We were dismayed to see the cover of the May 2009 issue of XXL Magazine, which features a photo of Rick Ross wearing a pair of sunglasses prominently featuring counterfeit Louis Vuitton trademarks. Because the photo has generated considerable confusion among your readers and Louis Vuitton customers among others, we feel it is important to clarify several points.
The first is that the sunglasses Mr. Ross is wearing were not made by Louis Vuitton, and in fact, are counterfeit. Louis Vuitton did not grant permission to Mr. Ross or to whoever did make the sunglasses to use our trademarks. The second is that no affiliation, sponsorship or association exists between Rick Ross or XXL and Louis Vuitton. The third is that counterfeiting is illegal.
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to correct the confusion.
Michael D. Pantalony, Esq.
Louis Vuitton Malletier
We’ve said it before, unless what you’re wearing is authentic… Louis Vuitton will come down on you. Remember Ruben Studdard, Britney Spears, Jim Jones, Da Brat, Danity Kane (need I go on?)
Advice, getting the cover is cool… if you’ve got the opportunity for that kind of publicity and want to wear some killer shades… go to the Louis Vuitton boutique. If you don’t want to spend that kind of cash, come to Fashionphile for a sweet pair of authentic pre-owned Louis Vuitton, or Chanel etc. etc sunglasses for less than retail!