member Louis Vuitton’s Foray Into the Sale of “Counterfeits”?

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It was the opening evening of an exhibit featuring the work of Japanese artist – and frequent Louis Vuitton collaborator – Takashi Murakami at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. For a 3 month period, the museum was offering the “most comprehensive retrospective to date of the work of Mr. Murakami, including more than ninety works in various media that span the artist’s entire career.” But before once could get inside for that evening’s evening, gala-goers – including Louis Vuitton’s then-creative director Marc Jacobs and LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault – had to bypass a handful of “ratty stalls, the type one sees all over Chinatown,” as the New York Times’ Guy Trebay put it at the time.

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