Wealthy Moscow socialites fleeing war and sanctions to shop in Dubai are outraged that Chanel has refused to sell them their favorite accessories.
The luxury brand pulled out of Russia to protest Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, but the wealthy have planned no restrictions on their regular forays abroad.
As Ukrainians and Russians die in the war by the thousands, they complain that they have been excluded from their favorite label.
Influencer Yana Rudkoskaya (pictured), 47, a music program producer, said: ‘It’s a shock for a woman who has been buying Chanel and Chanel Haute Couture for over 20 years.
Singer and TV fashion presenter Anna Kalashnikova (pictured), 37, was also outraged after Chanel banned her from buying earrings and a bag in Dubai
Russian interior designer and influencer Liza Litvin has told how she was denied a Chanel bag at a major mall in Dubai.
“I went to a Chanel boutique in the Mall of the Emirates,” she posted angrily.
‘They didn’t sell me the bag because (watch out!) I’m from Russia!!!’
She said Chanel “has a new order that they’re only selling after I sign a paper saying I won’t be carrying this bag to Russia.”
She exploded: ‘What?!’
Litvin recounted how “they asked me for my credentials and I gave them my Russian phone number.
“Then the manager said that from today they will only sell to Russians if they sign an agreement not to use their items in Russia.”
Kalashnikova announced that in the future she would boycott Chanel. She said: “I remembered that Coco Chanel was not only the mistress of a Nazi officer, but also a German intelligence agent.”
Several other Russian women have complained of similar ignominy in Paris, while a man has been stranded in Italy.
Singer and fashion show host Anna Kalashnikova, 37, was also outraged after Chanel banned her from buying earrings and a bag in Dubai.
She explained how a store manager told her, “We know you are a Russian celebrity.
“We know you will be bringing purchases to Russia, so we cannot sell our branded items.”
The singer and presenter added, “This action of your brand really reminds me of your biography.” It’s so low to support fascism and Russophobia’
She posted, “Oops,” I thought. Then I remembered that Coco Chanel was not only the mistress of a Nazi officer, but also a German intelligence agent.
“So this action of your brand really reminds me of your biography. It’s so low to support fascism and Russophobia.
He announced that in the future he would boycott Chanel.
Influencer Yana Rudkoskaya, 47, a Moscow-based music show producer and wife of Olympic figure skating champion Alexander Plyushenko, is also horrified, but she doesn’t blame Putin for being deprived of his favorite brand.
“It’s a shock for a woman who has been buying Chanel and Chanel Haute Couture for over 20 years and sat front row at their shows,” she said.
Russian interior designer and influencer Liza Litvin has told how she was denied a Chanel bag at a major mall in Dubai
Shock and shock.
He had spent over a million euros at Chanel over the years, so he found the ban “somewhat humiliating”.
Snezhanna Georgieva, 46, wife of billionaire Crimean winery owner Artem Zuev, said there were ways to pull the strings and circumvent the ban.
“I’ll love it when these brands come back,” he said.
“But we know of some stores that are still open when a regular customer calls them.”
Moscow Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova accused Chanel of joining “the Russophobic campaign to ‘cancel Russia'”.
She also noted that “during World War II, Coco Chanel herself was a collaborator and agent of the Third Reich”.
Russia was waging a campaign against fascism in Ukraine, he claimed.
Snezhanna Georgieva (pictured), 46, wife of billionaire Crimean winery owner Artem Zuev, said there were ways to pull the strings and circumvent the ban.
“Chanel can return to normality and, like its creator, support Nazism. But now the whole world will know.
Chanel’s French headquarters confirmed the new policy, saying it was forced to enforce it due to European and Swiss sanctions on luxury goods.
The latest European Union and Swiss sanctions prohibit “the sale, directly or indirectly, of luxury goods to any natural or legal person or entity in the Russian Federation or for use in the Russian Federation,” a statement said. .
Georgieva said: “But we know of some shops that are still open when a regular customer calls them.”
Therefore, customers were asked to “confirm that the products they buy will not be used in Russia.”
The company said: “We understand that these measures, intended to comply with legal requirements, may create certain inconveniences for certain customers.
“We are currently working to improve the procedure and we apologize for any misunderstandings and inconveniences involved.”