The Shmooze

On Sale: iPad Cases Made of Bernie Madoff's Clothing

By Nathan Burstein

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Bernie Madoff has already inspired his own hot sauce, so why not a line of iPad covers?

Frederick James, a company that specializes in iPad cases, has unveiled a new line with an unusually intimate connection to the “notorious felon,” as the Ponzi schemer is described on the firm’s website. In addition to collections including The Island, The Jungle and The Office, Frederick James is now offering The Bernie Madoff, a line made from clothing once owned by the Jewish con artist and all-around shonda. The company acquired Madoff’s apparel during an auction overseen by the U.S. Marshals Service, and is now charging between $250 and $500 for each iPad cover. For those interested in knowing more about Madoff’s physical dimensions, the new line is revealing: Madoff apparently had a 35-inch waist during the good old days, before his scheme was discovered and he was sentenced to 150 years in prison.

Social media Web site Mashable reports that the iPad cases are a hit, selling out as soon as they appear online.

Unlike Madoff’s financial services, the covers come with a disclaimer: they are designed for style over function, and can’t be counted on to protect iPads in the event that they are dropped.


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