On Tuesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer met with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in the White House to discuss a proposed wall on the southern border and whether Trump would, in fact, shut down the government if he doesn’t get the cash he wants for it.
The conversation, which was televised, quickly turned heated, and ultimately ended without a compromise—but with the President accepting and owning the possibility of government shutdown. The Democrats took that as a win. And as soon as images of Pelosi emerging from the West Wing started making the rounds, Twitter was abuzz at the sight of the Speaker-designate’s power look: the sunglasses, the smirk, the impossibly fabulous rust-colored coat. The memes soon followed.
Someone started a parody account. Director Barry Jenkins wanted to know where to cop. The Boston Globe characterized it as “Big Coat Energy.” The New York Times hypothesized about why, exactly, we were all collectively obsessed with it. Once again, outerwear was the talk of Washington.
The Times was also one of the first to correctly identify the maker of the coat: Max Mara. This wasn’t fresh-off-the-runway, just-hit-stores Max Mara, though—Pelosi’s burnt-red style dates back to 2013. In order to authentically get the House Minority look, you’d have to dig deep into the resale market, scouring the eBay’s, Tradesy’s, and TheRealReal’s of the world to buy the GLAMIS coat.
Except, late Wednesday afternoon, the Italian fashion house sent out a press release that not only confirmed the origins of Pelosi’s coat, but also announced that Max Mara would be reinstating the GLAMIS into its outerwear collection in 2019. “In a variety of color ways,” no less! A spokesperson for the brand confirmed to Glamour that the decision to bring it back was inspired by Pelosi.
Ian Griffiths, the creative director of Max Mara, issued a statement on the Pelosi sighting, too: “You develop an emotional relationship with a coat like nothing else in your wardrobe. I can imagine why Ms. Pelosi chose to wear it for this important moment, and I’m honored.”