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Chanel apologises to Shetland knitwear designer

Chanel has apologised to a Shetland knitwear designer after showing similar designs to hers at its 2016 preview show.

Buyers from the French fashion house visited Mati Ventrillon at her base on Fair Isle in Scotland earlier this year for research purposes but Chanel then showcased nearly identical sweaters at its recent show.

Chanel said it resulted from “dysfunctionality” within its teams and recognised her work as the source of inspiration for the jumpers.

A spokeswoman said: “Further to discussions that have allowed the parties to clarify this issue, Chanel will credit Mati Ventrillon by including the words ‘Mati Ventrillon design’ in its communication tools to recognise her as the source of inspiration for the knitwear models in question.

“Chanel also recognises the heritage and know-how of Fair Isle. Chanel wishes to emphasise that the house is extremely vigilant in terms of its respect for creativity, whether its own or that of others.”

Ventrillon said: “Chanel has been very open and helpful throughout the process; they have demonstrated their continuous support of small artisans and I understand that the whole situation arose from an oversight from Chanel’s team. I consider that the situation is being resolved in a professional way and that I have been heard.”

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