Rich Russian women are filming themselves cutting their expensive Chanel handbags with scissors to protest against being banned from buying new by their favorite brand.
They don’t care about the thousands of dead and wounded Ukrainians – or Russian troops – in the war that led to the sanctions, just because of their fashion injuries caused by Putin’s invasion.
The French luxury goods seller not only withdrew from Russia, but also banned sales to Vladimir Putin’s wealthy compatriots as they flew shopping around the world.
Now, they are furiously hitting back at what they see as ‘Russian phobia’ by banning them from buying Chanel.
TV presenter, PR agent and actress Marina Ermoshkina, 28, expressed outrage to her 299,999 followers that in Chanel stories abroad, Russian women are asked to sign oranges. does not wear or display this brand in Russia.
“No item or brand is worth my love of country and self-respect,” she said, cutting her accessory bag with industrial scissors.
“I am against Russophobia and I am against brands that support Russophobia.
“If owning Chanel means selling my Homeland, then I don’t need Chanel.”
She posted: “For us Russian women, owning Chanel means nothing.
“We are the face of this brand. Since childhood, we have dreamed about buying this bag.
“But there is no bag, or anything else, more than my love of country or my pride.”
“Chanel was simply an accessory that at one point decided to humiliate my countrymen,” she said. And discrimination by nationality. I will not tolerate this”.
DJ Katya Guseva, 39, with 587,000 followers, said: “I’m saying ‘No’ to Chanel.
“They are forcing me to sign a humiliating document, forcing me to reject my Homeland in favor of their brand.
“I am against Russian phobia and against discrimination by nationality. To show you how serious I am, I will simply cut out this bag. I don’t need it anymore. Goodbye, Chanel. ”
She told her followers: “We Russian women are always gorgeous regardless of Chanel – we know it, Chanel knows it, the whole world knows it.”
Model, businesswoman and influencer from Monaco, 42-year-old Victoria Bonya, with 9 million followers, says in English: “I have to say if Chanel House doesn’t respect its customers, [why] do we have to respect Chanel? Goodbye.”
She has “never seen any brand act so disrespectfully to their customers”.
They are supported by Russian foreign travel blogger with 239,999 followers, Sharli Prokopif, who says: “I am Russian, live in Europe – and I refuse to wear Chanel.
The comments expressed outrage against the women and their #ByeByeChanel “flashmob”.
One asked: “Why aren’t they worried about the deaths in Ukraine that Putin caused? And the Russian soldiers killed as cannon fodder? Instead they did this childish stunt with scissors.”
Anna Kalashnikova / East2west news)
Another said: “If I was in charge of Chanel, I would quietly celebrate such departing customers.”
Another complained: “Why don’t they start the challenge of selling their Chanel accessories to support children and refugees, or whatever is closest to their hearts?”
Another comment added: “That’s ridiculous. Let’s sell the bags and share the money, they’re worth a lot… why exaggerate like this.”
Another: “These kids are hyping up their Chanel bags as a way to protest the brand’s stupid policy. It’s as silly, frankly, as asking them to sign some paperwork in Dubai… it seems like a well-organized, staged act.”
The protest video comes after major Russian social media sites earlier this week highlighted Dubai’s ban on the sale of its favorite brands.
Russian influencer and interior designer Liza Litvin told how she was denied a Chanel bag in a top shopping mall in Dubai.
“They asked for my ID details and I gave my Russian phone number,” she said online.
Liza Litvin / East2west news)
“Next, the manager said that starting today they will only sell to Russians if they sign an agreement not to wear their clothes in Russia.”
Top TV singer and fashion presenter Anna Kalashnikova, 37, explains how a manager at another store in Dubai told her: “We know you’re a Russian celebrity .
“We know you’ll be buying to Russia, so we can’t sell our brand’s items.”
Anna said: “Next, I remember Coco Chanel as not only the mistress of a Nazi officer, but also an agent of German intelligence.
“So this act of her brand really reminds me of her bio. It’s too low-key to support fascism and Russia-phobia.”
Influencer Yana Rudkovskaya, 47, a Moscow-based music show producer who is the wife of Olympic figure skating champion Alexander Plyushenko, was horrified – but didn’t blame Putin for being stripped of her favorite brand.
She has spent more than a million euros at Chanel over the years and finds the ban “a bit humiliating”.
Chanel’s France headquarters confirmed the new policy and said it was forced to adopt it due to EU and Swiss sanctions on luxury items.
“The latest EU and Swiss sanctions prohibit” the direct or indirect sale of luxury items to any natural person, legal person or entity located in the Russian Federation or for personal use. in the Russian Federation”, a statement said.
“We understand that these measures, aimed at complying with legal requirements, may create certain inconveniences for some customers,” the company said.
“We are currently working to improve the process and apologize for any misunderstandings and inconveniences involved.”
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