Thank you so much for your web order! We’re happy to let you know that the proceeds of your sale have been generously donated to the American Immigration Council, the Everytown for Gun Safety organization, and the Hillary Clinton campaign. We hope you enjoy your new Lady Grey #helixearcuff.
Jill + Sabine.”
Although it’s cloaked in amicable language, there’s no mistaking the sharp insult delivered to Ivanka by Lady Grey designers Jill Martinelli and Sabine Le Guyader. As the jewelers told the Cut, Trump’s political campaign is so at odds with their own belief system that they immediately wanted to reject any kind of financial benefit they could receive from the man behind it.
“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.”
Instead of just refusing the order, which would have totaled about $172 if Ivanka bought the ear cuffs in a set, Jill and Sabine decided to pay it forward to the people fighting against the Trump campaign. Specifically, the woman battling against him for the White House: Hillary Clinton.
— Trinity. (@CrashingMeteor) July 25, 2016
It’s still unsure whether the action will drive up the popularity of the 14K gold-plated, bronze ear cuffs, but social media reaction to the act of political PR was split. Though there was a lot of support for Lady Grey, perhaps just as many were appalled that the company would violate the client-customer relationship with Ivanka. Trump or not, some said, she was still deserving of respect.
— Desert Dancer (@zavie8) August 17, 2016
— Scooter (@BobbyAnnF) August 17, 2016
— Jo-anne (@JoanneF70422551) August 17, 2016
— Cat in Heels (@CatnHeels) August 17, 2016
Support for Ivanka hardly dominated the public’s feelings toward the pointed “Thank You” card. Serving as the face of her father’s campaign in lieu of her step-mother, many have come to closely associate her with the Trump campaign. As such, Lady Grey had a significant amount of voices cheering their boldness on Twitter, including fellow NYC jeweler Madyha Farooqui.
— neyda melina (@neydamelina) August 17, 2016
We would’ve done the same. Sorry not sorry. Brava heros Lady Grey <3
These ladies have a small costume… https://t.co/9wypiYRITL
— Madyha Farooqui NYC (@MadyhaFarooqui) August 17, 2016
— Elizabeth CareySmith (@theoriginalecs) August 17, 2016
Even though Lady Grey essentially rejected the money of the Republican presidential nominee’s daughter, it does appear that they made on good on Ivanka’s order for the ear cuffs. Who knows, Trump may still rep their merchandise if she isn’t soured on the jewelry by the “Thank You” card.
— Business Insider (@businessinsider) August 17, 2016
Was Lady Grey Jewelry’s “Thank You” card to Ivanka Trump admirable or unprofessional?
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