blazer. “It’s a great vision,” said Greller, adding, “all the product is made in the USA [and] when you can connect [shopping] back to philanthropy or to the arts and culture, it’s really important to have great companies like Gilt and Hudson’s Bay Company working with great organizations.”

This stands as the polar opposite to Ivanka Trump’s (now failing) $100 million clothing line that is manufactured entirely overseas, mainly in Asia. Like father, like daughter.

Jen Hayden

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