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There’s been quite a bit of back and forth regarding who was the true winner of last night’s debate, with the glaring audience member, the Hillary Clinton fly and the man, the myth, the legend — uncommitted voter Kenneth Bone — all drawing pretty equal positive attention from Twitter.
However, as the morning wore on, and footage of Bone snapping pics of the candidates on his disposable camera surfaced, it became apparent that Bone and his now-infamous red sweater are the ultimate breakout stars. And to America’s delight, both returned to the small screen Monday.
“I don’t see how I could not have worn the red sweater this morning,” Bone told Carol Costello on Newsroom. “It’s more famous than me.”
However, as the St. Louis native later revealed, The Sweater almost didn’t happen. “I had a really great olive suit that I love a great deal and that my mother would have been very proud to see me wearing on television,” he said. “But apparently I gained about 30 pounds, and when I went to get in my car the morning of the debate, I split the seat of my pants all the way open.”
The cable-knit quarter zip is from Izod, one of the Heritage Brands under the PVH Corp (Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger) umbrella. The exact sweater, which is now sold out at JC Penney and Macy’s, is only available in size 2XL on Amazon for $27 (but hurry, only one left in stock!).
However a very similar style, which features heather gray trim around the collar, is still available at a handful of Izod retailers including Kohl’s — which Izod linked to in a tweet amidst the post-debate Sweater hysteria.
— IZOD (@IZOD) October 10, 2016
“Amid the rancor of Sunday night’s debate, one American — and his sweater — stood out: Ken Bone and his red Izod cable knit,” said the brand in a statement to Pret-a-Reporter on Tuesday morning. “We commend Ken on his cool demeanor and earnest question and his wife for choosing his sweater.”
But wait, there’s more! In case the “Town Hall” look isn’t your style, you can purchase your very own “Bone Zone” merch from Barstool Sports for only $28, because America. More T-shirt suggestions from Twitter include slogans such as “Yes We Ken” and “A Star Is Bone.” (Are you listening, Urban Outfitters?)
Meanwhile, Bone has spent the better part of the morning enjoying his newfound fame. “I went last night from having seven Twitter followers, two of which were my Grandmother because she had to remake her account when she forgot her password, to…several hundred.”
Never change, Ken Bone.
9:20 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11: Updated with a statement from Izod.
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