Fashion Law: Milan Designer Sentenced for Theft of Hermés Samples
Milan designer Massimo Piombo has finally been sentenced for his theft crime committed back in February 2014. Piombo has been sentenced to a three-month suspended prison term, and has been ordered to pay a fine of $17,085 and damages totaling $5,700 for stealing vintage fabric samples belonging to Hermés International.
The designer was arrested at Lyon airport back in February 2014 for carrying stolen fabric samples in his socks and jacket pocket. At the time, Piombo had just visited Holding Textile Hermés (formerly known as Bucol) in Pierre-Bénite near Lyon. The company specializes in designing and weaving high-end fabrics for clothing and furnishings.
According to the company’s website, “The company owns several thousand paper and textile archives from the 16th century through to modern-day for furnishings and from the Forties to today for clothing. These archives are used as inspiration or are reinterpreted by the company’s stylists.” The website adds, “Today a subsidiary of the Hermés group, Bucol works with the most well-known ready-to-wear fashion brands and furniture producers all over the world.”
Upon leaving Holding Textile Hermés, many employees noticed suspicious behavior from Piombo. After the designer had left, employees noticed a handful of ancient samples were missing.
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