California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Shops for Holiday Gifts at Roots
Monday, 17 December 2007
LOS ANGELES – California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger spent more than an hour at the Roots store in Beverly Hills store over the weekend, making several purchases for the upcoming holidays.

photo.jpg Accompanied by his aides, Mr. Schwarzenegger bought a selection of vegetable-tanned leather bags and scarves for his daughters.
Accompanied by his aides, Mr. Schwarzenegger bought a selection of vegetable-tanned leather bags and scarves for his daughters.

By coincidence, Roots Co-Founder Michael Budman happened to be at the store when the Governor arrived unannounced and without prior notice. The two have been friends since the 1980s and Mr. Schwarzenegger has long been a fan of Roots, appreciating that many of its products are still made in its own factory in Toronto.

“Arnold has a real presence,” says Michael. “He’s extremely personable and clearly appreciates people. When he entered the store, there was an immediate buzz in the air and a frenzy of activity as people came from all over the area to catch a glimpse of Arnold in the store. It added a great dimension to our already busy Saturday with so many shoppers making their Christmas purchases.”

During his visit to the store, Michael and Mr. Schwarzenegger discussed the custom-designed briefcases that Roots is currently making for him in Toronto.

Last spring, while visiting Toronto as head of a trade mission to Canada, Mr. Schwarzenegger received a specially made Roots genuine leather bag, tanned in an eco-friendly process (vegetable tanned). While presenting him with the bag at an event in his honour, Michael commended the Governor for his political courage and conviction in making the environment such a high priority of his administration.

Since taking office in 2003, Mr. Schwarzenegger has enacted some of the most progressive environmental policies in the world, especially on the issue of lowering greenhouse gases. It was largely due to his environmental work that the Economic Club of Toronto chose the Governor for its 2007 Newsmaker of the Year Award.
 
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