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'Everybody will get their mittens': maker of Bernie Sanders' mittens forges business partnership


The teacher who created the recycled wool mittens that Bernie Sanders wore to the presidential inauguration and which triggered endless social media memes is now partnering with the Vermont Teddy Bear Company to meet soaring demand.

Some of the proceeds will go to the Make-A-Wish Vermont charity.

“I can’t be more thrilled, because I personally can’t make 18,000 pairs of mittens,” Jen Ellis said on Saturday, estimating how many people had contacted her. “Everybody will get their mittens – everybody.”

People take a selfie in front of artist Jonas Never’s mural of Senator Bernie Sanders in Culver City, California.
People take a selfie in front of artist Jonas Never’s mural of Senator Bernie Sanders in Culver City, California. Photograph: Chris Delmas/AFP/Getty Images

Ellis, a Vermont elementary school teacher who has a side business making mittens out of recycled wool, gave Sanders a pair as a gift and he wore them to Joe Biden’s inauguration.

His fashion and huddled, frozen appearance then sparked countless memes, as superimposed photos of the former presidential candidate taking a seat on the subway, the moon, the couch with the cast of Friends, and other creative locales became a social media sensation.

It’s not clear when the first mittens will be available for purchase. Those interested in getting a pair can leave an email at the company’s website.

Marmite the dog sniffs a miniature Bernie Sanders in South London, created by Beth Walk.
Marmite the dog sniffs a miniature Bernie Sanders in South London, created by Beth Walk. Photograph: Jill Mead/The Guardian

In the past, Vermont Teddy Bear has made special bears to raise money for Make-A-Wish Vermont, and it recently gave office space to the organization for $1 a year, said James Hathaway, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Vermont.

“We are so grateful to Vermont Teddy Bear, Jen, and of course to Bernie for being so Bernie,” Hathaway said in a statement.



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