It sparked the biggest memes of 2021 so far, and now the image of Bernie Sanders at Joe Biden’s inauguration is on official merchandise.
Sanders’ campaign team used the photograph – showing the Vermont senator sitting with mittens to protect himself from the cold – on a sweatshirt, to benefit charity.
All proceeds from sales of the top $ 45 will be donated to Meals on Wheels Vermont, according to the campaign. However, “due to overwhelming demand” the article was out of print at the time of publication.
Reacting to the sweatshirt’s launch, the state’s largest wheeled meal provider said it had “BLOWN AWAY by Support”.
“The sweatshirt may be sold out, but you can still support Meals on Wheels,” he said in a tweet on Saturday.
Sanders’ style became an unexpected hit at the event, in which Lady Gaga donned a giant golden bird brooch, and Michelle Obama’s outfit was widely praised.
Asked about the internet’s response to the photo after the January 20 inauguration, the 79-year-old laughed and commented, “I’ve heard about it.”
Sanders told CBS’s Gayle King that he wasn’t trying to make any statement with his clothes at the opening. “In Vermont, we dress warm, we know something about the cold,” he says. “And we’re not so concerned with the right fashion. We want to stay warm. And that’s what I did today.”
These comments haven’t stopped fashion websites from offering suggestions on how to “give the Sanders Look”.
However, these now-famous mittens won’t go on sale anytime soon, according to their designer.
Jen Ellis, 42, a second-grade teacher who lives in Vermont, made from gloves from reused sweaters and recycled plastic.
“I hate to disappoint people but mittens, they’re one of a kind and they’re unique and sometimes in this world you just can’t get everything you want,” she told the Jewish insider website Wednesday.
“I don’t have mittens to sell. I don’t really do that much anymore. I’m flattered that they want them, but there are a lot of people on Etsy selling them and I hope people will. business But I’m not going to quit my day job. “
She added, “I’m a second-grade teacher, and I’m a mom, and this keeps me really busy. There’s no way I can make 6,000 pairs of mittens, and every time I go in my e- mails, several hundred people emailed me. “