Mexico asks Louis Vuitton to clarify the design of a chair
"We have learned with surprise that in the Dolls by Raw Edges collection of his firm, there is a chair (model R98619) that reproduces elements that are part and are identified with the embroideries that are made and are the intellectual property of the community of Tenango de Doria, in the state of Hidalgo, as well as its artisans," said the secretariat in a letter dated July 5, sent to Héctor Pardo, director of Communication of the firm.
The head of the agency, Alejandro Frausto, proposes that the firm hold a dialogue in which Mexican cultural authorities, artisans and businesses participate, with the aim of reaching agreements that benefit all those involved. In addition to giving due recognition to the community in which the cultural appropriation took place.
Last April, the French fashion house launched on the market a collection of designer chairs in collaboration with the studio Raw Edges, among which stands out a decorated with colorful motifs typical of the designs of Tenango de Doria, Hidalgo.
The chair was offered on Louis Vuitton's website at a price of 12,800 pounds sterling, more than three hundred thousand Mexican pesos.
Senator Susana Harp proposes initiatives for the protection of the collective intellectual property and cultural rights of the country's indigenous peoples.
"So, you say: "if Louis Vuitton signs it, it's worth it, it's a Tenango de Doria. Indeed, we have to reflect as Mexicans and re-evaluate and reflect on what's going on with our cultures," she said.
Harp considered that it is good to have collaborations with the big brands or with the big designers; however, the first thing that the communities have always asked them to do when they have approached them to talk to them about the subject, is respect because that is where their cosmovision is embodied.
"That's what we want: to invite all these people who want to do things, to do them together with the communities; it's not that they don't touch it, but that they are there and that they have respect for them," she said.
She affirmed that "they are always going to have to get closer to the communities; suddenly that is what they want: to skip that stretch and that is what they are not worth, because the Mexican State will be able to shelter, accompany, advise, but the owners of these cultural elements have a name and have a location, and we have to go with them respectfully to know that yes, how, when, in what terms.