LVMH vs. The Hangover II

Keywords: lvmh, the hangover 

This is the most random lawsuit that I have heard in a very long time (not that I pay much attention to random lawsuits, but I am sure you don’t either). According to The Hollywood Reporter, the fashion mega label LVMH (the umbrella label for Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, Fendi, and many, many more) is at war with Warner Brothers over the scene in The Hangover II in which Zach Galifianakis is carrying a bag marked LVM. As I am sure many of you recall from the movie, he goes on to say “Careful that is…that is a LouiS Vuitton”. Seems innocent enough right? WRONG!

We all know that you can take a stroll down to Chinatown and pay $30 for a bag that looks almost identical to a $2,000 Louis Vuitton, but have you ever thought about where those faux designer bags come from? There is multi-billion dollar market out there for the production of faux luxury goods, this black market industry not only supports child labor but is linked to human trafficking, drug smuggling and many other terrible black market industries.

In the book “Deluxe, How Luxury Lost Its Luster” author Dana Thomas tells of the horrors of how counterfeit goods are produced.  In one passage she  states ”I remember walking into an assembly plant in Thailand a couple of years ago and seeing six or seven little children, all under 10 years old, sitting on the floor assembling counterfeit leather handbags,’ an investigator told me… ‘The owners had broken the children’s legs and tied the lower leg to the thigh so the bones wouldn’t mend. [They] did it because the children said they wanted to go outside and play.”

That said, there is more to this lawsuit than the executives at LVMH being easily offended. The next time you are tempted to by a Folex or Louis look-a-like, think about where the bag came from. Also remember you would look way cooler wearing this adorable bag from Aldo for $50 than wearing a “Gucci” bag with backwards G’s.