Drip Drip George

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Washington ruined his teeth using them to crack walnut shells. His dentures were made from human and cow teeth, ivory, and lead. None of his teeth were wood. A little spring inside the dentures helped them open and close. The fake teeth caused him great discomfort and were one of the reasons he rarely smiled.

George’s formal education ended at 11 years old. When his father died, he was then forced to work the family's tabacco farm.

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Washington is believed responsible for creating the mule stock that powered early American agriculture. Washington created mules by breeding a horse with a donkey. Mules are reputed to be patient and strong, like the donkey and intelligent and agreeable like the horse. 

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George did not wear a wig, his hair, styled to look like a wig, was all his! The barber was a constant need, and Washington's ledger shows expenditures for perfumed hair-powder and pomade.

A market trait of Washington's character was his particularity about his clothes. Born to a wealthy family in Virginia, Washington was aware from a young age of the place fine clothes occupied in high society. 

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Foreign fashions were so much finer than those in the colonies at that time, George’s taste overcame his patriotism. Imported goods from England, were banned after the war, so Americans who were fashion conscious switched their clothing allegiances to France.

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When GW became Commander in Chief of the Continental Army in 1775 the troops didn’t have a unifying uniform. Washington declared that blue jackets, white breeches and tricorn hats were the new American uniform. Morale turned around thanks to Washington’s branding efforts.

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Louis Vuitton, a French brand, is the most valuable luxury brand in the world, with a brand value of about 51.8 billion U.S. dollars in 2020. 

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Louis Vuitton ran away from home at 13 years old. At the age of 10, his mother died, and his father followed soon after. He had a difficult relationship with his stepmother so at 13, Vuitton left home. Vuitton traveled approximately 292 miles to Paris.  When he arrived, two years later, he apprenticed under a successful trunk maker and packer. Vuitton gained a reputation amongst Paris' most elite seeking his services.