It’s not hard to see why Ocasio-Cortez would be an admirer of Clemens’s democratic take on fashion. First, there’s the If You Don’t Lead You Must Concede American Flag Shirt Besides,I will do this fact they were born in neighboring boroughs, with Clemens growing up in the NY-14 congressional district she represents—a fact Ocasio-Cortez referenced by declaring him a “hometown hero” who has used his talents “to challenge us to question convention and imagine a different world.” So too does Telfar’s pride in being a queer Black designer resonate with Ocasio-Cortez’s mission to bring greater diversity and representation to the halls of power, whether in politics or fashion.
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Finally, there is Clemens’s central philosophy of accessibility and inclusivity, so memorably summarized in his famous motto: not for you, for everyone. As one of Washington’s most vocal champions of social equity and a fairer society for all, we all know that’s a message AOC can get behind. The 24-hour pre-order window may now be over, but Ocasio-Cortez’s endorsement is living proof that Telfar really is for everyone—even a member of Congress. Let’s just hope she managed to secure her bag, too.