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Intresting replies! The most obvious company I guess does this, must be Louis Vuitton, giving it a second thought. Since they have no sales (except for the sales people in the company?), they must get rid of the clothes in some way.

I also read in a guide book somewhere that there are second hand shops in Paris that get to sell high-end stuff but they rip off the labels in order to make it more difficult to identify where it originally came from! (Can't remember the name of the shop well-known for this, but perhaps someone else knows)

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Couture houses burn their leftover fabric. Louis Vuitton will also destroy remaining merchandise. This is done to help maintain an item's value.

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i'd love to know where that shop it aswell.i'd be there in a shot.im going to buy the book to go on holiday with so if it gives anymore information i'll tell you what it says

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It sounds like something they would do to keep the items more valuable... overproduction=deappreciation of goods.

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it would make sense-

hypothetically-

if you're old season clothes keep getting discounted untill they sell- down from 3,000.00 down and down and down to say 300 bucks- then who would be willing to pay the regular full prices?

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This is getting a bit off-topic, but I found the shop I was talking about. Dunno if the makes in the store are "top notch" though... Not been there myself. Perhaps someone else could tell!

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L'Une et L'Autre
Address 24 rue Feydeau, 2e
Transportation Métro: Bourse or Grands-Boulevards
Phone01-44-76-03-03
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Hidden in an apartment on the second floor of a building, this shop has amazing discounts on the big brand names sold in expensive 8th- and 16th-Arrondissement boutiques. An item that might sell for 600€ ($780) in a boutique is sold here for 250€ ($325). The kindly owner, Nathalie Metz, keeps her fashion sources a secret and is sometimes forced, because of trademark restrictions, to sell garments without their original labels, but in light of the savings generated, few value-conscious consumers seem to mind. Open Monday to Friday and first Saturday of the month 11am to 6pm.

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This doesn't seem to be going anywhere, we're all agreed that it's the kind of thing some companies might do, but until someone has actually seen a Ligne Cambon up in flames, it's just speculation...

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oh come on...of cource they do not burn them, it's just a marketing trick

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The burning of clothing just seem so horrid I don't want to believe it! How could they? :p

I like to think they just dump the leftover stuff in some basement so many years from now we'd open it and find wonderful never used clothing. Like a lost treasure

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it is a fact that most retail stores get rid of slightly damaged or very out-of-season clothes. any recognizable logo is snipped off, and they're ripped to the point of no return. i do that at h&m, i know a lot of my friends do it..my friend's mother did it at reitman's 20 years ago..
We'd do that at Coach, it was REALLY fun and good exercise ripping up those bags, especially the ugly ones...

Wierd, I was just reading about how Chanel used to burn thier backstock, but now they just put it on sale or whatever. Ive seen Chanel's sale items, they're absolutely godawful, it's like the ugliest color in the most awkward size with some dirt on it, and it's only 20% off too. Ive never seen Chanel RTW on sale, only accessories.

I wonder what Hermes does, with thier bags they just circulate them till they sell, with thier RTW they probably extend discounts to VIPs...


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someone should burn chanel, and the stuff that is selling cuz all of it is horrible!

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This doesn't seem to be going anywhere, we're all agreed that it's the kind of thing some companies might do, but until someone has actually seen a Ligne Cambon up in flames, it's just speculation...
I had the mental image of the ligne cambon in flames! How liberating! How very modern-art! We should throw a seasons's must have items and have someone burn them all to finally make compost to grow stuff to feed someone on some empoverished area! :p

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If the items are cannot be sold, then the design houses would need to place lineups and unsold inventory into storage which would create more of a loss; since not all of the merchandise can be placed without an affect to the image, much of it is probably rendered destroyed and compacted, then filed with the IRS as a loss.

Some of the designers do warehouse creations for their historical and legacy value, held in vaults for future donation to museums and private collections with a focus on maintenance and future presentation.

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Hi Diorling, I remember you from Models of the Moment on another site...
Deja Vu...!

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an SA told me that louis vuitton shreds their shoes at the end of every season...that is, after letting the employees have their pick

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