The Vice President started the week with engagements in Oakland, California. It was the first time she has visited her hometown since becoming Vice President.Embed from Getty Images
Ms. Harris spent the weekend in California ahead of the Oakland trip. More from The Los Angeles Times:
Harris’ visit, after two private trips to California since becoming vice president, coincided with an Easter weekend stop at her home in Brentwood, where she baked a “beautiful” pork roast and made rice and peas, she said. In Washington, she is in the process of moving into the vice president’s official residence, which has been undergoing renovations, after spending her first few months in the government’s Blair House, across from the White House.
The Vice President visited Red Door Catering , a woman-owned business founded by Reign Free, seen below left.
Harris used the backdrop of the working-class East Bay to tout President Biden’s $2 trillion American Jobs Plan, the administration’s latest “go big” package before Congress.
But the trip was also a homecoming — the sense of hometown pride was everywhere, starting with Oakland Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Lee, one of three state officials who greeted Harris at Oakland International Airport when Air Force Two touched down Monday morning.
Below, Ms. Harris and Ms. Free.
Ms. Free notes on her company’s site that “Cooking and community are also in my blood. They are the bedrock of The Red Door Catering.”Embed from Getty Images
The Vice President spoke about the importance of community banks. We learn more from Oakland News Now’s coverage:
And that’s the other benefit and strength of our community banks. And the community banks are in the community. Community banks are going to know and say, “Ah, you can’t afford that house. Get out of here.” (Laughter.) And they’re going to say, “You know — and, Mary, that is a great business. And we believe in you, and…”
But there’s a certain connection with the folks that is not about the money; it’s about growing the community and the economy of that community.
Next on the agenda, a trip to the Upper San Leandro Water Treatment Plant, where she was met by California Governor Gavin Newsom.
Another view in a photo shared by KQED’s Scott Shafer.
The Los Angeles Times reports the administration’s infrastructure proposal “…includes more than $100 billion for a variety of water projects, including replacing lead pipes and improving groundwater storage in the West.”
The Vice President waves goodbye as she boards Air Force Two.
Ms. Harris wore her Altuzarra separates Monday, the Fenice Jacket ($1495), a single-breasted design, and coordinating Serge Pant ($695), a bootcut style. Both pieces are made of a triacetate/polyester blend.
Tuesday, April 6, the Vice President visited Chicago. Below, arriving at Midway Airport.
She visited a union hall in Chinatown that has a vaccination clinic, the country’s first such clinic run by the labor movement for union members.
In an interview with the Chicago Defender the Vice President spoke about vaccines.
Many people want to get the vaccine, so we must make sure it is easy to get. The hesitancy piece is real, but so is access. When we look at the number of Black Americans vaccinated, those numbers are much lower, and that is a real problem.
And from this WLS piece:
“Please help us to tell your friends and your family members and your co-workers that when it’s their time to get vaccinated, remind people of their power to do something that will save their lives,” Harris told the crowd. “The people who carry the most weight are our peers, the people we respect. So I’m here to ask you to do a little bit more and help us, so we can truly get back up on our feet.”
The Vice President also visited Brown Sugar Bakery.
The woman-owned bakery has three locations; the Vice President stopped at the Chatham location. In this photo from Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times, you also see Illinois Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton and Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx.
The Vice President picked up a slice of German chocolate cake, among other goodies.
Here you see Ms. Harris boarding Marine Two as she headed to the official Vice presidential residence for the first time. The Vice President and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff moved into their house on the grounds of the US Naval Observatory.
Ms. Harris was in a bespoke suit by designer Sergio Hudson, who made the silk tuxedo coat and sequin dress worn by Ms. Harris for the inauguration evening events. She repeated the Irene Neuwirth pearl necklace and mabé pearl earrings seen Monday.
Wednesday, April 7 the Vice President brought back a grey suit that remains unidentified.
She joined President Biden as he delivered remarks on the infrastructure proposal, also called the American Jobs Plan.
The Vice President also spoke with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico.
Her single-breasted jacket features angled flap pockets, notch lapels, and two self-covered buttons on the front with one button at the cuff. Ms. Harris also wore an unidentified white top, the Irene Neuwirth pearls, and mabé pearl earrings.
A sidebar about the Vice President’s desk: it is made of wood, copper, and nails taken from the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship that is still afloat. Below you see Ms. Harris at the desk in February; she happens to be in the same suit worn April 7th.
More from Architectural Digest’s story about the desk.
But over in the Eisenhower Executive Building, Vice President Kamala Harris presides over a desk that, while technically only in service for a few months, is arguably more than 80 years older than its counterpart in the Oval Office.
First launched in 1797 and still afloat today, the Constitution registers as the oldest commissioned warship still in the U.S. Navy’s arsenal, although its purpose now is essentially ceremonial. The desk’s aesthetics come from the ship as well, as its eagle- and star-laden façade evokes decorations found on the stern of the vessel, dubbed Old Ironsides.
We return to our wardrobe coverage, looking at what the Vice President wore Thursday, April 8, when she, President Biden, and Attorney General Merrick Garland took part in a Rose Garden event on reducing gun violence.
The President announced executive actions and urged Congress to enact stricter gun ownership laws.
The Vice President delivered remarks.Embed from Getty Images
Ms. Harris was in a UFO (Unidentified Fashion Object) black suit and charmeuse top with her Irene Neuwirth double strand pearl necklace and gold-bordered mabé pearl earrings.
Friday, April 9, Ms. Harris was in a familiar suit for the weekly economic briefing. Below you see (left to right) the Director of the National Economic Council, Brian Deese, the Vice President, President, and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen.
I don’t have an ID on the top worn beneath the jacket. Ms. Harris wore her Irene Neuwirth Pearl Link Necklace and oft-seen mabé pearl earrings.
I apologize for the lack of posts. I have been dealing with the loss of a parent but should be back on track with regular updates and features. I have added quite a few items to the IDs section (and have more to add!) and will be writing about the more notable pieces in the next post.