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The Ivanka Trump brand of clothing, footwear, and accessories will no longer have an Ivanka Trump at its helm.
On Monday, the New York Times reported that Trump is stepping down from both her eponymous label and from her role as executive vice president of acquisitions and development at the Trump Organization. This comes the same day it was announced that her husband, Jared Kushner, will step down from his position as CEO of the Kushner Companies real estate firm and become a senior White House advisor to his father-in-law, Donald Trump.
A rep for Ivanka Trump’s brand did not immediately respond to request for comment.
According to the Times, Trump has "no plans to enter the administration," but there’s no doubt that she’ll be a presence in it, as she was during the course of her father’s presidential campaign. Earlier this week, news outlets reported that Trump and Kushner are planning to relocate their family to Washington, DC.
The couple’s efforts to sever their respective business ties in advance of Donald Trump’s January 20th inauguration are clearly an attempt to free themselves of conflicts of interest, an issue that the President-elect has not yet resolved for himself. This is particularly relevant for Kushner, whose role in the White House may also violate federal nepotism guidelines.
What will the Ivanka Trump collection, which sells through retailers like Zappos and Nordstrom and has faced allegations of long hours and low wages, look like after the departure of its founder? To be honest, probably not that much different than before.