Washington, D.C., United States (AHN) – The new Obama “Spring Collection” launched Tuesday, and not all of the reviews were positive, especially from the Republican party.
Causing the ruckus were the Obama T-shirts, tote bags and accessories that debuted at a New York fundraising event dubbed “Runway to Win.”
President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign plans to begin selling the campaign-themed items, designed by some two dozen famous and iconic designers, to raise money for the Obama campaign chest.
Offered at the event was a $75 tote bag designed by Derek Lam. A collectible makeup bag, created by Richard Blanch with nail-polish in the color of Red-y To Win Red, sold for $40. And a silk scarf featuring Obama’s image by Thakoon Panichgul cost $95.
The sale has Republicans crying foul. The GOP contends the sale might violate campaign finance rules.
The gear sells for just a fraction of the price the designers’ merchandise would typically fetch in department stores. Republicans say that suggests they relied on corporate resources to keep costs low, which could amount to illegal campaign contributions.
The Obama fund raising efforts were carefully planned and strategically launched just before the start of New York Fashion Week, which kicks off Thursday. It was a project of Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour, who spearheaded the launch and rounded up Obama supporters to use their creativity to spruce up otherwise pedestrian campaign gear.
Other designers lending their name and label for the Obama fundraiser were Marc Jacobs, who designed a crew neck T-shirt, and Diane von Furstenberg, who designed a nylon tote bag.