The other wardrobe mystery

THE OTHER WARDROBE MYSTERY…. In all sincerity, I had no intention of returning to the subject of Sarah Palin’s $150,000 campaign wardrobe, but there’s been one unexpected twist.

Up until now, the question has been, “Why did the RNC spend so much money on clothing and accessories?” This afternoon, a report from the New York Times generated a new question: “Why don’t the numbers add up?”

Some of the fashion experts consulted Wednesday, for instance, about the $150,000 in purchases that appeared on Federal Election Commission records were puzzled by where all of that money had gone, given what they had seen of Ms. Palin’s wardrobe.

Consider also the $4,902.45 charge at Atelier New York, a high-end men’s store, presumably for Ms. Palin’s husband, Todd, the famous First Dude.

Karlo Steel, an owner there, said he had gone through the store’s receipts for September, twice, and found no sales that matched that amount, nor any combination of sales that added up to the total. Because the store carries aggressively directional men’s wear, he caters to a small clientele and knows most of his customers by name, as well as the history of their purchases…. “We have no recollection of that sale and no idea what they are talking about,” Mr. Steel said.

Similarly, the RNC records show a charge of $98 at a high-end children’s boutique in Minneapolis, but after going through their receipts, the store owners found no record of the sale.

And here I thought the story was odd enough before.