April 22, 2010, - 1:16 pm
Remember Maria Pinto? She’s Michelle Obama’s high-priced clothing designer–the one who was the toast of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post fashionistas. Or, rather, she was. But not anymore.
Along with so many American businesses taxed to death and neither helped nor saved by Barack Obama’s and the Democrats’ wasteful stimulus package and other spending, Pinto went out of business and closed up shop. Times are bad for everyone . . . even the First Ms. Thang’s clothier. The Obamas stimulated no-one. Ditto for HRHSBotU [Her Royal Highness Supreme Being of the Universe] Oprah, for whom Pinto also made clothes.
Pinto’s shop–where her haute couture duds sold for thousands of dollars–opened in the summer of 2008, when morons and naifs across America thought Obama would save the country and pave our streets with candy and gold. Her West Side Chicago boutique quietly closed, last month, with nary a peep. Why?
It’s significant that someone so close to the Obamas–someone who was supposed to have benefited from them so greatly by mere association and by the First Lady wearing her dresses–failed so miserably . . . like everyone else in the Obamaconomy. It should have been front page news in fashion magazines like W and Women’s Wear Daily and business publications like The Wall Street Journal. But it wasn’t.
Oh, and by the way, if you want to buy Ms. Pinto’s fabrics–the ones once used to make dresses for Mrs. Obama–you can get ’em cheap at Fishman’s Fabric warehouse.
Gregg Fishman, a fourth-generation owner of Fishman’s, 1101 S. Desplaines St., e-mailed loyal customers this week, saying, “We just purchased our most exciting close-out fabric collection this year. Unfortunately, a well-known Chicago fashion designer closed her doors. The benefit is to you.”
Fabrics include premium silks, wools, laces and leathers from Italy and France.
Mr. Fishman won’t divulge the designer.
His silence is no shocker. It’s an embarrassment not just for Pinto, but for the Obamas. But Crain’s Chicago Business says it’s Pinto’s stuff.
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