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Sonia Sotomayor's Fendi connection

July 15, 2009 |  1:51 pm

Sonia Sotomayor supreme court nominee fendi fashionIt's tough being a Supreme Court nominee. Everything you've said about everything suddenly comes under scrutiny.

Sonia Sotomayor has been grilled on gun ownership, property rights, abortion and integration. To say nothing of the "wise Latina" remark. And those rotten media types pick on your family too! Sotomayor's twin nephews were photographed, well, it might be interpreted that they were dozing during the first day of her confirmation hearing. (At least Al Franken,  make that Sen. Al Franken, thinks her nomination is "pretty cool." )

We want to know why no one has grilled her on her connection with Fendi, the purveyor of luxury leather goods, accessories and clothing. (In case you missed it, the Washington Post reports that Serena Williams, relatively fresh from her Wimbledon triumph, recently purchased Fendi shoes and pearls at a Chevy Chase Bloomingdale's.)

It seems Sotomayor, when she worked as a New York litigator at Pavia & Harcourt, worked with Fendi on issues involving counterfeit goods. Back in 1992, the San Francisco Chronicle quoted Sotomayor as saying: "There will always be people who will run the risk of breaking the law. The only thing companies like Fendi can do is contain the problem as much as is humanly possible."

Sen. Ted Kaufman (D-Delaware) did ask Sotomayor about her Pavia & Harcourt clients, including Ferrari and the Pirelli Tire Corp. (famous for its annual girlie calendars). But we think he missed an opportunity to wax poetic about Fendi baguettes or the gray "peekaboo" bag or sleek leather trenches. 

Some folks don't recognize a style opportunity when it's in front of their face.

-- Alice Short

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