So Rick Ross was on the cover of the May 2009 XXL Magazine sporting some hot Louis Vuitton sunglasses. Well, little did anyone know that according to the people at LV, that pair of glasses was counterfeit. According to Michael D. Pantalony from Louis Vuitton the glasses were fake and Ross did not have permission wear them for the cover of the magazine. Pantalony wrote a letter to the editor of XXL explaining the situation:
We were dismayed to see the cover of the May 2009 issue of XXL Magazine, which features a photo of Rick Ross wearing a pair of sunglasses prominently featuring counterfeit Louis Vuitton trademarks. Because the photo has generated considerable confusion among your readers and Louis Vuitton customers among others, we feel it is important to clarify several points.
The first is that the sunglasses Mr. Ross is wearing were not made by Louis Vuitton, and in fact, are counterfeit. Louis Vuitton did not grant permission to Mr. Ross or to whoever did make the sunglasses to use our trademarks. The second is that no affiliation, sponsorship or association exists between Rick Ross or XXL and Louis Vuitton. The third is that counterfeiting is illegal.
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to correct the confusion.
Michael D. Pantalony, Esq.
Louis Vuitton Malletier
Now Rick Ross’ camp is saying that they were customized by a jeweler in Miami, and is probably why the people from Louis Vuitton did not recognize the pair of sunglasses.