In advance of Black Friday and the overall shopping bonanza that is the holiday season, I wanted to address the recent election and how we who stand against hate, bigotry, and misogyny in the White House can come together and do something about it.
Last month, a California-based brand strategist, Shannon Coulter, started a movement on Twitter calling for people to boycott retailers that carry Trump products. Using the hashtag #grabyourwallet, Coulter’s movement has gained steam, and she’s even come out with a list of specific retailers to avoid. She is also calling for consumers to contact these stores to encourage them to cease carrying these lines.
I am in full support of this. Money talks! However, as someone whose job it is to shop, it’s definitely a difficult decision, both professionally and personally. But an important one. Therefore, I wanted to help everyone out with some guidance on which stores to shop instead, and where you can find the specific brands you want if you do decide to engage in the boycott.
Below I’ve divided stores into three major clothing-specific categories, and offered alternatives for where to shop instead.
Boycott: Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Lord & Taylor, Neiman Marcus
Instead, shop at: Saks, Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, Macy’s*
Okay, I understand that Saks, Barneys, and BG may seem high-end–and they are–however, they do carry many of the mid-range lines that the other stores carry. If you’re looking for brands like Theory, Vince, Eileen Fisher, Elie Tahari, DVF, Rebecca Taylor, Current Elliott or Rag & Bone, you can find them at these stores, usually on the fourth or fifth ‘contemporary’ floors. Bergdorf’s is owned by the same company as Neiman’s, but unlike Neiman’s, they don’t carry the Ivanka fine jewelry line. At least for now. So they make the list.
*As for Macy’s, it’s a bit complicated. Last year, Macy’s publicly dropped Donald Trump’s line in response to his disparaging comments about Mexican immigrants. This was a great move. While they still carry the Ivanka brand and are therefore listed on Coulter’s list, I want to throw some support their way for the initial stand they took, and continue to uphold. Macy’s is where you can find budget-friendly brands like Vince Camuto, Not Your Daughter’s Jeans, BCBG, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Rachel Rachel Roy, Lucky Brand, DKNY and others.
Boycott: Zappos, DSW
Instead, shop at: Shoes.com
Both Zappos and DSW carry the Ivanka line. But three cheer for Shoes.com, which recently dropped the line. While their official statement claims poor sales performance, I think we can read between the lines. The Canadian e-tailer houses a huge assortment of shoes, so it’s not too much of a sacrifice. There you can find Sam Edelman, Franco Sarto, Dolce Vita, Clarks, Converse and a whole lot more.
Boycott: Century 21, Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, Nordstrom Rack, Last Call
Instead, shop at: The Outnet, The RealReal, local consignment stores
For all of us who love hunting for an amazing bargain, this is a really tough pill to swallow. However, there are some alternatives – we just have to get a little creative. The Outnet is Net-A-Porter’s discount sister site, and offers some good deals. I also suggest considering second-hand sites like The Real Real, which is a high-end consignment site with really affordable prices. Plus, the pieces are impeccably inspected, so they look–and smell–like new. If you’d rather go brick and mortar, check out your local consignment store for bargains. Many of them including 2nd Time Around, Crossroads, and Buffalo Exchange will carry similar brands to the discount chains, and they’re usually in good condition.
Lastly, I encourage you to seek out your preferred brands’ stand-alone stores and sites. In the past, department stores had the best sales and most lenient return policies, but many brands have caught up and now offer similar easy returns and seasonal sales on their merchandise. If you’re in the mood to discover a new brand, check out stores like Aritzia, Uniqlo, and Madewell, or online retailers like Everlane and MM LaFleur. They have fresh merchandise all the time, and offer competitive price and on-trend styles. You should also patronize your local boutiques, of course!
If you have any questions about where to find what you’re looking for, please feel free to reach out in the comment section. I do this for a living, and am so very glad to help. Fingers crossed this boycott causes our favorite stores to listen up and look out for their customers. Neither of us want it this way, that’s for sure.
(FYI, I am in no way benefiting financially from these recommendations. You will find no affiliate links in this post, and I do not have any advertisers or professional relationships to any retailers or brands mentioned.)