The 45th presidential inauguration is here — and with it comes an increasingly politically-inclined fashion world.
While women are knitting up a storm to protest Donald Trump, Spencer's Gifts is the latest retailer to land in hot water with anti-Trump consumers.
This, and more, in this week's Retail Therapy.
The fashion world gets political
As Trump supporters, Trump protesters and celebrities alike flock to Washington D.C. for the presidential inauguration today, the fashion world is embracing its political side. While Donald Trump warned that "all the dress shops are sold out in Washington," many have already decided to trade in their traditional floor-length gowns for a more unique fashion choice: A pink, knit "pussy hat."
The hats originate from two Los Angeles-based women who launched a do-it-yourself movement calling on all those attending the Women’s March on Saturday in Washington D.C. to knit, crochet or sew their very own pink "pussy hats." The Pussyhat Project intends to stand up for women’s rights and call Trump out for his comments about the ease of sexually assaulting women as a celebrity, which the Washington Post exposed in a leaked Access Hollywood tape: "And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything,” Trump said on the tape. “Grab them by the p---y. You can do anything."
“We chose this loaded word for our project because we want to reclaim the term as a means of empowerment,” the group’s mission statement reads. The group already has over 60,000 knitted pink hats and has gained popularity with Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar, who were seen earlier this week trying out the pink-eared hats during a broadcast of their talk show The View.
The Women's March could draw up to 200,000 people, an organizer for the event told The New York Times, and many other fashionistas are expected to turn out: Designer Rachel Comey told The Cut she will subsidize her workers to attend women’s marches across the country and plans to give 50% of online and in-store sales during inaugural weekend to Planned Parenthood.
Elizabeth Azen, co-owner of clothing line Dynasty, has also designed hats for women to wear at marches across the country. Her bright-red beanies feature phrases such as "Already Great" and simply the word "No." She described her products as, “a typographic gut reaction” to the election in an interview with The New York Times.
Can you really blame the fashion world? Many designers were looking forward to this being the year of the pantsuit... and now it's just the year of the red baseball hat.
Move over L.L. Bean
Last week, L.L. Bean was blacklisted by anti-Trump consumer movement #GrabYourWallet after news broke that the founder's granddaughter had contributed $60,000 to a political action committee that helped elect Trump. The president-elect later tweeted an endorsement of the outdoor apparel brand, plunging it into the middle of a political mess the company wanted nothing to do with.
Now novelty merchandise retailer Spencer’s Gifts (who, granted, is known for being controversial) came under fire ahead of inauguration this week for selling some rather distasteful Trump T-shirts. Consumers fired into the company on social media for one shirt in particular that read: “Grab America by the P****.”
The retailer is well-known for selling crude gag gifts, but many consumers thought the shirts went too far. Shannon Coulter, founder of the #GrabYourWallet campaign, tweeted that she had called the shopping center to complain.
Look out, Spencer's, the retail boycott is coming for you.
Just left a voicemail for the shopping center that houses this particular Spencer's (Lloyd Center in Portland). The number is 503-282-2511. https://t.co/G40zi4iePh— Shannon Coulter (@shannoncoulter) January 15, 2017
Costco athletic equipment hits a hole in one
When it comes to sports equipment, most die-hard athletes abide by the general rule: You get what you pay for. But if you’re looking for the best golf ball that money can buy, take Callaway and Bridgestone off your list. Apparently, you can pick up the most coveted golf ball on your next trip to buy soap and paper towels in bulk at Costco.
Golf fanatics have been shelling out to buy Costco’s Kirkland-branded golf balls, which typically retail for a mere $1.25 each, The Wall Street Journal reports. The balls have been out of stock for about the last two months and the retailer removed the product from its website this week.
The golf ball scarcity has led to golf aficionados scouring the internet for the prized products. At least one savvy shopper has been selling the items for $40 per dozen.
Goat goes for a 7-Eleven candy run
In times of great uncertainty, we can always rely on the internet to supply us with cute videos of animals doing strange things, right?
This week “Ol’ girl,” an Oregon-based goat, wandered into a 7-Eleven in a suburb of Portland to check out the candy selection.
"Honestly I didn't know how to handle a goat so I just let her," Katelyn Lund, who was at the scene and posted a video of the incident online, told The Oregonian. "Everyone was hella nonchalant about her, and no one said anything to her."