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Luxury Retailer Lures Gays Into Spending $2500 on a New Man Purse

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THE SHOT — The Louis Vuitton shop in San Francisco’s Union Square is all aglow for pride. (Snapped by Queerty reader and photographer Michael Davis)

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On:           Jun 17, 2009
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  • 22 Comments
    • Roxboro
      Roxboro

      I CAN NOT PUT INTO WORDS WHAT i WOULD LIKE TO SAY ABOUT THIS !! YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING.

      Jun 17, 2009 at 11:58 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Casper O
      Casper O

      well with the amount of gay people employed by all of the businesses involved in the LVMH companies, they are probably pretty sincere in their attempt to show support.

      If it was a gimmick and a gimmick only, it would be way way more advertised. plus it is dangerous for a conservative brand like LV to show such open support.

      I think it is nice, thanks LV

      Jun 17, 2009 at 12:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bitch, please!
      Bitch, please!

      @ Casper: Good point! At least they are trying to include us among their customer base. Shockingly, many businesses don’t want that! Their hatred even supercedes the chance to make some money. A friend, at a NY store, was told that they did not want “pipe cleaners” like him in their store! Imagine that! My friend, a very demure guy, left because he did not want to cause a scene. I was livid when I heard that! I went back to that store with my friend and tore the scumbag owner a new one! Granted, it wasn’t a fancy schmancy store like LV, but still. And let’s face it, disdainful looks and remarks at us happens in all locations. We just need to take a stand wherever it happens. So anyways, enough with the rant and “Yay, Louis Vuitton!”

      Jun 17, 2009 at 12:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chiot Moite
      Chiot Moite

      Otherwise known as a “meth purchase.”

      Jun 17, 2009 at 12:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • michael
      michael

      I need a new Keepall in Damier Graphite. I am calling LV downtown to see if they have one in stock!

      Jun 17, 2009 at 1:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jjm16
      jjm16

      eh, i’d rather go to south beach and/or throw a blow party. fuck that.

      Jun 17, 2009 at 3:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Prof. O. G. Whataschnozell
      Prof. O. G. Whataschnozell

      Forgive me but I went back and read the title three times to be sure that it was about a purse. Well, where is the purse. I don’t see it.

      For those of you who have witnessed blatant discrimination in stores I have a policy etched in stone that reads: I DO NOT KISS ANYONE’S ASS TO TAKE MY MONEY.

      Let us not forget what Hermes did to Oprah a few years back. Were I her I would have simply said fuck’em. You hurt assholes like that by not giving them the money they need to pay rent and utilities and their slave workers.

      Jun 17, 2009 at 4:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • BrianZ
      BrianZ

      I think it’s a great window, very well done. Why would anyone be displeased over this?

      @Prof. O. G. Whataschnozell: “Well, where is the purse. I don’t see it.”
      It’s in the store. :)

      Jun 17, 2009 at 5:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Aaron
      Aaron

      @Prof. O. G. Whataschnozell: I think what Hermes did to Oprah was justified. They were closing, just because she’s Oprah doesn’t mean they have to stay open later. Besides Hermes has been around since the 19th century. I think they’ve been doing a-okay without Oprah’s money. Also Hermes does not use slave labor. If they did there wouldn’t be a year long wait list for a Birkin or Kelly bag, they’d be able to crank them out ASAP. Rather than you know having them handcrafted by skilled leather artisans per the customer’s specifications.

      Jun 17, 2009 at 5:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jim
      jim

      oh please, not even the most vacuous queen would spend that much on a PURSE…would she?

      Jun 17, 2009 at 6:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • traffick
      traffick

      Well you could at least show a picture of the bag. I could care less about the window display. Especially one as boring as this.

      Jun 17, 2009 at 9:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Prof. O. G. Whataschnozell
      Prof. O. G. Whataschnozell

      @traffick: Thank you. I couldn’t agree more.

      @Aaron: Could you explain a little further what you are trying to say in that last sentence so I can feel “totally read”? Thank you.

      Jun 17, 2009 at 10:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Marius
      Marius

      @Prof. O. G. Whataschnozell:

      Sentence fragment, I believe.

      If I may give my take, each item is made to the customer’s specifications by skilled leather craftsmen and not stitched up in some sweatshop.

      Aaron, correct me if I’m wrong, but I think that’s the gist.

      I don’t think there’s a special edition Pride Purse. If there is, I’d like to see it as well. I admire a well made clutch.

      Jun 17, 2009 at 10:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TANK
      TANK

      …words can’t express it.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqG1mQS0iOU

      Learn something from my teacher.

      Jun 17, 2009 at 10:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • getreal
      getreal

      I believe in personal freedom and not trying to foist your own morality and way of living on others. I happen to like LV if others don’t don’t by it and feel comfortable in your own point of view and choices that you don’t pathetically need to convert people to your exact way of thinking and lifestyle. I’m a person who volunteers, does a lot of activism and gives to charity I also own a good amount of Louis Vuitton life is about balance and I happen to like this company and I support it.

      Jun 17, 2009 at 11:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • scott ny'er
      scott ny'er

      @Bitch, please!: can you allude to which store that was, so we can all avoid this store?

      Jun 17, 2009 at 11:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • geoff
      geoff

      Give them some credit,you don’t see displays like this at Wal-Mart.

      Jun 18, 2009 at 12:09 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mb00
      mb00

      Hey, I got a great Louis Vuitton weekender bag a couple of Christmases ago from my bf. It is the best bag I’ve ever had. I’m not big on brands, that’s just not me, but when I saw the bag advertised, I couldn’t stop looking at it. It’s totally masculine with a kinda vintage look to it’s design, anyway, I digress, I think it’s great that they would do that.
      I’d be weary if I saw that at Wal-Mart, cause you know they don’t necessarily like the gays there, but Louis Vuitton, why not?

      Jun 18, 2009 at 12:18 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mb00
      mb00

      oh and further on this, they are at least letting us know that they support and want our business. You can’t fault them for trying to lure some business is.
      It’s like we, the GLBT community, get all up in arms when a business doesn’t specify that they support us, but when someone actually goes a step further, we wanna brake down their windows. Come on people, stop the self-hate. Be glad a business as higher ended as LV is willing to say it out loud, even if it’s to try survive the economy.

      Jun 18, 2009 at 12:22 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Casper O
      Casper O

      @Prof. O. G. Whataschnozell: Dear Mr. Whata…
      Before you scream discrimination, study your case.

      The doors at the Hermes store in Paris, where the incident took place are open to anyone, I have been there plenty of times myself.

      However, there are two versions of the story apart from Oprah’s.

      1. They did not keep open extra long for Oprah, which seems to be the case.

      2. They very rarely close the store down for VIP customers, this is usually a security measure for political, royal or very famous VIP’s. In case this was the scenario, they didn’t let her in because they wouldn’t have let anyone in, just like the first example.

      Jun 18, 2009 at 11:03 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Aaron
      Aaron

      @Marius: Yup. That’s what I meant. Hermes doesn’t use slave labor, they have a small handful of leather craftsmen, artisans or whatever who hand make all of their bags one stitch at a time. Also, from what I know of LV they don’t use slave labor either, all of their products are still made in Western Europe where the standard treatment of factory workers is much higher than in China or Eastern Europe.

      Jun 18, 2009 at 1:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mb00
      mb00

      @Aaron: You are correct about that. I think that’s another reason why I like Louis Vuitton. Because they are more concerned with quality vs. quantity. My bf read an article that mentioned allot of the big fashion houses who were out sourcing to china among them Burberry and even though they aren’t higher eneded, Coach. And you can always tell by the quality of the product. Out-sourcing cheapens the high quality of a product and LV is one that cares about quality more than quantity.

      Jun 19, 2009 at 7:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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