Russia’s glam socialites refused access to Chanel and luxury brand items

Russian socialites living in Dubai have found they can't access top brands like Chanel after they refused to sell them their favourite accessories.

Socialites fleeing to the UAE during the Russian invasion of Ukraine are outraged that they cannot grab their favourite designer brands, after Chanel placed sanctions on Russia.

Russian interior designer and influencer Liza Litvin was furious that the famous brand wouldn't sell her a bag in a top Dubai mall, taking to social media to fume.

The complaints come as thousands of Ukrainian rebels and civilians are losing their lives fighting back against invading Russian forces under President Vladimir Putin's orders.

Litvin said: "I went to a Chanel boutique in the Mall of the Emirates. They didn't sell me the bag because (attention!) I am from Russia!!!"

She also claimed that Chanel "has a new order that they only sell after I sign a piece of paper saying that I won't wear this bag in Russia. They asked for my ID details and I gave my Russian phone number."

The Russian designer was outraged when she claimed the manager said that "starting from today they were selling to Russians only if they sign an agreement not to wear their items in Russia."

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Litvin is not the only one to take to social media to voice her complaints with Russian singer and TV personality Anna Kalashnikova, 37, saying she was barred from buying earrings and a bag from a Chanel store, also in Dubai.

She explained how a manager at the store told her: "We know you are a Russian celebrity. We know you'll be taking purchases to Russia, so we can't sell our brand's items."

Kalashnikova was less than impressed and announced she would be boycotting Chanel, along with a post that read: "'Oops’, I thought. Next I remembered Coco Chanel was not only mistress of a Nazi officer, but an agent of German intelligence.

“So this action of her brand really makes me remember her biography. It's so low to support fascism and Russophobia.”

Influencer Yana Rudkoskaya, 47, who shared a video of herself snowboarding in lavish clothing while holding a champagne flute in an Instagram post, said she was in "shock" at Chanel's actions, The Daily Mirror reports.

She said: "This is a shock for a woman who's been buying Chanel and Chanel Haute Couture for more than 20 years, and who sat at its shows in the front row."

Rudkoskaya, a Moscow-based music show producer, added that she felt the ban was "somewhat humiliating" after splashing out almost €1million (£830,000) on Chanel products.

Chanel confirmed it would not sell products to Russians abroad with a statement from the company saying it "complies with all laws applicable to our operations and employees worldwide, including trade sanction laws".

But Snezhanna Georgieva, 46, said that there was a way around the ban claiming that "some boutiques are still open when a regular customer calls them."

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