Russian celebrities are furious when Chanel prevents them from shopping

Wealthy Russian celebrities are outraged that Chanel has banned them from buying their luxury products anywhere in the world.

The couture fashion house pulled its business out of Russia, along with many other brands, in protest at Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, but Russian fashionistas didn’t expect to be banned from shopping in other countries.

Russian interior designer and influencer Liza Litvin lamented being denied a Chanel bag at a top Dubai mall, East2West reported.

“I went to a Chanel boutique in the Mall of the Emirates,” she angrily posted. “They didn’t sell me the bag because (note!) I’m from Russia!!!”

She shared that Chanel “has a new order that they won’t sell until I sign a piece of paper saying I won’t carry this bag in Russia.”

Russian interior designer and influencer Liza Litvin
Russian interior designer and influencer Liza Litvin said the Chanel boutique in the Mall of the Emirates refused to sell her a bag.
Liza Litvin/east2west news

Litvin explained: “They asked for my ID details and I gave my Russian phone number.

“Next the manager said that as of today they will only sell to Russians if they sign an agreement not to wear their items in Russia.”

The Russian influencer isn’t the only one who has been banned from shopping for her favorite luxury accessories. Chanel’s French corporate offices confirmed the new policy, which they claimed was imposed on them due to European Union and Swiss sanctions against luxury items.

“Recent sanctions restrictions imposed by the European Union and Switzerland prohibit the direct or indirect sale of luxury items to any person, legal person or entity in or for use in the Russian Federation,” the company said in a statement.

Customers are now being asked to “confirm that the products they are purchasing will not be used in Russia.”

“We understand that these measures, aimed at meeting regulatory requirements, may cause certain inconveniences for some customers. We are currently working to improve the procedure and apologize for any misunderstanding and inconvenience this may have caused,” said Chanel.

Other rich Russians have also shared their experiences of being turned away at the store.

Anna Kalashnikova, Russian singer and TV presenter
Anna Kalashnikova, a Russian singer and TV presenter, was also turned away by Chanel in Dubai.
Anna Kalashnikova/east2west news

Singer and TV runway show host Anna Kalashnikova, 37, has blown up the brand after she was banned from buying Chanel earrings and a bag in Dubai.

She explained how a manager at the store told her: “We know that you are a Russian celebrity. We know you will be bringing purchases to Russia, so we cannot sell our branded items.”

‘Oops, I thought. Next, I remembered that Coco Chanel was not only the mistress of a Nazi officer, but also an agent of the German secret service,” she said.

“So this action of her brand really reminds me of her bio. It is so low to support fascism and Russophobia.”

Kalashnikova announced that she would now boycott Chanel.

Jana Rudkovskya
Influencer Yana Rudkovskaya was surprised to be shunned by Chanel, having been a customer of the luxury brand for two decades.

Influencer Yana Rudkovskaya, 47, a Moscow-based music show producer and wife of Olympic figure skating champion Alexander Plushenko, was also stunned after being blocked by the luxury brand.

“This comes as a shock to a woman who has been buying Chanel and Chanel Haute Couture for more than 20 years and has had front row seats at her shows,” she said.

She had spent more than €1 million at Chanel over the years and found the ban “a bit humiliating”.

Snezhanna Georgieva, 46, wife of billionaire winery owner Artem Zuev in Crimea, suggested some buyers were able to pull some strings despite the ban.

“I’m going to love when these brands are back,” she said. “But we know of some boutiques that are still open when a regular customer calls.”

Snezhanna Georgieva
Snezhanna Georgieva hinted that “some boutiques are still open when a regular customer calls them”.
Social Media / East2west News

Moscow Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova accused Chanel of “joining the Russophobic campaign to ‘wipe out Russia'” and also noted that “Coco Chanel herself was a collaborator and agent of the Third Reich during World War II”.

Russia is in a campaign against fascism in Ukraine, she claimed.

“The Chanel house can return to normal and, as its creator, support Nazism. But now everyone will know about it.” Russian celebrities are furious when Chanel prevents them from shopping


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