Kosovo pays homage to Hillary Clinton with a clothing shop
The boutique is a hot spot in Pristina, selling tailored skirts, trousers and blazers
Linda Sharkey has been an online journalist at The Independent since 2011. She is involved in different areas across the website and is currently the editor of our latest tool, Independent Plus. As the fashionista of the team, she looks after our Fashion section. Linda also shares her style on her pesonal blog www.fashioninsideout.co.uk
Friday 29 August 2014
Who would have imagined? Right at the tiny corner of Europe, in Kosovo’s capital, Pristina, there is a clothing shop that pays homage to Hillary Clinton.
She might not be known for her fashion sense, but the former Secretary of State, senator, first lady and potentially presidential candidate seems to have quite a fanbase in south-eastern Europe.
The store, fittingly named Boutique Hillary, sells a rainbow of tailored suits, skirts, trousers and blazers, all inspired by the classic sartorial tastes of Clinton.
The shop is on a road called Bill Clinton Boulevard, which has a 10-foot-tall statue of the former president of the United States to honour him for his help in ending the conflict with Yugoslavia during the Kosovo War in the late 1990s. The most popular item in the store is the bright red pantsuits. The shop owners gifted her with the second most popular item of the store, a navy suit
A parade of mannequins can be seen modelling the tailored combos and dresses that encourage customers to mimic Clinton’s style. However, the most popular item in the store is the bright red pantsuits.
In 2010, Clinton paid a visit to the boutique during her Balkan tour. She was warmly welcomed by locals from all over Kosovo and the Balkans region who flock to the shop to meet and greet the iconic politician. The pleased owners of the shop gifted her with the second most popular item of the store, a navy suit.
Since then, the boutique has become so popular that it has expanded to the opening of a second shop.
As if the big “Hillary” sign on the shop front wasn’t enough, two photos of Clinton hang above the dressing rooms. One of the photos of Mrs. Clinton hanging above the dressing rooms
Store owner Besian Morina told Yahoo Travel: “We respect her name and her personality here…Our clothes are modelled after her own fashion.
“Since she visited here, we are even more popular and we have been able to expand into another room. We thank her very much for that.”
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