Erdoğan 'makes his own fashion,' Turkey’s semi-official agency says
AA PhotoBetter known by his day job of running the country as president of the Turkish Republic, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has found a new pursuit to draw some of his time: Making his own fashion.
Turkey’s semi-official news agency went the extra mile by interviewing a fashion designer and three top-level managers of Turkish fashion brands about Erdoğan’s new sartorial departure.
“The 'prestogal,' which is the jacket model that Erdoğan often wears, has previously not been very popular in Turkey, but recently we see more people wearing such checkered suits,” fashion designer Levon Kordonciyan said.
“President Erdoğan is the man who brought the checkered fashion to Turkey. Nobody influences our president; he does not follow the world, but rather he creates his own fashion,” Kordonciyan added.
Anadolu Agency noted that the designer is the son of the identically named Levon Kordonciyan, who was sent to Paris for fashion education by Turkey’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.
“Our president uses the timeless colors well. He presents a good harmony between his physical attributes and his style,” said Süleyman Orakçıoğlu, the chairman of ORKA Holding, which owns Turkish men fashion brands like Damat, Tween and D’S Damat.
Orakçıoğlu also claimed that the Turkish president “makes better choices than other world leaders” in fashion, while adding that these choices could even be improved if he starts to pick “cold tones of warm colors for his shirts and ties.”
“Presidents usually work as ambassadors of their national brands. I believe that our president always supports us in this regard,” he stated.
‘Tailor-made for RTE’
Cemalettin Sarar, the chairman of Sarar Grup, spoke of his pride that his brand had managed to “enter the wardrobe of Erdoğan.”
“We serve his taste and style with our personal tailoring brand Sartoria. We occasionally work with him through his own ‘RTE’ brand,” Sarar added, referring to the initials of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.