Mari Lynn “Bob” Bland

Born:December 17, 1982 (age 36)

Mari Lynn "Bob" Bland is an American fashion designer and national co-chair of the Women's March on Washington.

Bland was born on December 17, 1982, in northern Viriginia. She graduated from the the Savannah College of Art and Design with a degree in fashion design. She worked for Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren while starting her own label, Brooklyn Royalty, which launched in 2006. She is also the founder and CEO of Manufacture New York, which promotes ethical work practices and sustainable fashion.

After the election of Donald Trump to the presidency in 2016, Bland launched a Facebook event for a march on Washington to be held after the inauguration, as did Teresa Shook of Hawaii. They merged their events, and Bland invited Linda Sarsour, Tamika Malory, and Carmen Perez to be co-chairs to make a diverse leadership team.

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