Forget the Cabinet Picks! Barack Obama Chooses His Inaugural Tuxedo

12/05/2008 at 04:26 PM ET

Mike Segar/Landov

Future First Lady Michelle Obama might have had a hard time picking between designers like favorites Narciso Rodriguez and Thakoon or star-favorites Reem Acra and Marc Bouwer for her inaugural dress, but President-elect Barack Obama’s tuxedo decision was simple: Chicago-based Hart Schaffner Marx, according to WWD. The men’s suit company has been in existence since 1883 and is one of the first American companies to have unionized workers. President-elect Obama has been wearing Hart Schaffner Marx suits throughout his campaign. Anyone can get a made-to-order suit from the company (or pick up a ready-to-wear style at department stores), but for the President-elect the company will go to him at his home in Chicago. Now about Michelle’s dress again….

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Kerri on

Disappointed, thank you for correcting my english. What do you mean by Bush didn’t ruin economy, and there is only one God, and Obama is not the one. You don’t know how it feels to lose your job and home, so please go and rest. The whole world knew that Bush and his team ruin the economy.

Jenna on

Personally, I am SICK of all the Obama hype. The man stole the nomination from Hilary, and everyone treats him like he’s a saint! He’s just a man who happened to weasel his way into the White House, because of dirty politics and the color of his skin. It’s all just so ridiculous!

Betty Banks on

In August issue of style watch photo of selita ebanks in jacket, belt, jeans and multi-color shoes. Who is the designer and where can I get those shoes! Thanks.

Italiatraveler on

Since Palin spent soooo much on her clothes and lost, why can’t we all just be happy for the new President and his wonderful wife no matter what they wear??????

David from San Diego on

God bless Obama … it must be tough to take over a bankrupt country after Bush spent eight (8) years destroying us. And I think it’s cool that he’s wearing HSM. It’s not too ostentatious. I will buy some HSM suits now that I know the new President wears them. (Sorry, Hickey Freemen.)

kate on

he still makes me wanna puke.
he will never look good. no matter what he wears

Carol on

As a retired Hart Schaffner employee, I am so proud that our new President will be wearing our product at his inauguration. HSM has a long history of excellent employee relations. In addition to offering a living to so many Americans, after WWII, HSM hired refugees who were forced to leave their home countries, trained them, taught them to speak English and took an interest in their families. Glad to see our new President appreciates an good, American company.

Amanda on

kate and jenna – don’t be sore loosers! and don’t hate the player. hate the game. the problem with hillary and john was they were paying no attention at all to the “jr senator” as john so loved to point out too often. they both thought they had no one to worry about but each other. WRONG!!!

Pete on

Ladies, JR and Erin too-
Obama has style that goes beyond clothes, and Erin, he values women!
Does anybody remember his observation during his 2004 Keynote address? ” I stand here today, grateful for the diversity of my heritage, aware that my parents’ dreams live on in my precious daughters.” Grammarians, how’s my punctuation?
My own 3 daughters are each unique, individually talented and smart and have disagreed with their father. That’s cool.
I’m also an independent Republican. Barack Obama posed a poignant question to the American people when he asked, “Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope?”
Clothes don’t necessarily “make the man”, but I look forward to an individual who will take the time to present a crisp and credible image to the world and a passion for excellence and human dignity before our nation.

sandi1960 on

Kerri, I am sorry you are having problems due to the economy, but until everyone actually looks at what got us here, we will never be able to fix it, and blaming Bush for it all is foolish and shortsighted. We are experiencing the results of the past 16 years now. BOTH parties are to blame, Clinton, Carter and Bush, plus all those in Congress during those terms are responsible.

Unless we acknowledge it, study it, own it, we will simply fall deeper and deeper into the hole.

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