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article imageDorchester hotel boycott is already biting hard

By Bill K. Anderson     Jun 11, 2014 in Business
An article that is talking about the current boycott is gaining support from those such as François-Henri, on the Dorchester chain of hotels.
The Chief Executive Officer and Kering Chairman, François-Henri Pinault, has joined a group within the fashion community that is slowly gaining momentum and has supported the decision of calling a boycott of the Dorchester Collection Hotels which is the Sultan of Brunei-owned hotels.
Pinault with Brian Atwood, Peter Som and Decades owner Cameron Silver have criticized the decision of the Sultan to introduce strict Sharia law in the Southeast Asian state. He wrote from the Kering Foundation's Twitter account: "As president of Kering Foundation, which combats violence against women, I firmly condemn the Sultan of Brunei's decision and join the boycott of his hotel properties." In fact, this law is both repressive and anti-egalitarian, which tramples basic human rights, states the sentence of death by stoning for homosexuality and for adultery and dismemberments as punishment for theft.
It is understandable that Kering won’t force all popular group bands such as Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Boucheron and Puma to stay at such hotels like the Meurice and Plaza Athénée in Paris, the Principe di Savoia in Milan, the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles and the Dorchester in London since the life of their customers are at stake.
In return, CEO of the Dorchester Collection stated that this decision of boycott should not be applicable to their hotels. He said: “While we recognize people’s concerns, we believe this boycott should not be directed to our hotels and dedicated employees. The economic impact of this not only affects our loyal team members but extends to the local community, our valued partners and suppliers.” He also added: “We have been deeply touched by the tremendous support received from our loyal guests and long-standing business partners who recognize that Dorchester Collection hotels are part of the fabric of their local communities. We continue to honor their iconic heritage and remain committed to our core values of integrity, equality and diversity.” The boycott has already resulted in a $2 million loss of revenue for the conglomerate, due to 20 canceled events.
Despite the situation, the group Council of Fashion Designers of America, a non-profit trade association of America’s foremost fashion and accessory designers which does not have any business relationship with the Dorchester group, will continue to steer clear of the Dorchester. CFDA represents 450 leading women’s wear, men’s wear, jewelry and accessory designers. “No idea is too small to make a large impact,” is their marketing slogan. Steven Kolb, the Executive director of Council of Fashion Designers of America, stated that they don’t have any project to get involved in this situation. He said, “It is their decision to do business or not with Dorchester, although I am sure most support the boycott.”
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