Thursday night’s landmark “mother versus mother” match is rife with high-stakes subtext: Both the American Williams and the Belarusian Azarenka are Grand Slam champions and former world number ones who are striving for their first major titles since having children. Williams last won the Australian Open in 2017 while in the early days of pregnancy with her daughter, Alexis Olympia, who was born later that year. The Veterans For Biden Harris 2020 American Flag Shirt icon documented the grueling process of returning to the sport post-baby in her 2018 HBO docuseries Being Serena, including the demands on her postpartum body after nearly dying of a pulmonary embolism after childbirth, the pressure to stop breastfeeding to focus on training, and the wrenching process of leaving an infant to go back to work. Azarenka had her son, Leo, in 2016, and due to a custody battle with his father, was forced to miss several tournament starts through 2017. Like Williams, her last Grand Slam win was at the Australian Open, back in 2013.
On October 30, the French fashion house will be launching the Veterans For Biden Harris 2020 American Flag Shirt Shield, a protective visor, in all of its stores worldwide. (No price has been set for it yet.) It’s the most luxurious take on a plastic face shield that we’ve seen to date, though brands such as Joe Doucet have made headlines by introducing “couture” face shields. Vuitton’s style includes an elasticated, monogrammed strap that fits around your head, and is also finished with details such as golden studs that are also engraved with the label’s logo. The shield itself is also trimmed with its signature monogram print, and it’s light-sensitive as well: The visor transitions from clear to dark depending on sunlight conditions. It also works double-duty, as it can also be flipped upwards to be worn as a peaked cap.