Earlier this year, Ivanka Trump unveiled a clothing line, which followed her line of shoes and jewelry. Carried at department stories including Nordstrom and Macy’s, the line included blazers, dress pants, and office-ready dresses. Now she’s expanding her fashion business with a brand-new deal that will have her offering suits, pajamas, lingerie, and jeans. Next stop: World domination. That is, if she can bring herself to sever professional ties with her race-baiting buffoon of a father, Donald Trump.
Ivanka first became famous because of her father, of course. Though her dad pantomimes being a businessman, at this point his more significant roles are reality-television star and bottom-feeding political provocateur. Meanwhile, his daughter has been transforming herself into the very thing Donald claims to be but is not: A classy titan of business.
Ivanka serves as Executive Vice President of Development and Acquisitions for her father’s real estate company, and co-founded the company’s Trump Hotel Collection. She also maintains her own luxury diamond line, and is expanding into fragrances and sunglasses next spring. She’s written a book, and last year she gave birth to her first child, daughter Arabella Rose Kushner, with her husband, businessman and real estate heir Jared Kushner.
Ivanka’s new deal is with G-III Apparel Group, which has fashion licenses under brands including Calvin Klein, Jessica Simpson, Tommy Hilfiger, and many more. The first items in the Ivanka Trump collection will appear in stores throughout North America by the spring of 2014. By that point she just may consider running for president.
My only question, and it’s a serious one: Why does she still work with her dad? It’s one thing to maintain a private relationship with an awful person in your family; many people make concessions to maintain family ties with people we wouldn’t otherwise choose to work or socialize with. But Ivanka seems like a genuinely warm, intelligent, driven woman. She has made her own name in the world by now. Why does she want to keep working with a man whose public persona is aggressively racist? A man so widely considered loathesome that more than 500,000 people signed a petition this fall to ask Macy’s to sever ties with him? Why does sophisticated Ivanka want to maintain a professional relationship with a man who is widely considered a national joke?