Ivanka Trump’s brand removed from stores is viewed as a political statement
President Trump announced on Twitter, Feb. 8, that Nordstrom has dropped his daughter, Ivanka Trump’s brand from being sold at their stores.
With Nordstrom not selling Ivanka Trump’s brand,
Professor Diane Lewis-Goldstein, of the Family and Consumer Sciences Department, said the public must take Nordstrom’s statement about Trump’s brand for what it is. The company said her products were not selling and it was a business decision to drop the line, according to Lewis-Goldstein.
“There seemed to be conflicting information from the Trump company that sales were good, but I would tend to believe Nordstrom’s over the Trump company,” Lewis-Goldstein said.
Additionally, Lewis-Goldstein said that if the brand had great sales, the brand most certainly would not have been dropped. She said that an individual is more likely to buy items that coincide with their conscience. She cannot see Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton supporters rushing to get Trump’s merchandise from stores.
“I do think it is interesting that TJ Maxx instructed their employees to discard signage of her brand,” Lewis-Goldstein said. “I guess they do not even have to come up with a reason to do this because the firestorm is directed at Nordstrom’s.”
Lorena Cortez, apparel design and production major, said Nordstrom removing Trump’s brand is undoubtedly a political statement. According to the 20-year-old, she believes Nordstrom is indirectly protesting President Trump’s administration.
“I think it’s great that a huge corporation like Nordstrom is speaking out and taking a stance on something that is clearly passionate to them,” Cortez said.
Also, Cortez mentions that other designers have taken a stand to not dress First Lady Melania Trump, such as Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford.
Not only does Cortez discuss designers, she said consumers hold a great deal of power with brands as well. According to Cortez, brand names are powerful and can be seen as a form of expression depending on how they are because most consumers like to show off the brands they are wearing.
“I do think that when people choose not to buy her products it is a political statement because she obviously supports her father’s presidency and his policies, which are very controversial and by choosing not to support her brand, they are choosing not to support President Trump,” Cortez said.
Bailey Das, Santa Monica-based stylist for the Kooples, said fashion is a pathway for expression, which could lead to it being a political statement. Brand names are one of the three most important things to consumers, practically tied with comfort for first position.
“Ivanka Trump was never a fashionable brand. An Ivanka Trump runway show was never important. It’s just another brand on the racks,” Das said.
According to Das, mixing Trump’s brand with other inventory at TJ Maxx and Marshall’s devalues the brand’s stance as an independent competitive commodity. In addition, it reduces its meaning to fabrics mixed in with other fabrics. This means it is not a brand someone is particularly looking for.
“Essentially some consumers are refusing to buy her products in order to drive down her profits, and make a stance against her surname and by not supporting President Trump,” Das said.