March 12, 2008 / 5:31 AM / 11 years ago

"Client 9" T-shirts hit the Web

A "Client #9" T-shirt is seen in an undated handout photo. Who really is "Client 9"? The New York Times says it's the code name for New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer in court papers that link him to a prostitution ring, but now anyone can be "Client 9" with T-shirts available online just a day after the scandal broke. REUTERS/CafePress/Handout

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Who really is “Client 9”?

The New York Times says it’s the code name for New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer in court papers that link him to a prostitution ring, but now anyone can be “Client 9” with T-shirts available online just a day after the scandal broke.

From simply “Client 9” with a large lipstick smooch over the top to “Just Call Me CLIENT 9,” designers on Web sites like www.cafepress.com and www.zazzle.com are cashing in on reports that Spitzer had hired a high-priced prostitute.

“Look like a governor in this stylish CLIENT 9 design,” one designer advertises on www.cafepress.com.

The two online retail sites allow designers to upload their own graphics to print on products such as T-shirts and mugs.

Reporting by Emily Chasan, editing by Michelle Nichols and Todd Eastham

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