-- Justin Jeffers, CEO of Jay Butler, a Center City men's shoe company
"Politicians [and their spouses] are public figures, so they set trends, whether they like to or not. There are [Melania Trump] pussy bow blouses everywhere. And when Michelle [Obama] wore mustard, everybody wanted it. Then there are the salon products that I have bought over the years that have backed good causes and helped people in need.
"I believe fashion and politics should remain separate. Similar to church and state -- I do not think that people lucky and talented enough to be in a position of power or stature should use their position frivolously to promote political or personal beliefs in settings that are inappropriate for such dialogue, like the Grammy Awards, New York Fashion Week, and the Academy Awards.”
-- Mindie Barnett, CEO of MB & Associates public relations
“Recently I was in Milan at the largest footwear trade show in the world, and everyone kept asking me about President Trump. How will his presidency affect American retail? Most of the time, I tried to take the high road and told the designers that I would rather discuss shoes instead of American politics, but it just couldn't be avoided. This was the first time in my 10 years in business that politics can potentially have a serious effect on how we live, shop, and dress. So, although it makes me feel uneasy, yes, politics does have a place in fashion. At this point it doesn't seem as though it can be avoided.”