Lending her Hand
Popular Washington jewelry and accessories designer Ann Hand is getting into the White House campaign spirit with a new line of crystal-laden candidate pins — and on silverplate settings, no less.
Ms. Hand has designed shimmering pins for each of the candidates, including “Hillary 2008,” “Edwards 2008,” “Obama 2008,” “McCain 2008,” and “Giuliani 2008.”
“We don’t have one for Fred Thompson yet,” the designer told Inside the Beltway on May 8, but if and when the former Tennessee Republican senator and actor announces his candidacy, she will have a pin designed and ready to wear “within two weeks.”
Otherwise, she looks forward to gauging the popularity of each candidate through individual pin sales.
“We’ll be doing our own rhinestone poll,” she says. “We have the pins in our windows in both stores [Georgetown and Palisades], and they’re already proving quite popular.”
For nearly 20 years, Ms. Hand has designed pins worn by first ladies, Cabinet members, ambassadors, senators and congresswomen. She’s also designed the official pin worn by spouses of the House of Representatives, brooches for all of the armed services, even cufflinks and power ties for the men of Washington.