President-elect Barack Obama gets inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States of America on Tuesday, Jan 20. Never has there been this much scrutiny into what the incoming president, his first lady, his children will be wearing for the big event since John F. Kennedy took office in 1961 together with his wife Jacqueline. John F. Kennedy popularized the RayBan Wayfarer, the slim fitting suits, and the summer sweater. Jacquie O with her big, dark sunglasses set the style for the early sixties (and today) with her clean suits, sleeveless A-line dresses and the pillbox hat that she often wore. Both are still style icons decades later.
After much research, I've confirmed that for the inauguration ball, Barack Obama will be wearing a Hart Schaffner Marx tuxedo. Hart Schaffner Marx is label out of Des Plaines, Illinois. They've been in the business of fine gentleman wear for a 121 years and is the largest manufacturer of menswear in the United States. The tux jacket will be a single-button, satin notch-lapel while the trousers will have a single pleat with a gross grain accent. Given his Classic personal style, Barack will most likely be wearing a simple white tuxedo shirt with a regular collar and a silk bow-tie.
As a watch enthusiast, I was curious to find out what Barack had on his wrist. He has a couple of watches that he wears. His everyday watch is Tag Heuer Series 1500 Two-Tone Diver. First released in 1991, this timepiece was not only reasonably priced but was also a fully functional divers watch with water resistance to 200 meters, screw-down crown, double safety clasp, unidirectional turning bezel, scratch proof sapphire glass, and luminous pointers. Today, Tag Heuer continues to be one of my favorite watch makers. They come up with the most avant-garde, yet functional time pieces a guy can have.
For the inauguration ball, he will most likely be wearing his Secret Service Chronograph-JGC6500 Chrono made by Jorge Gray. This watch is an exclusive time piece only worn by Secret Service Agents and was given to Barack on his 46th birthday.
Barack Obama represents every man, woman and child in America if not the world. His roots confirm that every dream is possible. His vision spans all races, cultures and countries. His honesty, personal truth and conviction is what brings this world hope. And his style reflects confidence, leadership and grace.
Welcome Mr. President!