- The Washington Times - Monday, October 24, 2016

A growing number of women and sexual assault survivors are boycotting Ivanka Trump and the retailers who carry her fashion brand, saying her support for her father’s presidential campaign signals her acceptance of his alleged sexual misconduct.

The boycott #GrabYourWallet was launched on Twitter earlier this month by Shannon Coulter, CEO of a boutique marketing agency in San Francisco, in the wake of the leaked 2005 “Access Hollywood” recording revealing Donald Trump talking on a hot mic about groping women, The Guardian first reported.

“[Women] were ready to give Ivanka a pass because she’s his daughter and it’s hard to be objective about your dad,” Ms. Coulter told Cosmopolitan. “But the Trump tape just sent people over the edge. I think [women] took particular offense, as I did, to the fact that Ivanka tries to make feminism a part of her brand but is standing by, as an official campaign surrogate, a guy who is an alleged serial sexual assaulter of women. The disconnect was too big. And they were ready to speak up about it and flex their consumer power about it.”

Boycotters are circulating a list of retailers that carry the Ivanka Trump Collection, including T.J. Maxx, Amazon.com, Zappos, Bloomingdale’s, Lord & Taylor, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Dillard’s, DSW, Macy’s, Marshall’s and Saks Off Fifth. The list includes contact information for each company’s corporate offices and a brief script for people to follow when they call.

Lindsey Ledford, a 29-year-old Maryland college student, said she stopped shopping at her favorite store, T.J. Maxx, after a black blouse with the “Ivanka Trump” logo triggered flashbacks of sexual abuse, Cosmopolitan reported.

“As much as I love shopping at T.J. Maxx, I can’t stomach seeing that name front and center,” she said. “Supporting a brand — Trump — that condones sexual assault and makes excuses for it is wrong.”

Amy Andelora, a 52-year-old high school teacher in Arizona, said she boycotted her favorite store, Nordstrom, after feeling triggered by a pair of Ivanka shoes.

“It’s a visceral response, when I see the name ‘Ivanka‘ nestled inside a shoe,” she told Cosmopolitan. “The man who assaulted me used almost exactly the method Donald Trump described in his conversation with Billy Bush. I can’t see a Trump-related label without remembering what happened to me three years ago in a house I couldn’t escape.”

Despite the backlash over her father’s campaign, an Ivanka Trump brand PR representative told Cosmopolitan that sales and revenue grew 37 percent over 2015.

“Over the past year many more women have discovered and become loyal to the brand, leading us to experience a significant year over year revenue growth,” the representative said.

None of the retailers who carry the Ivanka Trump Collection have dropped the line in response to the boycott.

A representative for Nordstrom told Cosmopolitan: “We have received some feedback from customers, though we don’t currently have plans to stop offering this brand.”

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