Cookie banner

This site uses cookies. Select "Block all non-essential cookies" to only allow cookies necessary to display content and enable core site features. Select "Accept all cookies" to also personalize your experience on the site with ads and partner content tailored to your interests, and to allow us to measure the effectiveness of our service.

To learn more, review our Cookie Policy, Privacy Notice and Terms of Use.

or
clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Bernie Sanders Wore a Burton Parka Today

It was raining.

Bernie Sanders stands next to John McCain wearing a dark blue parka.
Bernie Sanders in a Burton parka.
Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox.com, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.

While Melania Trump and Hillary Clinton wore Ralph Lauren to the inauguration on Friday, Ivanka Trump wore Oscar de la Renta, and Kellyanne Conway wore Gucci, Vermont senator Bernie Sanders put on a Burton parka to watch the new president take office.

It is in fact a Burton [ak] 2L LZ Down Jacket, which retails for $689.95. We’re talking fully taped seams, jacket-to-pant interface, ergonomic water-repellant removable zip-out stretch waist gaiter, and YKK matte water-resistant front zippers, with ample venting to prevent overheating. I’m quoting the product description here, because it basically just looked like a parka.

This is the second notable fashion moment involving Sanders this week. Just two days ago, his presidential campaign logo was reinterpreted and immortalized on the Balenciaga runway.

Since Burton is a Vermont-based snowboarding company (founded in 1977 by Jake Burton Carpenter), Sanders’s choice does fit nicely into the tradition of political figures using their clothing to rep local industry while solidly hewing to his disheveled, no-nonsense personal aesthetic. It was raining in DC on Friday, so the man put on a waterproof jacket. Next question.