The most amazing thing happened yesterday. As I was boarding a flight to Washington, DC, where I was to participate in a number of store events, I got the following email out of the blue-
“I worked for Slaughter for five years. She was one of (if not, the) greatest women I ever knew. It was such a privileged and an honor to work for her. I miss her everyday. She used to talk about these suits so often, and was so proud of the suit you were going to make for her. She used to talk about it all the time and brag about representing this line. Reading this brought tears to my eyes. I just want to say thank you for honoring her. I still work on Capitol Hill, for the Rules Committee – which she used to chair – and try and find ways to honor her daily. I hope to see her collection walking the halls of Congress soon!”
I, of course, responded right away and mentioned that by happy coincidence I was on my way to DC and asked if she would be interested in being fitted for a suit, which she was. She added “Also, if you have any free time today or tomorrow and want to come by the Capitol I can give you a tour and show you the Rules Committee she used to chair and her portrait that hanging.”
I was thrilled by the opportunity to see Louise’s former office, to see her portrait hanging in the Committee chamber, and have a private tour of the House of Representatives, where we sat and listened to debate , as well as the crypt and the halls of the Senate. What an amazing opportunity, yet again thanks to Louise.