Shades of Louis Vuitton

Rick Ross has a bit of an authenticity problem. 

Less than a year after the Smoking Gun established that the rapper was indeed a former prison guard, despite his denials, he appears on the cover of XXL Magazine insisting, "I've never had a credibility problem and still don't."  Of course, this assertion might have been a bit more authoritative if his bling of choice weren't a pair of  counterfeit Louis Vuitton sunglasses.  (Yes, as Vuitton attorney Michael Pantalony points out in a letter to the editor, counterfeiting is illegal; no, it's not the sort of offense that earns style points.  Especially when the luxury label also hastens to disavow any affiliation with or endorsement of the artist.) 

While Louis Vuitton was dissing Ross, artist Eugenio Merino was in turn attacking the artistic integrity of the fashion house's favorite artist.  Takashi Murakami's multi-year collaboration with LV has been extremely successful, but Merino apparently takes issue with the his fellow artist's superflat philosophy and decision to disregard the sacrosanct line between art and design.  At least the sculpture wears an original LV bag, not a knockoff.  (Via Animal.) 
And speaking of pimps and prostitutes, it's unclear whether or not the wealthy butcher turned brothel operator who owns this Rolls actually received permission to customize it with Murakami's Multicolore toile design.  Either way, Counterfeit Chic seconds Gawker's call to indict the guy for "for crimes against taste, nature and the fairer sex." 

All in all, definitely a Monday for the dedicated trademark warriors at LV.

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Thanks to fabulous Fordham law grad Louis Abrams for the Rick Ross tips!