09 Nov What Shoe Industry Leaders Have to Say About a Trump Presidency
Throughout the course of one of the mostly volatile presidential campaigns of recent times, many of fashion’s top tastemakers and business leaders made no secret about the fact that Hillary Clinton was their candidate of choice. But in the election aftermath, newly minted President-elect Donald Trump has done what many across the footwear and apparel industries did not see coming.
The stormy election season saw fashion designers such as Ralph Lauren, Diane von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs and Tory Burch throw their support behind Clinton. Fashion, beauty and lifestyle magazines, including Vogue and Cosmopolitan, as well as music and entertainment stars, such as Beyoncé, Rihanna and Lady Gaga, also publicly endorsed Clinton. Meanwhile, some industry executives who prioritized free and open global trade also seemed to favor Clinton’s trade policies over Trump’s, which called for a withdrawal from the controversial Trade Pacific Partnership (TPP).
As many across the industry digest the results, Footwear News reached out to top executives for their initial reactions as well as their thoughts on the key issues that Trump should address in his new role.