Louis Vuitton’s $8K puppet sweater has people all up in arms

Davida Erdahl

OK, it’s great that knitting has provided some much needed amusement — and income — during COVID-19 lockdown, but Louis Vuitton has simply gone too far. The luxury fashion brand is getting dragged on social media over the debut of their most recent collection, featuring a navy blue sweater that […]

OK, it’s great that knitting has provided some much needed amusement — and income — during COVID-19 lockdown, but Louis Vuitton has simply gone too far.

The luxury fashion brand is getting dragged on social media over the debut of their most recent collection, featuring a navy blue sweater that has been adorned with several vibrant knitted animal puppets — and an eye-popping price tag of about $8,100, reportedly.

The clownish jumper is among a number of other cartoonish pieces, including a $6,100 “puppet baseball” jacket and a $7,450 hoodie. The now-notorious sweater currently appears on LouisVuitton.com’s Hong Kong store for HK $63,500 (about $8,200 USD) — though it’s unfortunately out-of-stock there. It’s also available through the brand’s EU site, though only to those who “call for inquiry,” as the piece is “exclusively made-to-order” for such customers.

The 100% wool knitwear boasts a colorful crochet menagerie, including a panda bear, flamingo, scorpion, mouse, frog, monkey, as well as a few mythical creatures of unknown origins. In total, some 14 puppets dangle from the sweater — piled primarily on the front except for one wayward ape, which hangs from the back shoulder.

The dolls have been compared to children’s toys — and a far cry from couture.

the "Puppets All-Over" sweater
Fashion critics on social media have claimed they could make the same sweater for a fraction of the cost.

“How hard can attaching your old stuffies to your sweater be?” tweeted @TikyYati in response to Vogue Paris, who recently shared the look on social media.

Suggesting isolation-induced madness, @DragonQueen8 concluded, “The pandemic did this.”

Many followers suggested that the same sweater could be made for a fraction of the price with standard craft supplies, or simply by rummaging through a child’s room.

“I think I can get all the components at Walmart and after a few stitches I can make it for 24.99! I sell it for $50.00 and I’m making a million,” wrote Carolyn Kent Leach on Facebook, where the sweater was shared more than 900 times.

“Just roll around the ground of a nursery and this is what you would come out as,” said Shiraz Ansari.

Despite the whimsical design, no one seems amused by the jumper — least of all the fit model who sports the design.

“Perhaps his toy chest threw up on him?” reckoned Beth Drucker.

“We understand why he looks so upset,” joked @xavegeta on Twitter, in reference to the model’s wry expression.

One was reminded of how Lady Gaga, a passionate animal rights advocate, donned a jacket constructed entirely of Kermit the Frog puppets during an appearance on German television in 2009. She then gushed about Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, the avant-garde designer who created the kooky coat as a statement against animal cruelty.

“The Kermit the Frog outfit is by an incredible designer by the name of Jean[-Charles] de Castelbajac,” Gaga said at the time. “I really loved this one in particular because I thought it was commentary on not wearing fur, ’cause I hate fur and I don’t wear fur.” She added, astutely, “We were all laughing in the house about how it looks like a pile of dead Kermits.”

This doesn’t appear to be a similar statement by Louis Vuitton, whose history with animal cruelty is fraught. Their CEO Michael Burke told the Telegraph last year, “I can say 100% hand on heart our animals are humanely farmed.”

Not according to PETA, however, who recently exposed one of the fashion house’s factories as a site of animal torture, accusing Burke of “consumer fraud” in an open letter in December.

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