Jackie Kennedy Onassis
Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy (July 28, 1929 – May 19, 1994) was the wife of the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy; she served as First Lady during his presidency from 1961 until his assassination in 1963.
She is remembered for her contributions to the art and refurbishment of the White House. During her husband’s short-lived presidency, she was a great asset helping to gain the admiration of the press and public opinion.
Jacqueline was born in New York to a wealth stockbroking family. Her family were wealthy, Catholic and Republican. Though, when she met her future husband John, she was willing to switch political allegiances, taking little interest in actual political ideologies.
She gained a degree in French Literature from the George Washington University, in Washington D.C. During her degree, she spent a year in France. After graduating, she was hired as a photojournalist for the Washington Times-Herald. She was also a leading light of the local social circles – attending many high profile social engagements. It was at such dinner parties that she met then Senator John F Kennedy. They shortly became engaged and married in 1953 in Newport, Rhode Island.
Her social charm and grace endeared herself to the public and also visiting leaders. For example, when the Russian Premier, Khrushchev visited, he made a point of wanting to shake the hand of Jacqueline before her husband.
In 1961, the Kennedy’s made a very popular visit to France. Jacqueline was in her element as she could speak French and her sense of fashion and charm (especially her pillbox hats) endeared her to the French public and the French leader Charles de Gaulle.
However, it was on November 22nd that Jacqueline’s life was forever changed by the assassination of her husband, John F Kennedy during an open car tour of Dallas, Texas. Her stoicism and dignity in the light of the shocking tragedy was a defining image of this traumatic event in American history.
Following the assassination, she retreated from public view and tried to maintain a private life with her children. In 1968, John’s brother Robert was assassinated. This was another traumatic event because she had been close to Robert helping his campaign. She also feared for the safety of her children in America. With this in mind, she decided to marry the wealthy Greek shipping magnate, Aristotle Onassis – despite Onassis being 20 years her senior.
The marriage was not greeted with much enthusiasm by the American press, who felt they were losing their Jacqueline to a foreign billionaire; Jacqueline endured a rare bout of public criticism. After the marriage, she was also hounded by paparazzi photographers which caused her much distress.
In 1975, Aristotle Onassis died, leaving Jacqueline, a widow for the second time. She spent some time working for a publisher. She also campaigned for the arts and preservation of American heritage. In the 1970s, she played a leading role in saving the Grand Central Terminal in New York from demolition.
In 1991, she met the Clintons and helped the campaign of Bill Clinton for the White House; she also advised Hilary Clinton on how to raise a child in the White House.
Jacqueline died in May 1994 from a form of cancer. She left an estate valued at $200, to her two children Caroline and John. She remains one of the most popular first ladies of all time.
Onassis Krown was inspired by two figures; one real and one fictional. The "Onassis" comes from Aristotle Onassis who was once considered the richest man in the world and married Jackie Kennedy years after her late husband, President John F Kennedy, had passed. They both were known for their luxurious sense of style & fashion!
The other comes from the movie "The Thomas Crown Affair" played by Pierce Bronson (former James Bond). The character Thomas Crown was a wealthy billionaire with a strong fashion sense and swagger who was an adventure-seeker, business mogul and ladies man! He stole a priceless painting from an art museum and then returned it just for the fun/challenge of it. Thus was born Onassis Krown spelled with a "K" to represent Knowledge & Kings and to give it an urban flair!
As a combination of these two figures, it is designed to inspire the wearer that anything in life is achievable but to remember to always have fun in the process of pursuing your dreams! "If you like the finer things in life... it's OK!" - Onassis Krown