Lingua Franca — Rachelle Hruska MacPherson’s line of statement sweaters — sort of just happened. While revisiting her childhood hobby of embroidery, she stitched “booyah” onto her favorite vintage cashmere sweater and, naturally, posted it to Instagram.
After several of her friends had requested their own versions of the sweater, MacPherson ran with it, launching Lingua Franca, which has since gained media and celebrity attention for its 100% cashmere sweaters embroidered with hip-hop lyrics (and, as of late, fiery political statements).
The unexpected blend of Biggie Smalls and colorful cashmere is what MacPherson sees as the "lingua franca," or common language, of our generation. Her line has since evolved to include a series of cashmere sweaters for women and children — all hand-stitched in NYC — with embroidery ranging from Lauryn Hill's “That Thing” to Eminem's “I think I love you baby" to Beyonce's “Who run the world?.”
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This season, MacPherson is expanding her line of quirky cashmere and launching the dreamiest travel sets that include an embroidered pouch (that can double as a pillow!), a blanket, super-soft socks, and an embroidered eye-mask to keep you cozy during your upcoming holiday travels. The bundle retails for $425 on Moda Operandi. They are also available as custom orders in any color combination for $450 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are looking for a gift idea for the friend who has everything, these embroidered Lingua Franca travel sets are the perfect solution; orders before November 1 will be fulfilled by the holidays. And if you’re simply shopping for yourself, just one question: What will yours say?
The travel sets are available on Moda Operandi through November 19, while supplies last.