Vuitton Refuses to Be Accessory to Genocide

Luxury firm sues over fundraising T-shirt
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2008 4:37 AM CDT
Vuitton Refuses to Be Accessory to Genocide
Protesters rally in Washington against the genocide in Darfur.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – A Danish designer hoped her T-shirt featuring a starving child tricked out with Paris Hilton's favorite accessories—a Louis Vuitton handbag and her tiny dog Tinkerbell—would highlight the media's distorted priorities and raise money to fight genocide in Darfur. The French luxury brand, however, was not amused, and has launched a lawsuit calling for a halt in production of the T-shirts and demanding $7,500 for every day her website uses the Vuitton name, reports ABC News.

"This was meant to raise a discussion on how we all prioritize. At this point, I'm so happy that the lawsuit has caused so much attention," said the artist, who's a member of Designers for Darfur. "We're hoping that they will turn around and maybe we can do something together, figure out a way that will benefit both Darfur and them." (Read more Darfur stories.)

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