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The White House Selects Swans Island as one of the official gifts for the visiting delegation from Ireland March 17, 2009
The White House has selected a shamrock green blanket throw made by Swans Island of Maine as one of the gifts for the delegation from Ireland meeting March 17, 2009, given by First Lady Michelle Obama. The throw is made from the finest wool, from yarn spun in the United States and woven on American made hand looms in the traditions of our fore fathers. Even the custom box it is presented in is made in the USA.
Swans Island President Bill Laurita said, in explaining how his blanket came to be chosen, "I feel like I have the luck of the Irish! We had sent some samples of our blankets along with fabric samples and it just so happened one of those fabric samples was green. We really weren't thinking St. Patrick's Day, we were thinking more along the line of First Lady Michelle Obama's designer eye and taste for beautiful rich colors."
As it happened, the green was chosen for this specific event. Even luckier, Swans Island had been working on a green blanket — it was still on the loom. Jumping to action, the blanket was finished to their specifications, cut off the loom and hemmed in Swans Island signature silk hem. A custom tag was made for the blanket stating, "Custom Designed for Michelle Obama".
Swans Island products were selected for presentation to the new administration by Capital Gifts and Awards of Annapolis, MD a company that specializes in Protocol Gifts. Chris Harkins, President, said "I have provided Protocol gifts for over 30 years, it is rare to find such a gem of a company and beautiful product to present. You sometimes feel like everything has been offered before, and then come across a company like Swans Island where true artistic craftsmanship and the highest standards of quality and design meet to create a testament to what we as American people are capable of producing."