It may seem like the last thing on anyone’s mind on an inauguration day filled with safety concerns, but here it is: Rumor has it that Ralph Lauren is outfitting Joe Biden for his swearing-in ceremony.
This news comes from a WWD report, citing sources who say Biden “worked with the designer” on a bespoke suit made in Rochester, New York by manufacturing company Hickey Freeman.
Reps for Ralph Lauren declined to comment on The Daily Beast, so the potential scoop remains a rumor. WWD noted that “the details of the suit remain top secret” but “it should be dark”. (Of course, most men’s suits are.)
A source close to the brand said if Biden went ahead with his intention to wear a Ralph Lauren suit, it would be ” symbolically a sartorial selection that would indicate a return to decorum and decency in the president’s office ‘ ‘, added the trade publication.
Presidential fashion hasn’t garnered much interest in the past four years except for the occasional story of Trump’s hair or criticism of his long taped ties. Viewing a Commander-in-Chief’s clothing as a way to humanize, not sneer, will take some getting used to.
And so we have the Joe Biden costumes. The president-elect and former vice-president has decades of experience dressing for the public eye and he handles his wardrobe with confidence. His clothes, often picked from American brands like Brooks Brothers or Chicago’s Hart Schaffner Marx, are an extension of this brand.
Biden comes across as a champion of America’s mainstreets, an average you-know-who, but his costumes project a finesse that belies that image. He favors fitted silhouettes, polo shirts with preppy badges and patriotic blue ties. There is an ease in his style, of course, but it is the ease afforded to a longtime political insider. His style can absolutely be described as “daddy” – but this father’s childrens team.
As one of the most instantly recognizable names in American fashion – even for those who don’t care about the industry – it makes sense that Biden would choose Ralph Lauren. The brand often dresses political figures, but Ralph Lauren, the man, avoids endorsing them.
A case study: Ralph Lauren dressed Melania Trump in a powder blue cashmere coat and dress she wore for the 2017 swearing-in ceremony. This after dozens of American designers spoke out against the job with Melania because of her husband’s racist policies. An inevitable hashtag began to take the round: #BoycottRalph Lauren.
Charm A spokesperson for the brand’s company reported: “The presidential inauguration is the time for the United States to look the best at the world. It was important for us to maintain and celebrate the tradition of creating iconic American style for this moment.
The source added that Ralph Lauren also dressed Hillary Clinton at the inauguration. Clinton often wore Ralph Lauren during the election campaign.
Fast forward to November 7 of last year when the election was called for Joe Biden. Ralph Lauren, the brand, posted a statement on Instagram, written under an American flag. “Today, let us be inspired by our common humanity and the values that are the basis of our country: hope, optimism and freedom for all.” As far as public relations go, it’s an impressive tightrope walk.
Everything Biden puts on for the big day remains a bit of a mystery, although if Ralph Lauren has any involvement, it could be the most decent thing about this tumultuous transition of power.
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