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Louis Vuitton’s artistic director calls Trump a ‘joke’ and pushes back against the brand’s association with the president

Nicolas Ghesquière, Louis Vuitton's Artistic Director of Women's Collections, posted on Instagram to push back against President Donald Trump's recent appearance alongside the brand's leadership.

Days after Trump attended the opening of a Louis Vuitton workshop in Alvarado, Texas, a city 40 miles south of Fort Worth, alongside LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault and Louis Vuitton CEO Michael Burke, Ghesquière appeared to distance himself from the widely covered event. LVMH, or Louis Vuitton Moet-Hennessy, has grown to include 75 luxury, fashion, and beauty brands including Christian Dior, Givenchy, Dom Pérignon, and Sephora.

"Standing against any political action," the designer wrote in a post below a picture the cover of the 1984 club hit "High Energy." "I am a fashion designer refusing this association #trumpisajoke #homophobia."


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Fashion industry heavyweights like Out Magazine Editor-in-Chief Philip Picardi, stylist Karla Welch, and model Teddy Quinlivan dropped comments of support below the post.

While appearing in front of reporters at the workshop's opening, Arnault told outlets he was honored to have the president in attendance but stopped short of calling him a friend, saying only that they had known each other since the 1980s, when the two met in New York around the time when Arnault founded LVMH.

Ghesquière, who joined the 165-year-old company in 2013, is the latest of dozens of prominent designers like Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, and Philip Lim to speak out against the Trump administration, and many have vowed they wouldn't dress first lady Melania Trump.

The first family has a history with the French brand, as the first lady has since worn custom designs from the legendary house for public appearances and is often seen traveling with multiple pieces of the brand's luggage.

Ghesquière previously spent 15 years at Balenciaga, where he was the was the artistic director from 1997 to 2013.

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