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July 25 2014

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Donna Karan Speaks Candidly About LVMH

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Donna KaranAll marriages have their difficulties, and Donna Karan isn’t afraid to talk about them. In an interview with The New York Times, the veteran designer, who sold her company to LVMH in 2001, said her relationship with the French fashion company (which also owns Céline, Dior, Marc Jacobs, and, of course, Louis Vuitton) has been a little chilly. “Vuitton runs their businesses separately,” she said. “I would love to work more with them, but Vuitton has given me the cold shoulder.” Specifically, Karan notes that LVMH has not been as supportive as she’d hoped in the often-lucrative accessories business. “We were the first one to get into the alligator bags. One of the appeals of the sale to LVMH is that they would have been the perfect partner in handbags, but instead they saw me as a fashion designer.” Sure, everyone bashes their boss behind closed doors, but it’s rare for a designer to air her displeasure with a company as powerful as LVMH so publicly. To be continued, as they say.

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