Get it before it’s gone. With the licenses for the apparel offerings of President-elect Donald Trump no longer active, there aren’t too many goods left in the market.
On the Trump Organization web site Wednesday, the Donald J. Trump Collection suits, dress shirts and neckwear are prominently displayed, along with an assortment of small leather goods, accessories and eyewear.
Clicking on the apparel tabs brings a potential customer to Amazon, where a two-piece windowpane suit is $156.74 and a two-button flat-front wool model is $114.99. Neckwear — including an extralong model — ranges from $59.50 to $85 while a Tattersall dress shirt is $26.26 and cufflinks are $29.95 to $40. All of the merchandise is being sold at a sharp discount.
The small leather-goods tab brings a shopper to a Van Heusen store locator page while the eyewear customer is brought to eyeglasses.com.
According to men’s wear sources, the three companies that had held the licenses for these products — PVH for dress shirts and neckwear, Randa for small leather goods and Peerless Clothing for tailored clothing — are no longer producing any merchandise under the Trump name. “When Terry Lundgren said he was done, everybody dumped the product and stopped making it,” said one source.
In July, Lundgren, chief executive officer of Macy’s, which was the primary retailer for the Trump merchandise, said the store would no longer carry his products after disparaging remarks he made about Mexican immigrants. In addition to the men’s wear, the retailer also discontinued carrying the Trump fragrance.
Macy’s had sold the Trump-labeled merchandise exclusively for about a decade and Lundgren and the president-elect were golfing buddies. Trump had also appeared in ads for Macy’s.
The industry source said the merchandise currently being sold on Amazon undoubtedly came from third-party vendors who are seeking to get rid of what’s left in the market.
“I guess he’s free to look for other licensees,” the source said, “but there are probably ethics laws against that.”
Trump’s business interests are unprecedented in American politics and during the sixth primary debate earlier this year, he said that he would place his business interests in a blind trust that would be run by his children if elected.