Friday, December 09, 2005

The Louis Vuitton Job

Louis Vuitton had a happy day in Hong Kong with supermodel Gisele Bundchen and chief designer Marc Jacobs present at the opening of its biggest store in Asia, but for Louis Vuitton in Taipei, it was a far less happier occasion.
The store on Dunhua South Road received the visit of two burglars, who slammed in a window and ran off with 16 bags and accessories when the neighboring shop's security guards happen to pass by. Total value of the loot: more than 400,000 New Taiwan dollars, or some 13,000 US dollars.
The heist was vaguely reminiscent of a typhoon night breakin at the Chungshan North Road Gucci store a couple of months ago. As far as I know, the culprits of that theft were never caught. It just shows how popular brands, bags and logos are in Asia.
In the meantime, still no word on when Louis Vuitton's Chungshan North Road flagship store will reopen. And what kind of company bigwigs we can expect to show up in Taipei.


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