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Nordstrom drops Ivanka Trump-branded clothing and shoes

Nordstrom announced it was dropping first daughter Ivanka Trump's clothing line, following calls for boycott. (Video: Jhaan Elker/The Washington Post)

Nordstrom will stop selling Ivanka Trump’s name-branded line of clothing and shoes, a company representative said Thursday.

The change followed a weeks-long boycott campaign, organized by an anti-Trump activist group called "Grab Your Wallet." The group demanded the department-store giant cease doing business with the president or his family.

In a statement, the Nordstrom representative said that Ivanka Trump products were being dropped because of poor sales. Its statement did not mention the group’s boycott effort.

“Each year we cut about 10% [of brands] and refresh our assortment with about the same amount,” the statement said. “In this case, based on the brand’s performance we’ve decided not to buy it for this season.”

The retailer has some Ivanka Trump items in stock, a representative said, and will sell through that remaining inventory.

Washington Post reporter Krissah Thompson examines the role President Trump's eldest daughter played during the campaign and what she could do in the future. (Video: Whitney Leaming/The Washington Post)

On the company's website Thursday evening, the only Ivanka Trump-branded items available were four styles of shoe, all being sold at a discount.

Shannon Coulter, who helps run Grab Your Wallet, said that number is down sharply from early December, when Nordstrom had 71 Ivanka Trump items for sale.

She celebrated Nordstrom's decision as a milestone for the campaign, which began in October after The Washington Post obtained a video from 2005 that showed Donald Trump bragging about groping women during a taping of "Access Hollywood." In that video, Trump boasted that he could "grab them by the p---y," using a vulgar term for a woman's genitals.

Four days after The Post's story, on Oct. 11, Coulter posted a message on Twitter criticizing Nordstrom for doing business with Ivanka Trump. She said the retailer should dissociate itself from her because she had continued to campaign for her father in the aftermath of the tape's release.

Weeks later, Nordstrom had remained a focus of the boycott group’s effort. On Thursday, in fact, her group had asked its followers to call the retail giant’s headquarters in large numbers.

“The cause and effect here is very clear,” Coulter wrote in an email message Thursday evening after Nordstrom announced its decision. “Over 230,000 Tweets and who knows how many millions of dollars’ worth of missed purchases later, they finally heard us.”

The “Grab Your Wallet” campaign has now targeted more than 60 companies — a group that includes Trump’s golf courses and hotels, those that sell Trump-branded goods, and other businesses whose leaders endorsed Trump or donated to his campaign.

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“The people who voted against Donald Trump may have lost at the ballot box, but they can win at the cash register,” Coulter said. The group has removed five companies from the list after they stopped selling Ivanka Trump’s merchandise.

Ivanka Trump’s business began with a jewelry collection in 2007, and has grown to include clothing, shoes, fragrances, handbags and other products.

A spokesman for Ivanka Trump’s company said Nordstrom initially purchased some clothing — though not shoes — from the Ivanka Trump brand for sale during the spring season. Nordstrom then changed its decision, the spokesman said, and chose not to sell Ivanka Trump items after all.

Ivanka Trump intends to resign all management positions in her company and her father's Trump Organization, attorneys for the Trump Organization have said. On Thursday, the attorneys told the news site ProPublica that the paperwork would be completed Friday.

Ivanka Trump has moved from New York to Washington, where she has served as an adviser to her father.

The news of Nordstrom’s decision was first reported by Bloomberg News.

Earlier, the news site reported the sharp decline in Ivanka Trump items for sale at Nordstrom.

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