March 4th, 2011
01:00 PM ET

What’s inside Mubarak's closet?

Colonel Moammar Ghadafi has his flowing robes. Kim Jong Il won’t be caught dead without his khaki suits. President Barack Obama is said to have suits that can actually stop a bullet. And what about Hosni Mubarak? Well he’s got his name all over his clothes, literally.

If you look closely at this suit worn by the recently deposed dictator of Egypt, you’ll see his name actually stitched into the pinstripes. While the spelling is the less common “Hosny" Mubarak, there is no mistaking the man wearing it.

And in case you’re interested in personalizing your own set of pinstripes, check out designers Tom James or Holland & Sherry. Just make sure you have about $25,000 to pay your tailor. And be sure to spell check their work.

soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Eric

    Name embroidery is no big deal. It's common in today's tailoring.

    March 6, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Reply
    • T.from.cairo

      ThanK u for your sensible reply...I wish people leave president mubarak alone and just forgive and let go...if they only can get on with their lives and continue what they started!!!!

      March 7, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Reply
    • liz

      it's not embroidery, it's woven into the fabric-not affixed on top of it. obviously

      March 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Reply
  2. c bernstein-bennett

    Does Donald Trump know this?

    March 6, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Reply
  3. COProgressive

    George Shultz has a suit with his name woven in too. It sure helps with keeping the pants with the jacket at the dry cleaners.

    "For the man who has everything, a pinstripe suit. But not just any pinstripes - personalized pinstripes. Former secretary of state George Shultz was the guest of honor Friday at the U.S. Institute of Peace dinner at the Hay-Adams Hotel. The organization is naming its new headquarters, at Constitution Avenue and 23rd Street NW, the George P. Shultz Great Hall, and the former statesman showed up looking very distinguished in an elegant suit.

    "Unless you got very close, you might have missed what made the pinstripes so special: The words "George Shultz" are spelled out in discreet vertical stripes running down the suit. No word on where Shultz picked up his, but similar custom suits - monogrammed with a name, company moniker, sports team or any other phrase close to your heart - run about $10,000 each."

    March 7, 2011 at 1:52 am | Reply
  4. LionOfBabylone

    Well, you guys focus on the wrong part of it. The video is not saying that this is a new thing. It is focusing on what a president is doing with the people's money who themselves are starving. $ 25,000 for a suite? How many suits could you buy with that money to dress some poor Egyptian university students in their graduation ceremony? The same of course applies to Mr. Shultz. with his $10,000 suite.

    March 7, 2011 at 7:31 am | Reply
    • Mike

      Or how many meals would $25,000 buy for the poor Egyptians, mostly working for less than $2 a day?!

      March 7, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  5. Platypus

    Must wear mink undies!

    March 7, 2011 at 8:49 am | Reply
  6. Byrd

    What's inside Mubarak's closet? Death.

    March 7, 2011 at 8:51 am | Reply
  7. George

    Disrobe Gadaffi you will find billions, disrobe Kim you will find billions, and disrobe Mubarak you will find billions. I don't think you will find anything by disrobing Obama. That is the difference between my President and their president.

    March 7, 2011 at 8:55 am | Reply
    • Walt

      You're right. it will be an empty suit.

      March 7, 2011 at 9:17 am | Reply
      • Claudy

        Just Like Reagan used to be called an empty suit.

        March 7, 2011 at 11:56 am |
    • John

      Very nice. There are so many differences here in our country we forget that in other parts of the world the difference is life and death and not "my party/your party". My president will lead for the time he is elected and then step aside in one of the miracles of the modern state. The Army will wear their dress uniforms and march in honor, not in a coup because they "think they know better". God bless America and let us continue as the city on the hill. We aren't perfect, but we are better than any alternative I know of.

      March 7, 2011 at 11:33 am | Reply
      • DBnNH

        Excellent comment, John! I feel the same way.

        March 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
      • judelamb

        Well said, John!

        March 7, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  8. bluto

    Obama does not have anything to hide in terms of stolen money.
    However, Obama does preside over a system that supports tin pot dictators all over the world: from Mubarak in Egypt (supported by the U.S. for decades) to the FEUDAL DUNGHEAP otherwise known as SAUDI ARABIA: a place where women have no rights and a corrupt king and his cronies lord over the country with no accountability.

    March 7, 2011 at 9:09 am | Reply
    • S.

      @bluto. How do you know that women have no rights in saudi arabia? There are countless women work as doctors, teachers, computer(engineers, programmers, and ect....), nurses, lab tehcs, principals, you name it they work almost in any level. The arab women are well protected by family members, and well respected amongst others. So next time before you open your mouth and talk trash, I suggest that you should do some research or ask someone that has been living in saudi arabia like myself.

      March 7, 2011 at 9:40 am | Reply
      • JV22

        So S are you suggesting women in Saudi Arabia enjoy the same freedoms that they do in the US ? If so you would be a liar.

        March 7, 2011 at 11:35 am |
      • Rod C. Venger

        What you would call "protected" by their men, we'd call enslaved...and abused. They cannot go out without a male family member as an escort. Heaven, she might be assaulted, and if she is, her "protectors" will blame her, likely kill her, for it must be HER fault...just for being a woman.

        Are they allowed to drive? No. Is that a bad thing? Not necessarily...

        March 7, 2011 at 11:55 am |
      • bnakka

        Why do american's think their form of freedom is the only way? Ok women in the middle east are not in paradise I agree. Why don't americans accept that some cultures it is not so free to roam around the streets in skimpy clothes? In third world countries women are respected too but just like in the US there are some who are barbaric and will rape a women if they are found alone. Americans act like there is no rape here. I think the US is no different than most other countries if you are rich you can do anything, if you are poor you are at fault for everything.

        March 7, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
      • Carl


        Their "form of freedom" is doing exactly what they are allowed, and they risk getting beaten to death with rocks if they don't follow the rules.

        March 7, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
      • Mike

        Well said S. But you should not waste your breath trying to convince dumb people that arabic women are respected on so many level. Let who ever does not like your comment go dig a grave and jump in it. a bunch of brain washed idiots.

        March 7, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
    • George

      America wanted oil to flow without any disruption. So we have been practicing 'pat and slap'. It means, we will pat the autocarats if people are for the leader and we will slap them if the people are against them. (eg. Mubarak, Gadafi , Saudi king, Baharin king, Omana king) We cannot blame Obama for it because that was the tradition. And, he is trying to change it by making America independent of foreign oil and until then we have to poke our nose in their affairs.

      March 7, 2011 at 9:45 am | Reply
      • Shane

        I could not have said it differently. This is the US Middle East policy since they discovered oil in Saudi Arabia in the 1930's. US foreign policy towards the Miiddle East is evolving at the moment, at least that is what you would expect, and only time will tell.

        March 7, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
      • Rod C. Venger

        Not True! Reagan shouted, "Tear down this wall!". Obama has had two years to DEMAND changes from any dictatorship he chose to. The American people survived the oil embargo of the 70's and we'd survive another one. Instead, he's taken the easy road and regularly issues statements of concern through Hillary Clinton about many countries. But he's done nothing. When Mubarak was going down, Obama didn't even have the courage to take sides. He neither condemned Mubarak nor gave any speeches propelling the Egyptian people forward towards freedom. Not knowing who would come out on top, he chose to straddle the fence. We've relied on Mubarak as a moderating force for decades and both abandoned him in his hour of need...for fear as being seen as oppressors...and gave no support to his people. Late night phone calls to the man likely made him regret every getting into bed with the US. Obama, on 3 occasions now, has proved to be an unreliable and spineless friend to all concerned...dictators we've given billions to as well as their people. He's not fit to lead a marching band.

        March 7, 2011 at 12:06 pm |
    • bluto

      From CNN on May 2009: Saudi judge rules it is OK for husbands to slap spendthrift wives
      Public beheadings are legal in Saudi Arabia.
      Married women can be legally executed by the Saudi state if they have a love affair outside marriage
      Women cannot interact with men who are not related to them.

      March 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Reply
  9. mera

    Allow the sick man to go away peacefully.Why this did not matter few years ago? Is it becoz he was too strong to be ousted or is it now becoz he is weak.Does Americans do anything about so many people like Mubarak who have accumulated so much wealth before they show fingers at other part of the world. Why American people do not ask about the expenses of President and First lady,or Prince willium and his fiance's wedding and costume..Sometimes it is a wonder why God created people insted of only animals and plants.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:04 am | Reply
  10. Zucukerbeg

    did you know?..he actually have $100,000 worth tatoo on his penis too..all from the public money

    March 7, 2011 at 11:06 am | Reply
    • George

      That is not tatoo you crazy. It is his Swiss Bank Account Number. The number will be visible when it get erected

      March 7, 2011 at 11:25 am | Reply
    • PAUL

      Mubarack has his name on his suit, my mother used to put my name on my coat too! his cost 25k, my cost 1$ sharpie, yes...priceless.

      March 7, 2011 at 11:26 am | Reply
  11. Beno

    @mera. Although your spelling and grammar need polishing, I really like your last sentence "Sometimes it is a wonder why God created people insted(sic) of only animals and plants." Fantastic observation. I'm going to post it on my FaceBook.

    March 7, 2011 at 11:22 am | Reply
    • mera

      thanks,Beno.I will polish my english ,becoz it is the language from England

      March 7, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Reply
  12. PJ

    I hope his greedy sons lose all of their money too. Especially the one who is upset about not being able to go on Safari as he had planned i.e. the soccer player. The whole family needs to be wiped out.

    March 7, 2011 at 11:35 am | Reply
  13. JohnOBX

    If RuPaul jumped out with 6 inch stiletto heels and a fruit basket on his head, I might be impressed.

    March 7, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Reply
  14. Jim

    I'd rather do a $400 haircut.

    March 7, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Reply
  15. Hasan

    Wish Khaled Islamboli was never going to miss Mubarak when he shot President Sadat dead. DOwn with Dictatores.

    March 7, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Reply
  16. Mohammad Hammad- Jaddah- Suadia Arabia

    If there is only one country on this earth that needs liberation from corruption it my country! Wait and will see.. deaths will be in thousands... a price that we have to pay any way!!!!!!!!

    March 7, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Reply
  17. Mohamed Z. Rahaman

    Mubarak won't have to worry. Soon, he'll soon be enjoying time at the Egyptian people's expense again – at their version of Federal Hotel and they will even have a new wardrobe of pin stripes for teh ex dictator... the horizontal kind.

    March 7, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Reply
  18. Chris S.

    This article has "NON-STORY" woven into it.

    March 7, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Reply
  19. Ken Cole

    I found a much cheaper way of getting my name displayed on the clothes I wear.

    March 7, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Reply
  20. Bsitz

    Most of you coming on here pointing the finger at Murbarak also follow the catholic church. Where a man is walking around in golden robes and weird hats in his own city. But thats ok....vow of poverty my @$$

    March 7, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Reply
  21. elidude

    That's American f*ing taxpayer $...! 25k for a suit? Who the f was paying this guy and his country 5 billion, knowing full well much was being wasted? While children go hungry in America! May those pol.s rot!

    March 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Reply

    Fareed Zakaria looks like a tanned skeletor

    March 7, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Reply
  23. Tom

    Guess it's better than having your name written on your underwear's waistband.

    March 7, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Reply
  24. Reginald Smash

    What a waste of money. That $25K could have paid LeBron James' salary for almost 3/4 of a whole day!

    March 7, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Reply
  25. Yuk Peddy

    I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am the prod.

    August 10, 2011 at 10:11 am | Reply
  26. Ricardo Lana

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    May 4, 2013 at 5:20 am | Reply
  27. Mario Rojas Custom Tailors

    well said john!!

    February 25, 2014 at 11:41 am | Reply

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