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Leche Libre Is Giving Women Reasons And Tools To Breastfeed In Public Because It’s Natural

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there are a lot of laws out there about what women can and can’t do with their bodies – many more laws than there are for men. The Free The Nipple campaign has been crucial in normalizing the natural act of breastfeeding in public. One company, Leche Libre, wants to make sure there are fewer things in the way for women to be who they need to be naturally. It’s more than just the principle, too. The women who decide to become mothers now have an even trickier social stigma to navigate every time their baby gets hungry.

Meet the solution…

Here you have: Zippers for your nipples.

“Leche Libre empowers women to confidently breastfeed whenever they want, wherever they go in effortless style!” Digital Image. Kickstarter. 19 July 2018.

That’s right mamas, Leche Libre offers apparel with fashionable (or invisible) features that make it easier for you to feed your baby, wherever you are, whenever you want.

Many of us grew up in the overlap of our mamas’ fearless Latinidad attitude and the pressures of American culture as it’s evolved. Zips on nips is the product of that overlap, no doubt.

Founder Andrea Newberry felt “resentful that [her] personal style had to change just to breastfeed easily.”

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In an interview with Forbes Magazine, Andrea found herself to be a new mom with the only options available to her being “really frumpy and unflattering” nursing clothes. The whole point is that the line is both stylish and functional. Until now, you could only have one.

So she posted a survey on Facebook and found out she wasn’t alone.

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Within three days, she had over 500 responses from women around the country. “Women everywhere were struggling with breastfeeding in public and getting harassed for doing what they needed to do to take care of their children.”

So she dropped $5k of her own money on zippers for nipples.

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According to the brand, “Zippers down the bust make for easy and discreet nursing access so you can confidently breastfeed in public shame-free.”

Andrea had zero experience and taught herself to sew while watching Project Runway.

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Then, she took to Kickstarter to launch a fundraising campaign. Of course, she ended up pulling in technical designers who could take meticulous measurements and place precise orders for the full collection.

But she had a strong passion and mission to normalize public breastfeeding.

@leche_libre / Instagram

She told Forbes, “If we can break down the cultural barriers to public breastfeeding we can empower women in general to reclaim ownership of our own bodies. This passion has helped me push through the fear and insecurities of starting a business in a field where I had no experience.”

Now, you can breastfeed in a meadow and look damn good while doing it.

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Yes, I want to be wearing a snakeskin, form fitting dress if I ever enter mom-status. Please, sit back, relax, and enjoy the small collection that Andrea has developed in her third year of business.

The Zipper Tunic is the original look for Leche Libre’s launch.

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Her goal is to make her apparel as accessible as possible, which means that she had to give up her dream of using only organic materials to keep the price point below $100.

Anything beyond this sweatshirt would be overachieving AF.

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If you have any new mom friends, you better expect them to be rocking this sweater before a dress or tunic any day. This one just seems like the realistic purchase for the new mom.

It’s a Little Black Breastfeeding Dress.

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Seriously, I have never looked that good. She clearly knows her market.

And they come in a variety of colors and patterns!

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While the goal here is to maintain your pre-motherhood sense of style, Leche Libre wants moms to feel like they never have to ask for permission to breastfeed again. You don’t have to wear frumpy nursing blouses or stretch your tops out anymore.

Leche Libre wants to make it easier for mothers to pump in professional settings.

“IMG_5425.jpg” Digital Image. Leche Libre. 19 July 2018.

Newberry herself is a single mom, and when her industry collapsed while she was four months pregnant, she decided to take matters into her own hands and start a company.

The garments are also made in the USA.

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And she’s coming out with new designs for every season. While she doesn’t have a fashion background, she clearly knows whats up.

As a bonus, some of these dresses also come with spacious pockets.

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They also have a slip for a credit card, because no mama is walking out with a baby bag and a bag bag. We carry our sh*t on our hips, Latina style.

Best of all, Leche Libre is fiercely body positive.

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In an interview with Ravishly, Newberry opened up and said, “  

Plus, they have an adorable Leche Libre onsie.

“Yes, that baby is nursing in this picture.” Digital Image. Kickstarter. 19 July 2018.

On it’s Kickstarter page, it explains:

    The name Leche Libre is a play off of Lucha Libre, the Mexican wrestling league. What better mascot for Leche Libre then a wrestling baby? Watch out, this kid means business.

Leche Libre is ultimately activism for Newberry.

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“I want Leche Libre and this collection to speak to plus size mamas and tell them they are powerful, and they deserve to celebrate the power and beauty of their life giving bodies with something that truly works for them,” she told ravishly.

Women everywhere are rocking the apparel and changing our culture.

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All it takes is one woman to change the conversation from, “Why are you doing that here?” to “Wow, you look awesome! Where’d you get that?”

Leche Libre aims to empower a diverse range of women.

“Breastfeed in effortless style” Digital Image. Kickstarter. 19 July 2018.

To follow up this women empowerment, all of the materials are sourced by women.

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Yup, she only works with women – from Chicago to Milwaukee – women lead the charge.

Thank you Leche Libre for liberating us all.????✨

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I can cheers to a sustainably made and ethically sourced company that supports Latina culture.


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Maluma Teams Up With Luxury Brand Balmain For This Must-Have Fashion Collection

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Maluma Teams Up With Luxury Brand Balmain For This Must-Have Fashion Collection

It’s 2021 and we have no shortage of epic collaborations between some of the world’s biggest Latino stars and top fashion brands. Everyone from J Balvin and Bad Bunny to Cardi B and now Maluma have entered the fashion industry to sell a lifestyle. And people are buying!

Maluma and French fashion house Balmain bring us a limited-edition collaboration.

Colombian superstar Maluma has partnered with French fashion house Balmain to launch a limited edition collection that will be available from April 12 through June 1 in all Balmain stores, including brick and mortar and online.

The collection, which includes sneakers, blazers, t-shirts, pants and other ready-to-wear clothing, will also be available at Saks Fifth Avenue as of April 15.

The Balmain + Maluma line marks the first time ever the brand has designed a line with a celebrity. And it seems like the brand’s creative designer is pretty excited about the collab. Through photos on his Instagram, Olivier Rousteing referred to the reggaetón singer as his inspiration, captioned with supportive laudatory messages about merging their cultures and joint design process.

“Maluma, more than him being an incredible singer,” Rousteing notes, “[brings] a lot to the fashion community with his joy and his happiness and the fact that he’s always playing up his style from different kinds of houses from around the world, mixing different cultures as well… I think the collaboration with Maluma is obviously giving to Balmain and pushing the aesthetic more internationally.”

Maluma also seems to be pumped for the opportunity!

Although Balmain has featured other celebrities in advertising campaigns and runway shows, it has never actually enlisted a celebrity to help design a full, name-branded line.

The brand’s high profile, along with the haute-couture retail price of the collection, underscores how entrenched Maluma is now in the global fashion world and how valuable his endorsement and name is perceived by high fashion.

“It’s been one of my goals to work with a respected fashion house on a collection, but this journey was more exciting, as Olivier pushed me to design with him and sketch looks that I personally will wear off the stage and showcase high couture with a bit of Papi Juancho,” says Maluma, referencing both his album name and alter ego.

But if you want a piece of the collection be prepared to drop those coins.

Credit: Phraa / Balmain

Items in the Balmain + Maluma collection range from a black cotton T-shirt that retails for $495, to $1,500 high top sneakers to a $2,555 multi-color print bomber jacket.

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Met Gala 2021 Is Happening And Amanda Gorman Is Set To Host The America-Themed Fashion Event

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Met Gala 2021 Is Happening And Amanda Gorman Is Set To Host The America-Themed Fashion Event

It’s 2021 and the Met Gala is back this year – after being canceled in 2020 thanks to a pandemic – with superstar poet Amanda Gorman being eyed to host the fashion event of the year. Given the 23-year-old’s show-stopping performance at the inauguration, the theme fittingly will be a celebration of America and American designers.

The Met Gala will return in 2021 with a very special guest as host.

Vogue’s “Oscars of Fashion” famously takes place on the first Monday of May. However, this year it’s been pushed back to September 13, in hopes that life will have returned to something closer to normal by then.

Epic poet Amanda Gorman is reportedly in talks to co-host the event alongside Tom Ford, who is the academy’s president. The breakout star of President Biden’s inauguration, Gorman is on the cover of the magazine’s May issue and the subject of a relentlessly glowing profile inside.

The black-tie gala, which raises funds for Met’s Costume Institute, is normally fashion’s biggest night and sees guests from Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B to Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and even Maluma.

The event was canceled in 2020 thanks to a global pandemic.

The world’s most glamorous party was canceled in 2020 because of COVID-19, which was (and still is) raging the planet at the time. There was a virtual event in place of the 2020 event, with celebs like Julia Roberts, Priyanka Chopra and Amanda Seyfried showing off their looks from home and stars like Mindy Kaling and Adam Rippon taking part in the #MetGalaChallenge, recreating looks from past years.

This year’s event will draw inspiration from all things USA.

The theme of this year’s Met Gala has not been announced, but Page Six says the night will be devoted to honoring America and American designers, following the 18-month-long COVID crisis in this country.

Recent past themes for the event have included “Camp: Notes on Fashion” (2019), “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” (2018), and “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between (2017). And don’t forget 2016, when Zayn Malik wore robot-arms to Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.

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