Vuitton pulls pieces inspired by Jackson
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.)