Shades Designer Defends Rick Ross In Counterfeit Louis Vuitton Controversy

2009-05-12 - Rick Ross XXLOn Monday (May 11), editors at XXL released a letter online from legal reps of Louis Vuitton, claiming that Rick Ross is wearing counterfeit Louis Vuitton shades on the mag’s May 2009 cover.

“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,” Michael D. Pantalony, Esq. wrote in the letter. “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,” he added.

Since then, Jacob Bernstein, AKA “The Sunglasses Pimp,” has come forward to defend Ross. He says that he’s the designer behind the Miami rapper’s custom shades, saying the Louis Vuitton sunglasses are no less authentic than a customized Rolls Royce.

“It’s the same thing as buying a Rolls Royce and having it tricked out,” Bernstein told AllHipHop. “Just because the product has been customized by me doesn’t take away from the fact that the frames are authentic Louis Vuitton Millionaires.”

Bernstein is well known in the world of fashion, via his Los Angeles-based business, Jack’s Eyewear.

He’s customized shades for several celebrities including Jay-Z, Kanye West, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Sharon Stone, Fergie, Gwen Stefani, Brad Pitt, Usher and others.

17 comments
  1. THAT’S LIKE BUYING A FERRARI AND PUTTING FORD ESCORT STOCK RIMS ON ‘EM AND SAYING THAT IT STILL TOP NOTCH….

    SOME THINGS YOU JUST DON’T MESS WITH….

    AND IF THAT WAS THA CASE ABOUT THA SUNGLASSES????

    THEN THEY SHOULDA CLARIFIED IT…..

    ANYWAYZ THAT STILL LEAVES “OFFICER TRICK GROSS” THA SAME ASS BUSTAH WANNA BE GANGSTA RAPPER!!!!!!

  2. Fat, jello belly, knock off wearin, wanna be gansta, fabricated steez, no street cred, name jackin ass, officer Ricky Rawse<<<ain’t nobody’s bawse!

  3. Yall are stupid as hell…what part don’t u understand about customized louis vatton frames…a lot of ignorant shit comin out of this site….niggas sayin shit jus to be hatin….yall niggas silly….he said louis vatton frames that have been customized….that aint fake…niggas always wanna talk bout some other nigga shit…get a life sucker ass niggas…..

  4. Hold on nbcollegepark…read it again a rep frm L.vatton states there r not vatton shades..tht mke them shade he wearing fake…no1 is hateing but there fake period

  5. @nbcollegepark they are fake, lv didnt make those shades. Jack’s Eyewear made them lmao. rick paid money for fake shades lol. He was bragging on the net how no one can buy those shades… lmao. A big wanna be didnt even know they were fake.

  6. cali you must be stupid.
    and this goes for the rest of y’all too.

    i know its hard to sound out the words,
    but read the ENTIRE article this time:

    Louis V rep doesn’t recognize the sunglasses, calls them fake.

    Bernstein, who runs an expensive-shades customizing business that’s clearly legit, states that he took REAL LOUIS V FRAMES and added some shit to them.

    Call them ugly, or whatever, but they’re not FAKE.

    smh @ you clowns

  7. officer trick ross u embarrased miami and the cuban city bird fif is really embarrasing u i hope freeway ricky ross sues u officer trick ross

  8. rick ross doesn’t have on fake LV shades…on 106 and Park he said he had the shades costumized with yellow diamonds…i don’t see nothing wrong with that. especially if he paid top dollar for them, he do what ever he wants with them..if if he wants to add a couple thousand in diamonds

  9. Dude all ya sound silly like ya know wud da fukk ya talm bout i gotta agree lady chappell if ya read wud da fukk it say ya would mudafuken kno.

  10. I don’t think they are fake.

    I think they are official frames with official logos, from different LV products, or They can official frames, with custom made LV logos.

    Nike, New Era, Reebok and all kinds of other companies do that.

    They are official, but they custom. they just did it without LV approval.

    like i said, i don’t think they are fake, but i am NOT 100 on that one.

  11. didn’t you read anything but the line from L Vuitton? Bernstein changed the logos on the glasses and customized it. of course L. Vuitton wouldn’t know about it. that’s like asking BMW or Benz if your mansory s class or alpina + local shop modded 7 series are real or fake. just because someone modifies it better/different doesn’t mean it didn’t come from L Vuitton directly or from whoever makes glasses for them.

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