Vice President Harris started her week on Monday, October 4, with a visit to Colada Shop, a Cuban café and bar in Washington, DC. Below, you see her with the shop’s owner, Daniella Senior (l), and District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser (r).
In late September, Ms. Senior was one of the women participating in a meeting with Latina small business leaders at the White House.
More from this Grio story by Biba Adams.
The meeting at the White House and subsequent shop visit focused on the challenges that women face when launching their own businesses and explored ways that the federal government could help.
Senior said that she discussed her personal challenges during the conversations, including the difficulty she faced while trying to obtain funding. “We’re often referred [to] as unbankable,” Senior told WTOP. “There are a lot of women out there, and minority women, with great ideas, great businesses that they’re trying to grow and expand and are ultimately not being able to.”
WTOP reports, “…Bowser and Harris ordered cafe con leche a quarter sweet, upon Senior’s recommendation. Harris also ordered three empanadas: one beef, one chicken, and one carrot and leek.”
It looked like the Vice President was in separates by Dolce and Gabbana.
The Vice President wore pieces that were longtime UFOs (Unidentified Fashion Objects). It appeared she wore this Dolce and Gabbana one-button jacket with peak lapels, flap pockets at the hip, and double back vent. I have not been able to find the trousers online, so they technically remain UFO.
On Tuesday, the 5th, photos and information were released about the Vice President’s role in a video marking World Space Week. The video was shot at the Vice President’s home and the US Naval Observatory.
Wednesday, October 6, Vice President Harris met with representatives of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, often referred to as the Divine 9, nine historically Black fraternities and sororities.
The Vice President is the first member of a Divine 9 organization to be Vice President. More about the meeting from April Ryan’s Grio story.
Vice President Kamala Harris walked into the Ceremonial Room of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, just west of the White House, for an afternoon discussion with a coalition of Black Greek Letter Organization leaders on Wednesday to tackle some of the nation’s most pressing issues facing Black America — voting rights, minority business development and vaccinating Black communities.
Although Harris is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., she has always put a focus on the unity of the Divine Nine. Her sorority’s international president, Dr. Glenda Glover, sat at the head of the table of the group of Black Greek sorority and fraternity leaders.
Here you see the Vice President with Dr. Glover, who is also the President of Tennessee State University.
In this photo, you can better see the Vice President’s jacket and top.
The Vice President’s suit appears to be another Dolce and Gabbana design.
The single-breasted jacket is made of virgin wool and features wide peaked lapels, three flap pockets, and double back vent. It was available through Neiman Marcus but is now sold out. The style dates back a few years. Below, you see it and other designs in the same fabric as shown in a 2019 Corporette feature. The trousers worn by Ms. Harris are not the repair shown in the Corporette graphic; hers are a wider cut and not cropped.
I do not know the designer of the silk shell or blouse worn under the blazer, although it is similar to the Prabal Gurung styles Ms. Harris has worn.
Thursday, October 7, the Vice President hosted the second meeting of the White House Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment.
The Vice President appeared to be wearing another Dolce and Gabbana design, the Turlington Blazer ($2595). Like the other Dolce jackets, it has peaked lapels, three flap pockets, and a welted chest pocket. Ms. Harris has worn this previously.
Here is a closer look at details in photos that I digitally lightened.
Friday, October 8, the Vice President traveled to New Jersey to promote the administration’s childcare initiative, part of its Build Back Better legislation. Below, being welcomed by Representative Donald Payne Jr. Behind the VP you can also see New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy.
Ms. Harris visited Ben Samuels Children’s Center at Montclair State University.
She took part in a roundtable on the importance of childcare.
Harris, Murphy, Sherrill and a group of five educators sat down for a roundtable where Harris talked about the importance of supporting working parents before praising Murphy and Sherrill for their work and leadership.
“Since the beginning of the pandemic, two million women left the workforce,” Harris said. “The main reason that many of them did is the unavailability of child care. And let’s be very clear: A working person cannot go to work if they have children if there’s no one to take care of their children. It is that basic.”
The Vice President visited a vaccination site at Essex County College and made an unscheduled stop at Tonnie’s Minis Cupcake shop. The shop’s owner, Tonnie Rozier, is seen below left. Governor Phil Murphy is second from the left, and NJ Senator Cory Booker is on the right.
Back to NorthJersey.com’s story:
Tonnie Rozier, the owner, told Harris that it was then-mayor Cory Booker who gave him the idea to open the cupcake shop in Newark.
Senator Booker joined the vice president for the stop where she bought red velvet cupcakes and slices of carrot, pineapple coconut and sponge cake with chocolate icing.
While there, Ms. Harris met Ulani, who does her homework at the shop.
The Vice President wore what looks like another Dolce and Gabbana suit; in some photos, you can see the company’s distinctive print lining. It is a style she has worn on multiple occasions. Below, a jacket similar to the Vice President’s as shown in an eBay auction.
It’s possible Ms. Harris wore her Lafayette 148 New York Charmeuse Reversible Perla Blouse ($328).
Vice President Harris wore her Tahitian pearl necklace and earrings throughout the week, seen below as worn on a previous occasion.
The week’s ensembles demonstrate the Vice President’s penchant for buying clothing and heels in multiples, the same style in different colors and/or fabrics.