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Maria Pinto Closes Chicago Boutique. What's Michelle Obama to Wear? (M's designer goes bankrupt)
The StyleList ^ | February 15, 2010 | Lesley Kennedy

Posted on 02/15/2010 2:00:37 PM PST by Stoat

Maria Pinto Closes Chicago Boutique. What's Michelle Obama to Wear?

by Lesley Kennedy  Posted Feb 15th 2010 at 4:26PM

 

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Even designing dresses that turned Michelle Obama into a fashion trendsetter couldn't keep Maria Pinto in business.

The designer has closed the doors to her Chicago boutique, reports the Chicago Sun-Times, and she is expected to seek bankruptcy protection this week.

Pinto tells the Sun-Times "economic challenges and soft buying trends at the top end of the apparel market" contributed to her business woes. 

''I am confident that the 'Maria Pinto' name will not go away, but will merely take a break, before emerging in a new form," she tells the newspaper. 

"I plan on using the next several months to explore different avenues and opportunities for business, as economic conditions improve."

In addition to dressing Obama (see the purple sleeveless sheath dress she wore for the final primaries?), Pinto's customers also included Oprah Winfrey and several Chicago socialites and civic leaders.

Pinto studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and New York's Parsons School of Design and Fashion Institute of Technology, and worked for Geoffrey Beene in her first fashion job. In 1991, she launched her own line, which was carried in stores including Bergdorf Goodman, then she opened her Chicago boutique in 2008, according to the paper.

And, if there's any debate on Michelle Obama's style power, here's a look at her first 100 days of fashion.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: boobbelt; closes; fashion; fashionpolice; flotusmichelle; hideousfashions; mariapinto; michelleobama; nobama; obama; pinto; sasquatch; store; wookie
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M Obama posthumous medal of honor ceremony

 

At a posthumous Medal of Honor award ceremony.

1 posted on 02/15/2010 2:00:37 PM PST by Stoat
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To: Stoat

OH NO! Where will she get her boob belts now??


2 posted on 02/15/2010 2:01:29 PM PST by Vasilli22
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To: Stoat

Perhaps she can go into business selling a Michelle Obama™ brand of Boob Belts.


3 posted on 02/15/2010 2:01:49 PM PST by Constitution Day
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To: Vasilli22

What? No bailout????


4 posted on 02/15/2010 2:02:22 PM PST by conservativemusician (2nd amendment means what it says)
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To: Constitution Day

Obooba belts?


5 posted on 02/15/2010 2:03:04 PM PST by Pajama Blogger
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To: Vasilli22

6 posted on 02/15/2010 2:03:11 PM PST by Vasilli22
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To: Stoat
Even designing dresses that turned Michelle Obama into a fashion trendsetter couldn't keep Maria Pinto in business.

Really? Because I don't see a lot of women wearing giant belts right up under their breasts, with 3/4 sleeve cardigans in colors that don't match the rest of the outfit and are buttoned incorrectly.

7 posted on 02/15/2010 2:03:34 PM PST by LibertarianLiz
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To: Stoat

Maria Pinto doesn’t know beans about fashion.


8 posted on 02/15/2010 2:03:47 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (:: The government will do for health care what it did for real estate. ::)
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To: Pajama Blogger

Maybe! LOL!


9 posted on 02/15/2010 2:03:54 PM PST by Constitution Day
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To: Stoat

snicker, snicker


10 posted on 02/15/2010 2:04:22 PM PST by bgill (The framers of the US Constitution established an entire federal government in 18 pages.)
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To: Stoat
Even designing dresses that turned Michelle Obama into a fashion trendsetter couldn't keep Maria Pinto in business.

Going out of business is what all the trendsetters are doing these days.

11 posted on 02/15/2010 2:05:08 PM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: Stoat

God - she could find better stuff on the rack at Target. I wonder if this designer’s bsuiness was doing when Bush was President.


12 posted on 02/15/2010 2:05:10 PM PST by Frantzie (TV - sending Americans towards Islamic serfdom - Cancel TV service NOW)
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To: Vasilli22

>>OH NO! Where will she get her boob belts now??

From designer Moocow Sasquatch.


13 posted on 02/15/2010 2:06:08 PM PST by max americana
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To: Constitution Day

what !!!!!I thought she shopped at wal-mart~~~


14 posted on 02/15/2010 2:06:18 PM PST by FreeperFlirt
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To: Stoat

God’s way of saying, “You got no fashion sense.”

God’s way of proving He has a sense of humor.

Jackie O stops rolling.


15 posted on 02/15/2010 2:07:28 PM PST by StAntKnee (I keep thinking I'm gonna wake up from this dream theatre of the absurd.)
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To: Stoat
Even designing dresses that turned Michelle Obama into a fashion trendsetter...


16 posted on 02/15/2010 2:07:32 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (The liberals are asking us to give Obama more time. Is 25 to life enough?)
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To: Frantzie

Does it occur to anyone in the fashion industry that having an ugly woman with a fat a— wearing one’s clothes was not a selling point?


17 posted on 02/15/2010 2:08:09 PM PST by RanGreHad
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To: Vasilli22

BOOB BELTS!!!
18 posted on 02/15/2010 2:08:17 PM PST by evets (beer)
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To: Stoat

That print should be called “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.”


19 posted on 02/15/2010 2:08:25 PM PST by Disambiguator
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To: Stoat
What she wears IS NOT her biggest problem.


20 posted on 02/15/2010 2:09:16 PM PST by Slyfox
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To: Jeff Chandler

She’s no Monty Capuletti.


21 posted on 02/15/2010 2:09:36 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: evets

Tell me that is a photo shop please.


22 posted on 02/15/2010 2:09:37 PM PST by My Favorite Headache
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To: Vasilli22

Was he the kitchen-curtain-and-living-room-drapes designer? If so, good riddance.


23 posted on 02/15/2010 2:09:42 PM PST by hsalaw
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To: Constitution Day; Slings and Arrows; martin_fierro; Tax-chick
Perhaps she can go into business selling a Michelle Obama™ brand of Boob Belts.

Michelle has thrown her under the bust.

She's another victim of the Obamoconomy.

24 posted on 02/15/2010 2:09:57 PM PST by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: hsalaw

Oops. “She”, not “he.” I thought it said “Mario” rather than “Maria.”


25 posted on 02/15/2010 2:10:38 PM PST by hsalaw
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To: Stoat
soft buying trends at the top end of the apparel market" contributed to her business woes.

In other words, nobody in her right mind wants to mimic the sasquatch.

26 posted on 02/15/2010 2:11:13 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Disambiguator
That print should be called “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.”

Indeed...or "How to show absolutely no class whatsoever at a solemn ceremony of profound significance"

27 posted on 02/15/2010 2:11:14 PM PST by Stoat (Sarah Palin 2012: A Strong America Through Unapologetic Conservatism)
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To: Stoat
Then again...

Ya think this'll bug bam?

28 posted on 02/15/2010 2:11:21 PM PST by Young Werther (wtih)
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To: Stoat

OK, that just looks like someone lost their lunch all over her.


29 posted on 02/15/2010 2:11:39 PM PST by Newtoidaho (Liberals are nothing more than drooling buffoons. Spread the word.)
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To: Stoat
Even designing dresses that turned Michelle Obama into a fashion trendsetter couldn't keep Maria Pinto in business.

While I applaud the effort to keep more blind people gainfully employed, I think that there are simply jobs that they are not, and cannot be, qualified for.

Fashion writer is one.

30 posted on 02/15/2010 2:12:14 PM PST by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: Stoat

Michelle Obama wearing Maria Pinto dresses.

31 posted on 02/15/2010 2:13:34 PM PST by kcvl
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To: RanGreHad

“Does it occur to anyone in the fashion industry that having an ugly woman with a fat a— wearing one’s clothes was not a selling point?”

Reminds me of Jenny Craig using poor nutty Kirstie Alley as a spokesperson for a while.

Kirstie remained a blimp.

They switched to Valerie Bertinelli who does not age and looks incredible. Val has not aged at all and looks great in a bikini. She looks like she is in her late twenties to thirty something.


32 posted on 02/15/2010 2:13:59 PM PST by Frantzie (TV - sending Americans towards Islamic serfdom - Cancel TV service NOW)
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To: Stoat

33 posted on 02/15/2010 2:14:29 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Stoat

34 posted on 02/15/2010 2:15:03 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Newtoidaho
OK, that just looks like someone lost their lunch all over her.

Agreed....and not exactly a great way to show solemn respect at a posthumous Medal of Honor ceremony, is it?

She has absolutely no class and is a further embarrassment to our Nation and to all who have fought and died on our Nation's behalf.

35 posted on 02/15/2010 2:15:19 PM PST by Stoat (Sarah Palin 2012: A Strong America Through Unapologetic Conservatism)
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$900 for the purple Maria Pinto dress that Michelle Obama wore


36 posted on 02/15/2010 2:16:12 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Stoat
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37 posted on 02/15/2010 2:16:35 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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38 posted on 02/15/2010 2:17:16 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

ROTFLMAO!!! ;-)


39 posted on 02/15/2010 2:17:49 PM PST by Stoat (Sarah Palin 2012: A Strong America Through Unapologetic Conservatism)
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To: Stoat
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40 posted on 02/15/2010 2:18:48 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Ezekiel

Ouch, that was truly painful.

I’m sure there will be plenty of Maria Pinto outfits in the thrift shops for years to come.


41 posted on 02/15/2010 2:19:16 PM PST by Tax-chick (Sarah Palin is a thing of beauty and a joy forever.)
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42 posted on 02/15/2010 2:19:23 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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43 posted on 02/15/2010 2:20:17 PM PST by Petronski (In Germany they came first for the Communists, And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist...)
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To: Stoat

I lifted that off of here a couple of months ago. I have no idea where it originally came from or who did the photoshop.


44 posted on 02/15/2010 2:21:15 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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45 posted on 02/15/2010 2:22:48 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Stoat; 007girl; 1_Rain_Drop; 2nd amendment mama; 6323cd; abner; afraidfortherepublic; Aggie Mama; ..
MO fashion designer to go boob-belt, er, belly up!

Michelle Fashion Police Alert Ping!

FReepmail GOP_Lady if you want on or off this ping list

46 posted on 02/15/2010 2:23:10 PM PST by maggief
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To: Frantzie

Just a personal note—I worked with Valerie on “One Day at a Time” early in her career. She was not only pretty—but a really nice person!


47 posted on 02/15/2010 2:23:43 PM PST by RanGreHad
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To: evets

48 posted on 02/15/2010 2:24:06 PM PST by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the occupation media.)
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To: evets

First of all the shoes and socks are *bleeping* ugly and don’t go with the dress (and anything except maybe the grungiest of clothes). As for the rest of the outfit, it looks like something I would have worn in elementary school.


49 posted on 02/15/2010 2:24:45 PM PST by proudofthesouth (Zero should spend all his time playing golf & keep his Marxist, Muzzie, Homo hands off our country)
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To: Stoat

Hasn’t anybody figured *this* out by now?

Shelly hasn’t paid her *bill*!!!

Yet another Obama administration mobster-bustout of a formerly thriving business. Right outta “Goodfellas”, this crowd is. “Guy was prolly a degenerate gambler, or sumptin’”, says cousin Tony...

Geddit? “bust”out??? Heh.


50 posted on 02/15/2010 2:27:09 PM PST by ForegoneAlternative (The cost of anything is...)
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