This is like the classiest way to frame a fail. pic.twitter.com/hQhOxAXJr9
— Schooley (@Rschooley) July 24, 2018
Robin Givhan, Washington Post fashion expert: STOP TRYING TO MAKE ‘TRUMP STYLE’ HAPPEN! IT’S NEVER GONNA HAPPEN!……
… The womenswear brand, founded in 2011, was built around the public persona of Ivanka: the tall, blonde corporate executive with the famous last name, a mother of three with a lifestyle glamorously — no, adorably — curated for Instagram. The label was aimed at young, white-collar working women, and so the collections were filled with sheath dresses, simple silhouettes in feminine floral prints and office-ready shoes. There was nothing particularly unique about the products. Indeed, the company was accused of knocking off other brands. But there was nothing wrong with the clothes, either. And that, along with the price and the marketing, was what made them sell…
The gloss peeled away when Ivanka, the daughter, came to Washington as an adviser to her father, the president, who said he wanted to put America first and who touted the importance of manufacturing in the United States. Because her brand was no mere vanity project, and making money was the point, her name was licensed to manufacturers, who did the work overseas, where labor was cheap. Business wasn’t pretty, but it was profitable. In 2017, she published a book offering women advice on how to be their own best advocates and fight for their interests in the workplace, while the company that bore her name failed to offer the kind of work-life benefits that her book was telling women that they deserved.
Politics, with all of its hot air and bluster, made Ivanka Trump a walking contradiction. By extension it made her company’s sins plain. Shoppers boycotted it. Social media trolls attacked it. Department stores dropped the brand…
Intertwined with the fashion narrative of tasteful work attire, accessible pricing and woman-friendly rhetoric was the political story line. She was supposed to be the gleaming beacon for women in the new administration, the voice of the family, the Trump-whisperer. It’s hard to say which made people angrier: the fashion company that shunned American workers or the company’s founder who disappointed a contingent of American voters.
Ultimately, the two grievances became one. And a fashion lie became a political one.
Interesting timing… Ivanka imported most of her stuff from China. She’s shutting down as her father ramps up tariffs against China. https://t.co/e6998rsrMZ
— Heather Long (@byHeatherLong) July 24, 2018
Vanity Fair, infotainment generalist, is more jaded — “She’s Not Going Anywhere“:
… From early on, Ivanka Trump seemed to realize that a formal split between herself and her business was essentially only a talking point given the tacit financial connection between the business and its namesake; she was, after all, the business. Like her father at the Trump Organization, she stepped down from her day-to-day responsibilities at her company and put her interests in a trust. Still, the arrangement would allow her to continue to profit off the business while she served as a senior White House staffer. The Trumps are modern-day vaudevillians who appear primed to sell themselves on multiple levels, at all times—whether it’s a shift dress or a reality show; a childcare tax credit or a travel ban; or even the notion that they belonged in the White House at all. For Ivanka, the chance to take her brand from Trump Tower and departments stores to the White House and the world’s stage was too good to turn down.
But unlike her father, who is testing the limits of his notion that he could get away with murder in broad daylight, Ivanka is no Teflon Don. Since the campaign trail, she has been dogged by criticism over the conflicts of interest that her brand posed. She was dinged for wearing pieces from her line. She caught heat over a distribution deal with a Japanese company that had ties to the government. There was the furor when China issued trademarks to her companies in what seemed like a political gesture. When Nordstrom dropped her line, last year, President Trump tweeted that his daughter had been treated “unfairly,” which prompted senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway to infamously tell Fox News viewers in a live TV interview to “go buy Ivanka’s stuff.” (The White House reviewed appropriate codes of conduct with Conway after members of Congress fumed.)…
In some some ways, this latest move reflects some level of self-preservation. Back in New York, her friend group is smaller, the invitations fewer and farther between, and the city’s denizens are still seething over her father’s election. Sure, she slinks in for meetings or hair appointments or small dinners with confidants every now and then, but former friends note there is not exactly a welcoming committee waiting upon her arrival. Washington, though not without its own perils and criticisms, seems like the safest place for her right now, allowing her to chip away at a host of bipartisan, uncontroversial issues. She can do so while accepting invitations from world leaders, as she has from Angela Merkel, Shinzo Abe, and Narendra Modi, to speak on issues related to female entrepreneurs and workforce development. As one former friend put it to me Tuesday, “There are worse places she could be, because she can profit off the status and plot what comes next.” The person stalled. “Well, unless Mueller comes and strips it all down. And at that point, none of this will matter.”
All of Ivanka's products are made in foreign factories in countries such as Bangladesh, Indonesia and China, where low-wage laborers have limited ability to advocate for themselves, as @drewharwell and I reported last year: https://t.co/ASx8h7T6pt
— Matea Gold (@mateagold) July 24, 2018
Question answered. pic.twitter.com/lZUbIiDYI7
— Schooley (@Rschooley) July 24, 2018