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Ivanka Trump Talks Celebrity Apprentice and Nordstrom


L-R: Joan Rivers, Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, Tacey Powers; image courtesy NBC

On Monday, January 19, Nordstrom’s Tacey Powers featured on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice alongside the late Joan Rivers, Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump. Tacey is our VP Divisional Merchandising Manager of shoes and was a guest judge on the episode.

Below, see behind the scenes of the episode and read a Q&A with Ivanka Trump–that’s fashion entrepreneur Ivanka Trump, who happens to have an exclusive-to-Nordstrom shoe –about what Tacey brought to the episode, favorite wintertime travel destinations, and more.


L-R: Shawn Johnson, Kate Goesling, Ivanka Trump, Tacey Powers

What kind of perspective did Nordstrom’s own Tacey Powers bring as a guest judge on Celebrity Apprentice?
It was great to have a top executive from one of the best retailers in the world serve as a judge. Tacey was fantastic. She not only brought impressive product knowledge, but she also focused on making sure the contestants brought the Nordstrom brand to life as part of the task. Nordstrom is highly committed to personalized customer service and Tacey was razor-focused on how the contestants not only represented my shoes, but also how they treated the guests who visited the task.

Speaking of Nordstrom, let’s talk about your exclusive-to-Nordstrom Sophia pump–the Sophia.
Our goal with the Sophia pump was to design a really gorgeous silhouette that appealed to women of all ages. And every detail was considered—down to the toe (almond-shaped not rounded!). It’s a wearable height with a platform to elongate the legs without sacrificing comfort. This pump is perfect for our multidimensional customer who may be walking to the office in the morning, spending the day in meetings and then joining friends for cocktails after work.

And on a completely separate topic, it’s wintertime. Where are your favorite cold-weather vacation spots?
Over the years, I’ve spent quite a bit of time with my family at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami. Growing up, my parents would take my brothers and I to Doral every year. When we had the chance to acquire this property a few years ago for the Trump Hotel Collection, we seized the opportunity. It’s a magnificent place—truly the pinnacle of luxury.

Another favorite destination is Chilean Patagonia. Because it’s in the southern hemisphere, when it’s winter here, it’s summertime there. I’ve been twice—once by myself, and once with my husband. The Torres del Paine National Park alone is worth the journey. It’s breathtakingly beautiful.

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