The Role of Fashion in the Presidential Race

This Presidential election has been such a crazy roller coaster ride that Showtime even titled their documentary coverage ‘The Circus’. With all eyes on the candidates at all times, they are very methodical in choosing their wardrobes. This leaves everyone wondering what they’re actually wearing.

It all starts with a little boy who grew up in the Czech Republic and then spent years in concentration camps during WWII. Martin Greenfield spent time cleaning suits in Auschwitz for officers. Luckily, he made it out alive and went on to be a premier suit tailor in New York City. He has tailored suits for many Presidents and celebrities including Dwight Eisenhower, Colin Powell, Michael Jackson, Bill Clinton, & George Bush. He has even been listed on the White House registry while Obama was in office. Michelle Obama prefers designers like Jason Wu and Prabal Gurung.

Fashion plays a huge role when strategizing a candidate’s optics. In the 08’ election, the RNC spent over $150,000 on Sarah Palin’s wardrobe. In the past, Hillary Clinton could often be found wearing Nina McLemore, a DC based designer, but this go around, Hillary hillary_clintonspent major money revamping her look. She hired Kristina Schake, a former Michelle Obama aide, to help style her. It’s estimated that she spent over $200,000 for new campaigning outfits. This may sound like a lot, but can add up quickly when you’re spending up to $12,500 on jackets like the Armani one she wore to her NY Primary Victory Speech. She can be found sporting $2,200 custom pieces from Ralph Lauren to $4,000 jackets from Susanna Beverly Hills. She accessorizes her suits with Mikimoto Pearls, Chanel pins, and Manolo Blahnik shoes. Barbara Lacy has done Hillary’s makeup for years, which obviously made her the perfect candidate to do the makeup for HBO’s political comedy ‘VEEP’.


Donald Trump is best known for wearing Brioni suits at over $7,000 apiece. Brioni has been scaling back and laying-off employees, even though they supply presidents and some James Bond characters. Brioni’s exorbitant price tags make it hard to compete with cheaper bespoke and made-to-measure tailors. Trump’s slacks are baggy and his suit trump-the-schmuck-2shoulders often run a little wide, so he must prefer them to be made that way. When you’re spending that much on a suit, they’re going to cater to exactly what you want. His daughter Ivanka has very good taste, but I guess that’s a given since she doubles as a fashion designer in addition to being a real estate executive. Her line can be found in Lord & Taylor and Nordstrom. She’ll be seen wearing anything from her line to Dolce & Gabbana. Don Jr. is a sharp dresser and has a pretty conservative style similar to his father. They wear the typical red or blue ties, but purple and pink seem to be Don Jr.’s other go to colors. Designers must love Presidential elections with candidates easily spending six-figures on their outfits. When you’re running for the highest office in the land, I guess you need to look the part.

James J. Crosby
CEO Crosby & Co.
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April is Stress Awareness Month – Tip 4

Tip 4. Exercise

Exercise is closely related to meditation since it gives an individual time to be alone with their thoughts, or an opportunity to let them go.

While it may seem counterintuitive to some people, exercise in almost any form can act as a stress reliever. Any activity from yoga, tai chi to aerobics can be part of a stress management plan. With the gentler forms of exercise, the benefits are clearing out the mind, and giving yourself a break while the more vigorous forms of exercise will typically take your mind off the day’s worries and make you forget about them. Instead the focus will be on your body’s movements and coordination. This can include anything from swimming to a fast paced game of tennis.

Overall, exercise busts stress by pumping up endorphins, and improving the mood.

April is Stress Awareness Month – Tip 3

Tip 3. Meditate

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Meditation, also known as mindfulness is a powerful way to relieve stress levels. Even on a hectic schedule, meditation done for as little as 15-20 minutes a day can help achieve this.

It is possible to meditate anywhere; simply clear out the mind, give yourself some silent time and let your thoughts run free. The purpose here is to refocus attention while eliminating any jumbled up thoughts that may be crowding the mind.

Oftentimes, mediation sessions may also require focus on breathing that can also be beneficial for calming the mind. Deep breathing does this by slowing the heart rate and lowering blood pressure.

The best part about meditation is that the benefits do not end with the session, but will help the individual carry on more calmly throughout the rest of the day.

April is Stress Awareness Month – Tip 2

Tip 2: Call a Friend

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a break to call a friend and talk about your problems. Good relationships with friends and loved ones are important to any healthy lifestyle, and there’s no time that this is more evident than when you’re under a lot of stress. A reassuring voice, even for a minute, can put everything in perspective.

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Profile Spotlight – DC James

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    Name: DC JAMES
    Company Name Man in the Middle Marketing
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    Describe Business Man in the Middle Marketing is a company that specializes in Customer Relationship Management helping local businesses profit through internet marketing and social interaction.

    Man in the Middle Marketing finds clients all over the internet for the purpose of bringing local businesses MORE business at a cost for either less or equal to what they’re currently paying.

    Man in the Middle Marketing is an Internet Marketing Agency and Marketing Consultancy Specializing in SEO, Reputation Marketing, Social Media Optimization and Web Design.

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    • Who are your clients?
      • Small to Medium Size Local Businesses
    • Why did you start this business?
      • I started this business to provide education, support and services to local businesses who have marketing needs but are lacking strategic know how and planning for higher ROI.
    • What were the obstacles you had starting your business venture?
      • My obstacles when I started were initially finding my niche market, building my brand and marketing my services on a small budget.
    • What came easy to you?
      • What came easy to me and naturally was creating ideas, doing research and building assets.
    • What are your accomplishments?
      • My accomplishments are distilling a wealth of knowledge and experience to author articles, create tools and book resources to offer more value and expertise to the marketplace.
    • Who helped you along the way and could still be helping you?
      • The help I received was through relationships with family, friends, associates and clients that I built and nurtured over time through the journey of entrepreneurialism.
    • What are your thoughts about the small business industry in America today?
      • My thoughts about small businesses has always been that they are the life’s blood, grassroots and foundation for American commerce and economic freedoms and stability.
    • Tell us one thing about yourself that the world should know?
      • The world should and will know that “I Inspired People to Leap Forward”
    • How is your business different?
      • The difference with my business is we compete with the big agencies using the same if not better tools and resources of the trade but with a customized creative price advantage.
    • What does the word EMERGE mean to you?
      • The word “EMERGE” to me means “On the Rise” through “Mergers”.  The creative process of merging ideas, practices and diversity of creative artisans culture and community into a concise synergetic communication that touches, relates and connects us to relevant issues that affects us all.

January Is National Clean Up Your Computer Month


4. Institute order online

The Internet is infinite and can seem unwieldy. Staying on top of all of our websites and online accounts that can seem difficult. Using tools on your computer, though, you can organize your online life. First, make sure your bookmarks are in order by making any site additions and deletions that reflect your current browsing habits. Organize bookmarks in an intuitive way so that you can easily find sites you regularly visit. In managing online accounts and passwords, employ a password manager like Keychain (for Macs) or Windows Live ID (for PCs).


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