It wouldn’t be wrong to say that German Designer Philipp Plein is a controversy child. After recently receiving flak for fat-shaming a writer who criticized his show, the maverick has now gone on to rub off Italian car manufacturer- Ferrari the wrong way. The marquee expressed its dissent over the designer’s constant use of its car on his Instagram posts through a ‘cease and desist’ letter that apparently has not been received well by him.
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GOT A LOVE LETTER 💌 TODAY FROM THE LAWYERS OF FERRARI 🏎 asking me to delete the picture OF MY PERSONAL CAR WITH MY PERSONAL SHOES 👟 ON IT !!!!! I can’t even put in words how disappointed and disgusted I am about this unfair and totally inappropriate claim against me personally……obviously I love cars and ESPECIALLY FERRARI !!!! I bought my first FERRARI 10 years ago and recently I bought a Ferrari for my mother as her birthday gift !!!! I think it is absolutely ridiculous as a good client to receive such a letter from a company like FERRARI !!! This message goes out to the CEO Louis Carey Camilleri of FERRARI !! If you want to continue treating your loyal clients with such letters from your lawyers you will lose the support from many FERRARI FANS ! 👎 @scuderiaferrari
Plein can regularly be seen flaunting a fleet of his Ferrari cars on Instagram in a way that can easily be construed as lude by the audience. In July this year, the designer also posted an image to Instagram showcasing his l latest pair of sparkly sneakers, displayed atop of his own $350,000 USD Ferrari 812 Superfast in a matching shade of green. However, Ferrari views the association as one that is uncalled for – a fact that is has also called out in the ‘Cease and Desist’ letter addressed to Plein.
While commenting on the same, Ferrari also stated that an association with Plein aligns the car company “with a lifestyle [that is] totally inconsistent with [Ferrari’s] brand perception, in connection with performers making sexual innuendos and using Ferrari’s cars as props in a manner which is per se distasteful.” The automaker presented Plein 48 hours to remove the associated pictures from Instagram however he not only refused to do that but also went on to post the said letter for his fans to see. Well, looks like Plein just loves inviting trouble onto himself!
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SUPPORT THE FAMILY !! It’s honestly amazing how many people show love ❤️ and support the family 🙏 …… I am receiving thousands of photos from PP 👟 on SUPERCARS from all over the world 🌎 ITALY 🇮🇹 GERMANY 🇩🇪 FRANCE 🇫🇷 USA 🇺🇸 BRAZIL 🇧🇷 UK 🇬🇧 MONACO 🇲🇨 AUSTRIA 🇦🇹 NETHERLANDS 🇳🇱……….. !!! Where do we all end up if brands will start to dictate us what to post on our personal Instagram accounts ?? Social media gives all of us the freedom of speech ✊ this is not a fight against Ferrari, this is a fight for our right to post on our private social media accounts whatever we decide (as long as it does not cause any harm to anybody) ! NOBODY SHOULD DICTATE US WHAT TO DO AND WHAT NOT ! 🔈🔈🔈DON’T PUSH US ✋ BECAUSE WE WILL PUSH BACK STRONGER 💪 MY MOVEMENT IS STRONG AND NOBODY CAN STOP US !