A Big Faux Pas

14bosenephewI do apologize for the huge faux pas committed by me about Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his shawl erroneously mentioned as a Louis Vuitton shawl. Thank you to all those who enlightened me.

But tell me has Modi Ji not committed a faux pas too by landing in Paris draped in stole/shawl that looked very much like a Louis Vuitton stole? LV is headquartered in Paris and the nation’s PM should had been advised not to drape a shawl that is a LV look-alike at their backyard.

Readers educated me that the LV look-alike shawl is made by Vimal (a Reliance Group company) and is sold online on Flipkart. I always wrote about how online shopping has become the haven for fake goods and this LV look-alike shawl selling from Flipkart proves my point. Reliance indulging in shawls that look like a reputed global brand is a shameless act too.

If it wasn’t for PM Narendra Modi spotted in that Louis Vuitton look-alike stole, LV wouldn’t just make a statement that it wasn’t a LV product but would have sued the manufacturer and retailers for millions of dollars. Read my earlier post on how Adidas has sued Marc Jacobs for imitating the iconic ‘Adidas Stripes’http://wp.me/p1C8a1-u0t

5 thoughts on “A Big Faux Pas

  1. Anthead

    When did LV copyright a checkerboard pattern? I find it extremely annoying how French companies whine about copyright all the time and then turn around and rip off art from all over the world and appropriate it. My problem with the shawl is that it’s butt ugly – seriously there are absolutely gorgeous jamawar shawls made in India – why couldn’t he have picked one of those instead?

  2. shivani

    What abt some desi designers blatantly copying (as they say inspired by) 😉 the international designers??

  3. Anthead

    I don’t understand where all this bleeding heart copyright concern goes when Hermes rips off traditional Kantha embroidery and tries to pass off as its own. Or how for years they’ve ripped off Indian and Persian miniature paintings in their scarf designs. Or how the kurta is now being passed off as “long top with slits” – very creative – rofl!

    (not accusing you of anything Jack – you are fair and balanced in your criticism. Just the faux outrage of Twitter timewasters)

  4. wren

    Or the Paisley design that takes cue from the shape of the mango, a motif that’s been adopted from Tamil Nadu (temple jewellery) to Kashmir (shawls).

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