A DSW Employee Says The Company Is Dropping Ivanka Trump Shoes
In February 2017 firms like Nordstrom, Belk, and Neiman Marcus dropped the Ivanka Trump fashion line — pointing to gross sales as the reason for his or her determination with out acknowledging a very public Trump family boycott. The nationwide discussion round which manufacturers carry the label has all however quieted down. Now, more than a 12 months later, the footwear big DSW might reignite it.
A DSW worker on the vendor relations and stock management staff on the firm’s headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, stated that the nationwide shoe chain has ended its companionship with Ivanka Trump sneakers, according to an email despatched to a California shopper, which was obtained by Racked.
"The final order placed for this brand was early 2017 and there are not any future orders placed, so sure, now not carrying the line," the seller specialist wrote in an electronic mail on May 31.
Organizers of the Trump boycott GrabYourWallet have been diligently tracking which retailers are stocking Trump products and what number of gadgets they carry. As of January 2017, DSW was carrying 67 different pairs of Ivanka Trump shoes. That number has steadily declined. The onlinesite is now down to 2 shoe kinds, each of which have been discounted.
When reached for comment, the Ivanka Trump model denied that DSW is dropping its brand. DSW did not respond to a request for comment.
Footwear have all the time been an integral a part of the Ivanka Trump enterprise, one that Ivanka herself has called "incredibly important." For retailers, it’s the category that’s stocked most frequently, at companies like Bloomingdale’s, Gilt, and Zappos.
It’s also had its fair share of controversies. The Ivanka Trump label and its licensee Marc Fisher was sued by Aquazzura in June 2016 after the luxurious Italian label alleged that the Ivanka Trump Hettie shoe was "virtually an identical" to Aquazzura’s Wild Thing sandal. (Though Aquazzura and the model settled the suit privately in November 2017, the Ivanka Trump label nonetheless makes apparent fashion dupes, like its version of Chanel’s widespread two-toned slingback.)
Last summer time, the Ivanka Trump footwear line also made headlines after undercover activists from China Labor Watch, who had been investigating the Chinese Huajian Group factory that made Ivanka Trump shoes, have been detained by the Chinese government. The activists were trying into the factory’s "low pay, excessive extra time, and attainable misuse of student labor" before they were detained, and the labor rights group wrote a 4-page letter to Ivanka directly asking for her help in getting the activists freed.