Vuit­ton pulls pieces in­spired by Jack­son

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In a move to dis­tance it­self from the late pop star Michael Jack­son, Louis Vuit­ton is pulling pieces from its fall and win­ter 2019 men’s col­lec­tion that ap­pear to di­rectly ref­er­ence Jack­son’s artistry and legacy.

Of­fi­cials for the French luxury brand said that the de­ci­sion comes in the wake of the sex­ual abuse al­le­ga­tions in­volv­ing Jack­son and mi­nors that were the fo­cus of the doc­u­men­tary “Leav­ing Nev­er­land,” which pre­miered this month on HBO.

“We find the al­le­ga­tions in the doc­u­men­tary deeply trou­bling and dis­turb­ing,” said Michael Burke, Louis Vuit­ton’s chair­man and chief ex­ec­u­tive, in a state­ment re­leased Thurs­day. “Child safety and wel­fare is of ut­most im­por­tance to Louis Vuit­ton. We are fully com­mit­ted to ad­vo­cat­ing this cause.”

Louis Vuit­ton of­fi­cials stressed that they were un­aware of “Leav­ing Nev­er­land” at the time of the brand’s fall and win­ter 2019 men’s show in Jan­uary and that the men’s col­lec­tion wasn’t solely in­spired by Jack­son. (The fall/win­ter 2019 Louis Vuit­ton men’s pieces will be in stores start­ing in July.)

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