Designers Marc Jacobs and Thakoon Panichgul already dress some of the best dressed women on the planet and now Democrat dogs can sport their creations, thanks to Runway to Win – a project by fashion designers in support of Barack Obama’s re-election campaign that already features collaborations from Tory Burch, Joseph Altuzarra and Derek Lam.
According to New York Magazine, Anna Wintour called attention to the pieces at a fundraiser in Chicago this week by telling an anecdote about a trip to Washington to meet a Senator.
‘I was down in Washington for a meeting, and then I got a call ... asking if I would meet with Ambassador Matthew Barzun, who is the national finance chair for the [Obama] campaign,1 she said. ‘And I had never met the ambassador before, so I thought, “Oh, I'm sure he wants to talk to me about what folks say up in New York about the campaign or hear what I'm doing in terms of fund-raising or my views on Europe.” And I did all my homework, and I went to our lunch with a big file, and he sat down and he said, "I want to talk to you about pets. Pets for Obama." He said, "I've been so impressed with everything that the design community has done for the campaign, that I really think that they should now design a collection for pets." So I then went back to New York and persuaded Marc Jacobs to do Bark for Obama and Thakoon to do a fantastic leash and collar.’
Jacobs’ ‘Bark for Obama’ T-shirt sells for $40 (£26) and features a circular logo with the words, ‘I bark for Obama’, and the designer’s signature. It comes in five sizes, so hounds from tiny terriers to great danes can get in on the act. Thakoon’s dog leash and collar is red with white floral arabesques, and sells for $45 (£29).
With Sarah Jessica Parker hosting a fundraising dinner at her home tonight for the Obama campaign, it’s clear that the Stateside style set is really throwing their weight behind Obama.