Libertine designer Johnson Hartig is planning to sue the United Parcel Service (UPS) after the world's largest shipping company lost track of nearly $200,000 worth of key pieces from his Spring/Summer 2016 collection. Per Page Six, Hartig, who is based in Los Angeles and shipped the garments ahead of his New York Fashion Week show, said: “Yes, we absolutely intend to [sue]. The process began several days ago in New York when I met with two attorneys.” He continued on to say: “The fact that UPS has been totally unempathetic, without even holding themselves accountable to this situation, is particularly frustrating considering how much work has gone into producing these pieces.”
If you’re familiar with Hartig’s work (and you probably are: it is stocked at the most highly-regarded retailers in the world and is a favorite to stars that range from Taylor Swift and Katy Perry to Mick Jagger and Cher to Heidi Klum), you will know why this was such a devastating loss. The vast majority of Hartig's garments are, in fact, one of a kind thanks to their excess in intricate embroidery, beading, bedazzling, hand-done silk screening (a process Hartig has mastered and pioneered over the years), and other customizations. The designer told the Hollywood Reporter, "The clothes were a lot of labor-intensive work this season — that’s what’s really terrible about it.”
As we told you last week, boxes containing at least 30 key garments from the brand’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection “mysteriously vanished in transit from the brand’s L.A. headquarters to the Hudson Hotel on New York’s west side, where the Libertine team has decamped for the week.” The designer says UPS lost track of the shipment and one box wasn’t even scanned before it went out, making it impossible to trace. The loss caused Hartig to produce a scaled-down collection for Fashion Week. However, Hartig told us the collection was slated to be one of his brand’s very best yet.
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