Ashi Studio in the Big Apple… on a statue of Cardi B

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Cardi B arrives in an Ashi Studio creation for the 60th Grammy Awards on Jan. 28, 2018, in New York. (AFP)
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A sculpture of Cardi B at Spotify's RapCaviar Pantheon at Brooklyn Museum on April 02 in Brooklyn, New York. (AFP)
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Cardi B in the gown on social media. (Screenshot)
Updated 03 April 2019

Ashi Studio in the Big Apple… on a statue of Cardi B

  • The US rapper revealed the creation in a short video she posted to her 42.6 million Instagram followers
  • Ashi Studio shared images and video of Cardi B’s statue on its Instagram account

NEW YORK: Hip-hop sensation Cardi B is being honored at New York’s Brooklyn Museum by Spotify, with a life-size sculpture wearing a gown by Beirut-based fashion house Ashi Studio, which is headed by Saudi-born founder Mohammed Ashi.
The US rapper revealed the creation in a short video she posted to her 42.6 million Instagram followers on Wednesday. “If you’re in the New York area make sure you check out my statue in the Brooklyn Museum,” she wrote. “Make sure ya take pics and tag me.”
Besides the New-York born rapper, Jaden Smith, Juice WRLD and Gunna are also new honorees of the Spotify RapCaviar Pantheon in an exhibit from April 3 to 7. The streaming service’s popular playlist is celebrating the four performers for their impact on hip hop.
Ashi Studio shared images and video of Cardi B’s statue on its Instagram account, also inviting fans to check out the creation at the museum. The designer also thanked Cardi B’s stylist Kollin Carter, who is credited with introducing the singer to the label.
Cardi B, who describes herself as a “regular, degular, shmegular” girl from the Bronx, is quite the fan of the Arab designer. She wore a daring gown by the fashion house for her music video “Money” released in December last year.
In the video, the artist appears with her baby girl Kulture, who was born in July, while wearing a black, floor-length gown by Ashi Studio’s Autumn-Winter 2018-19 couture collection.
The “Please Me” rapper wore a custom-made pleated ivory lace dress with butterfly sleeves and tail by the Saudi couturier to the 2018 Grammy Awards. She had attended the Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala in New York City donning a strapless, cream-colored Ashi Studio tuxedo-style gown just hours earlier.
The Arab fashion house hit headlines last month when Bollywood star Deepika Padukone described a pink Ashi Studio gown she wore to Cannes in 2018 as the “most extravagant” outfit she had ever worn, in an interview with Vogue magazine.
The dress, featuring huge pink ruffles and a voluminous, tiered skirt, was also worn by Beyonce for a concert in Johannesburg that honored the life of Nelson Mandela in December.


Ex-Hermes workers risk prison over fake handbags

Updated 26 June 2020

Ex-Hermes workers risk prison over fake handbags

  • An inquiry uncovered a clandestine operation in which the suspects at their homes allegedly crafted dozens of counterfeit “Birkin” bags
  • Ten people went on trial this week, including seven former Hermes employees

PARIS: Paris prosecutors sought prison terms Friday for the leaders of a ring accused of making and selling fake handbags from iconic French luxury house Hermes, including some former employees.
The network, which targeted Asian tourists in Paris but also clients in Hong Kong in 2013 and 2014, was uncovered when French police wiretapped the home of a man suspected of selling stolen handbags in Asia.
An inquiry uncovered a clandestine operation in which the suspects at their homes allegedly crafted dozens of counterfeit “Birkin” bags, the most coveted — and profitable — item produced by Hermes.
Named for French-British actress Jane Birkin, the bags have long waiting lists for customers ready to pay 40,000 euros ($45,000) or more for versions made with crocodile skin.
Ten people went on trial this week, including seven former Hermes employees.
Prosecutors said they took in around two million euros a year by selling the fakes for 20,000 euros to 30,000 euros each.
The Hermes workers would make the bags with crocodile skins from an Italian supplier, using zippers and other components smuggled out of Hermes workshops.
A woman now aged 52, born in Cambodia but living in France since 1980, was tasked with selling the fake bags as well as genuine “Birkins” resold to clients at a markup.
She told investigators her clients knew that they were buying fakes, the court heard this week.
One of the employees, accused of orchestrating the counterfeiting ring, was just 18 when he began working at Hermes.
“At the time, I didn’t realize the seriousness of this,” the now 45-year-old told the court.
As the trial wound up Friday, prosecutors sought prison terms of up to four years and fines of 100,000 euros to 200,000 euros for the three ringleaders, and suspended sentences and fines for the others.
Hermes lawyers have also asked for two million euros in damages. The court is expected to announce a date for its ruling later Friday.