That’s a whole lot of ill-fitting suits.
Monday morning, Paul Manafort and his business partner Rick Gates were indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller, and were ordered to surrender to federal authorities. And after reading the unsealed indictment, we’re willing to bet that Manafort was wearing an absolutely expensive suit when he showed up at the FBI field office in Washington, D.C. early this morning. That’s because Manafort was charged with siphoning money through overseas shell companies to avoid paying taxes—and then using that money to purchase, among many things, $1,369,655 worth of clothing.
The former Trump campaign chairman’s shopping spree is broken down into dozens of purchases made from 2008 to 2014, at a “men’s clothing store in New York” and a “clothing store in Beverly Hills, California.” That’s a whole lot of power suits. How many? Let’s do a little math. The indictment has corporations associated with Paul Manafort spending $849,215 at that New York City shop. The Italian tailoring house Kiton, just about the fanciest non-Savile Row suit-maker in the world, charges nearly $8,500 for an off-the-rack number at Neiman Marcus. Manafort would have had to buy 100 similar suits, all from the same New York store.
And while that’s not outside the realm of possibility, it’s hard to say whether or not Manafort’s style benefited from the lavish spending of corporations like Yiakora Ventures Limited and Global Highway Limited. He comes out looking good when compared to his poorly dressed former cronies. The bad news—but safe to say not the worst news he’s received today—is that Manafort never seemed to really reach the style nirvana he was clearly seeking. Poring over pictures of Manafort reveals a whole bunch of black and blue suits, a revolving carousel of monotonous corporate rich-guy style. Our man did not look like a million bucks—or, more accurately, $1,369,655.
The expensive suits have long been of interest to the F.B.I., which took pictures of Manafort’s wardrobe when it raided his Virginia home back in September. Both that report and the new indictment charges fail to mention which brand benefited from Manafort’s serious spending. But we’re happy to take bets.
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