Since the killing of George Floyd by four Minneapolis police officers on May 25, communities in all 50 states in American have organized peaceful protests against police brutality and the racism built into the nation’s foundation. Calls for justice for Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the many others killed at the hands of the police are reverberating across oceans and continents, with marches and rallies stretching from London to Tokyo. They’re a testament to the power of the Black Lives Matter movement and they’ve inspired many to lend their support, Paris vintage collector Marie Laboucarié included.
Laboucarié owns the online vintage shop Nina Gabbana. Having already committed to an individual financial donation, she’s organized the #VTG4BLM sale with 20 of her vintage dealer friends and colleagues. Online vintage shops like Byronesque and Pechuga Vintage have curated pieces for the sale, with 100% of the proceeds going to charities of their choice, including Black Lives Matter, The Okra Project for the Black trans community, and the Black Women’s Blueprint.
Items available in the sale include a “Fuck Racism” jacket from Jean Paul Gaultier’s fall 1997 collection, a Takashi Murakami Louis Vuitton bag, and a ’90s-era pink Versace mini dress. The sale will last as long as the items do and all will be available through each individual seller’s website and Instagram, as well as on the #VTG4BLM sale feed. Laboucarié is also setting up a permanent charitable component to her website with proceeds going directly to the Black Lives Matter organization. “It is going to take a tremendous amount of work for real change to occur,” she says. “The fashion industry needs to make changes internally and externally because standing in solidarity isn’t enough.”
To shop the sale, visit the #VTG4BLM feed or the Nina Gabbana website.