“I have great news! I partner with Teddy Bear in Vermont to produce Bernie’s mittens [Sanders] for everyone !! ” Jennifer Ellis, a teacher in Vermont, announced Saturday, January 30 on Twitter that she could meet the colossal demand born of the craze on social networks sparked by the photo of the US senator wearing these gloves. She said part of the proceeds would go to charity.
“I knew there was a way to get them to you – and I found it !! “exclaimed the teacher, who suddenly became famous after the photo of Bernie Sanders wearing her mittens at President Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony went around the world.
This 42-year-old teacher had, until then, ” a quiet life “ in his small town of Essex Junction, Vermont. Fan of the socialist senator, convinced ecologist, she had sent him a pair of mittens – in recycled wool, lined with fleece made from plastic bottles also recycled – after her defeat against Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary for the 2016 presidential election, for console him. She knew from common knowledge that he liked them, nothing more.
Then last year, when “Bernie” was trying his luck again for the presidential election, she learned that he had lent the mittens to someone who had cold hands. “I was so touched that I sent him 10 other pairs”, she explained to Agence France-Presse (AFP).
13,000 emails from interested parties
It had already earned him a mini-buzz, but without comparison with the one around him since January 20: his phone rings constantly, his e-mail box has exploded. And an infinite number of memes – images created by Internet users, showing the socialist senator from Vermont, soon in his 80s, bundled up in his down jacket and mittens, superimposed on Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper or other famous paintings – ignited the social networks.
“Many, many of you have been looking to buy a pair of these great looking mittens. Unfortunately, I don’t really make them anymore. But I want to be sure you get a pair ”, explained the teacher in a video posted on the website of the firm Teddy Bear.
Jennifer Ellis told AFP that she had received some 13,000 emails from people wishing to buy these mittens. “And not just a pair, they want a lot. “