Monday, November 05, 2007

Seen + Heard

Who's interested in useless gossip? I am! Anyways, the word is that for the Spring RTW shows in Paris, someone at Louis Vuitton thought it would be a good idea to fly out the top five Vuitton clients to the show. Apparently, one of these clients was a woman from Seattle, who last year alone spent somewhere around $300,000 on Louis Vuitton clothing. As Vuitton clothing isn't available in the Seattle boutique, she was probably flying to San Francisco (like chic and wealthy Seattleites seem to like) or elsewhere to shop. So LVMH flies her out to Paris and she gets to see the show and meet the people behind the scenes, which sounds like an amazing experience. That is, until LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton head Bernard Arnault asked her about her experience. The woman seemed upset and let Arnault hear about it. Somebody at Vuitton had the audacity to fly her out coach, then put her up in a regular room in a three star hotel, obviously insulting this woman's dignity. She made it clear that if she had known how Vuitton had chosen to accommodate her, she would have chartered her own private jet and booked the penthouse suite of a nicer hotel. And she said this straight in the face of Monsieur Arnault. Keep in mind, Arnault is the richest person in France and 7th richest in the world. He's one of the most influential and powerful forces in fashion. Of course, Arnault was upset with whoever set the woman up with such pitiful travel plans, and I'm betting that person is now out of a job. Sucks for them! Anyways, that's the word...

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