37-year-old fashion designer Aurora James, who designed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s notorious dress with “Tax the Rich” emblazoned on the back, has unpaid debts in multiple states, including delinquent tax bills, according to records.
It appears that what James called a “powerful message” to the public is not one she’s very keen on practicing in her personal life. The designer’s company has three open tax warrants in New York state as well as other accounts in arrears with the federal government, which led to six separate liens being placed.
According to the New York Post, “Most of luxe-living James’ arrears center on Cultural Brokerage Agency, an LLC she formed in 2011 to serve as the parent company of her fashion brand, which today is known as Brother Vellies. It’s a favorite of people like Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Meghan Markle.”
Baruch College professor and taxation expert David Cenedella reviewed the federal liens and commented: “Just because they take it out of your paycheck doesn’t mean they’re sending it to the government.”