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Louis Vuitton Is Suing Darfur Charity?

Fashion conglomerate Louis Vuitton is suing 26 year old Nadia Plesner for using a LV look-alike handbag on a t-shirt and poster she designed to call attention to tragedies in Darfur. All the proceeds are donated to the charity "Divest for Darfur."

Constant media attention given to insignificant topics motivated the independent artist's "Simple Living" pieces. She explains on her website:

My thought was: Since doing nothing but wearing designerbags and small ugly dogs appearantly is enough to get you on a magasine cover, maybe it is worth a try for people who actually deserves and needs attention.

Louis Vuitton caught wind of the campaign and sent Nadia a cease and desist letter. She declined and responded: "Sometimes recognizable objects are needed to express deeper meanings, and in their new form they become more than the objects themselves – they become art."

Do you think less of LV for trying to stop a good cause, or is the company justified in defending its brand against an unfair connection to genocide? Should the law provide Nadia the freedom to express her outrage, and make money for charity while she's at it?


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sunshineee9 sunshineee9 9 years
Did it actually have the LV logo on the ad? It said a look alike. Since it wasn't actually Louis Vitton, I don't think LV should be sueing the artist. Honestly, I think LV had nothing better to do. They should be donating big bucks to the charity instead of sueing it. I completely agree with the artist. I now think less of LV.
amber_castaldo amber_castaldo 9 years
LV is so well known and replicated, it represents all that is the "American Dream" I understand why LV would sue but I also understand why the artist used it as a handbag. I don't think just using any handbag would have made as big of an impact.
sundaygreen sundaygreen 9 years
i think it's a bit ridiculous to suggest that LV should 'go along with it' and 'work with her' - when the entire concept of their company & brand is being used negatively and basically being tied directly with darfur (whether that was her intent or not). i agree with syako on this - she could have communicated her message just as clearly without depicting a specific brand. if she had shown the kid holding a giant starbucks frappuccino, the message would have essentially been the same. and do you think starbucks would have sued her? for sure. anyway, i think what it comes down to is that it's so easy for people to misinterpret what she's trying to say.
TFS TFS 9 years
maybe paris hilton should sue to for using tinkerbell.:]
frostfromfire frostfromfire 9 years
Hmm. Is it an honor? Not so much. However, if I were LV, I would definitely use this opportunity to look good. Yes, this t-shirt is doing its best to ridicule you and everything your company stands for: extravagance. However, I would work hard to use this free publicity to make yourselves look good. Suing is not really wrong, and I totally see LV's right to do so. However, is it not more clever to try a different angle? Just because LV is recognizably a symbol of "too much money" does not mean they have to succumb to this label, which is what suing is doing.
rafaela-losardo rafaela-losardo 9 years
I think its brilliant. And LV suing them is just going to bring more attention to the charity and to the issue. So either way...whether they win or not, it really shouldn't be about that.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 9 years
I can see both sides of this issue. LV of course doesn't want people to associate it's bags with tragedy in Darfur, but Nadia is brilliant for this imagery. Perhaps LV would be better to team up with her to bring awareness (and some $$) to this campaign rather than treatening to sue her!!
Jenny86 Jenny86 9 years
Well, she didn't want to back down, so I say they have the right to sue her. However, I commend her for not backing down to support the cause.
LuvLeoDiCaprio LuvLeoDiCaprio 9 years
Sorry it makes me think less of LV, they have all that money and it's not like she's using it for profit it's for charity. LV should have lectured her and then maybe worked with her.
Bettyesque Bettyesque 9 years
She should have gotten permission but what a great way to portray the lack of subsistence in this world.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Oh boy do I have stories! But I got to head home now through the protests in Union park. Oh joy. Bye! :wave: :hug:
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
I didn't know what a rave was until I went to college. Then i only kind of knew.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
I was in the rave seen back in the day. back in the day was a Wednesday btw.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
I think that is what the artist was going for, a Paris Hilton type feel.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
cine: okay i have no idea. hypnotic: i am not sure what gender that little person is. it looks like it's privates have been artistically left blank.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
You know it just struck me. Is that suppose to be Paris Hilton as a little black boy?
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Umm.... Dr. Octogon, DJ Dan, Donald Glaud, Carl Cox
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
what is jungle and trance? i mean I know what they are but who are the artists?
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
You totally might be his long lost twin! Have a great walk!
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
have a good night Cabaker! see you later! :)
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
I love rugged men. But I am not marrying one.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
I love jungle and trance too! your fiance and i were separated at birth!! :)
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
i hear ya! you need to find your local Marine base and go there! a lot of those guys fit the country buy still dress nice and take care of themselves bill... Should I start giving out your digits?? Ok ladies I'm off for a walk on this beautiful day! Have a great night!!
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Ha! Cabaker if my fiance got a pickup and started to listen to new country I would think it was invader of the body snatcher. My fiance loves House and jungle and trance. He can go on forever about that topic. I really dispise new country. I love me some old country music. I am sure we will find something to settle on for our get together :highfive: And I love Sangria. This sounds like such a fun get together :highfive:
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