Rick Ross’ Louis Vuitton Rumor Slammed By The ‘Sunglass Pimp’
After it was reported that Rick Ross was ousted for wearing counterfeit Louis Vuitton sunglasses by the company Louis Vuitton itself, new details have now revealed that the rapper was actually wearing authentic Louis Vuitton sunglasses which were customized by Jacob ‘Jack’ Bernstein aka “The Sunglass Pimp,” a name given to him by hip hop music producer Jazze Pha.
As reported on Wednesday (May 13), Louis Vuitton reached out to XXL Magazine regarding the cover of their issue featuring Rick Ross wearing what LV referred to as “counterfeit” Louis Vuitton sunglasses. LV claimed that Rick Ross or “Mr. Ross,” as they called him, did not have permission to feature Louis Vuitton trademarks, counterfeit or otherwise.
“We were dismayed to see the cover of the May 2009 issue of XXL Magazine, which features a photo of Rick Ross wearing a pair of sunglasses prominently featuring counterfeit Louis Vuitton trademarks,” Louis Vuitton sent to editors of XXL.
LV added that “…the sunglasses Mr. Ross is wearing were not made by Louis Vuitton, and in fact, are counterfeit” and “Louis Vuitton did not grant permission to Mr. Ross or to whoever did make the sunglasses to use our trademarks.”
Now, Jacob “The Sunglass Pimp” Bernstein, has responded in his own statement claiming that his customizations are “..the same thing as buying a Rolls Royce and tricking out the entire interior, adding on a body kit, adding on the rims” adding that “after all that, you’re not going to call the Rolls Royce counterfeit.”
“Just because the product has been customized by me does not take away from the fact that the frames are authentic Louis Vuitton Millionaires,” Jacob “The Sunglass Pimp” Bernstein added.
Reportedly, Bernstein’s customization and accessory add-ons for sunglasses can cost as much as $15,000 such as for a pair of vintage Alpina sunglasses modified with 3.5 karats of diamonds, according to reports.
Bernstein has designed sunglasses for hip hop artists and celebs such as Jay Z, Kanye West, P-Diddy, Will I Am, Cee Lo, Big Boi, BeyoncÃ©, Ludacris, Brad Pitt, Gwen Stefani, Matt Dillon, John Travolta, Mary J. Blige, Goldie Hawn, Sharon Stone, Usher and more, who he claims shops at his Jack’s Eyewear shop located in Los Angeles, California.