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Monday, February 13, 2017
The Final Solution :Would Ivanka's Line Sell in Pyongyang?
Pyongyang's Department Store No. 1 (photo: Laika ac)
Now that Nordstrom has gotten rid of Ivanka Trump’s line,
she should seriously consider Pyongyang’s Department Store No. 1, which is one of North Korea's leading retail outlets. If Putin likes Trump, one can only
imagine how Kim Jong-un feels and there aren’t going to be any problems with
the North Korean equivalent of Kellyanne Conway getting on television to “trumpet”
Ivanka’s business. In North Korea there are none of the ethical scruples you
have in Washington, particularly when the supreme leader is inclined to a particular fashion line.If by some turn of fate Mr. Jong-un’s wife,
the fashionableRi Sol Ju, who is looked
at as the Jackie Onassis of North Korea, were to take a liking to Ivanka then
her line would be a big drawer in Pyongyang Department Store No. 1, whether
customers liked it or not. There have been some rumors that Steve Bannon will
be producing his own brand of clothes, Under the Bannon Tree. However, rumors have it that exclusive
rights to that label were picked up by TsUM, one of the most prestigious department stores in
Moscow, as part of a deal negotiated by National Security Advisor General
Michael Flynn, even before Mr. Trump was inaugurated. There are more liberal
attitudes towards leaders using their positions of power to increase their
wealth in Russia as there are in North Korea—something which flies in the face
of the repressive policies limiting such aggrandizement in the States and which stop
America from being great.
Francis Levy's debut novel, Erotomania: A Romance, was released in August 2008 by Two Dollar Radio.
His short stories, criticism, humor, and poetry have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Village Voice, The East Hampton Star, The Quarterly, Penthouse, Architectural Digest, TV Guide, The Journal of Irreproducible Results, and other publications. One of his Voice humor pieces was anthologized in The Big Book of New American Humor (HarperCollins). He is presently the Co-Director of The Philoctetes Center for the Multidisciplinary Study of Imagination (philoctetes.org), where he supervises roundtable discussions on topics as varied as “The Psychology of the Modern Nation State” and “Modern Traffic Theory, Behavior, and Imagination”.