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EVERYWHERE—Staid suit-maker Hickey Freeman plans to piggyback on this year's election frenzy with the launch of their Presidential Collection. Sadly, these suits won't actually be styled after specific presidents, though that might make for a punchier marketing campaign. Instead, the line is simply "inspired" by previous heads of state. Dwight D. Eisenhower, LBJ and George H.W. Bush have all worn Hickey Freeman suits, as have Hubert Humphrey, Walter Mondale, and Al Gore, which is a pretty bipartisan list. All of this raises the question: Had Hillary become the Democratic candidate, would they start making suits for women? [RackedWire]
NATIONAL—A rep for Pinkberry just e-mailed us to say that the frozen-yogurt chain will no longer carry Italian design company Alessi's Mandarin Juicer, which offended customers as an Asian caricature. "We started removing them awhile ago," writes the rep. "They were part of an eclectic collection and we in no way ever intended to offend anyone by displaying them." [RackedWire]
FORT GREENE— As Daily Intel reported this morning, it has recently come to light that Brownstoner's popular Brooklyn Flea is facing a wee bit of local opposition. Because of some (yet-to-be-named) complaints, they'll be holding a meeting tomorrow night at 7pm at the Queen of All Saints' Roman Catholic Church at Lafayette and Vanderbilt. Flea co-founder Eric Demby told Racked that he understands that the community has concerns about the Flea, and that he's looking forward to discussing them tomorrow night. [Daily Intel]