Trump’s Louis Vuitton visit stirs discord at the brand as designer Nicolas Ghesquiere hits out

PARIS – Louis Vuitton designer Nicolas Ghesquiere has hit out at Donald Trump after the US president inaugurated one of the brand’s factories last week, distancing himself from a visit that was attended by top executives from parent group LVMH.

Accompanied by his daughter Ivanka and flanked by LVMH’s controlling shareholder, French billionaire Bernard Arnault, Trump cut the ribbon at the plant in Alvarado, Texas, on Friday, where workers will produce some of the brand’s famed handbags.

Vuitton bosses including chief executive Michael Burke were also present.

But the event appeared to cause some discomfort inside Vuitton, with Ghesquiere – who has designed its women’s collections since 2013 and whose creations are often worn by Brigitte Macron, the wife of the French president – decrying the visit.

“Standing against any political action. I am a fashion designer refusing this association,” Ghesquiere said in a post on Instagram over the weekend, adding the hashtags #trumpisajoke and #homophobia, without elaborating.

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