François-Henri Pinault Joins Dorchester Collection Boycott

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French luxury group Kering head Francois-Henri Pinault poses before a press conference in Paris to announce the group's 2013 results on February 21, 2014.
French luxury group Kering head Francois-Henri Pinault poses before a press conference in Paris to announce the group's 2013 results on February 21, 2014. Photo: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images

Kering CEO François-Henri Pinault has joined other members of the fashion community, including designers Peter Som and Brian Atwood and Decades owner Cameron Silver, in boycotting the Dorchester Collection, the luxury hotel group that includes popular Paris Fashion Week destination Le Meurice. The Dorchester Collection's owner, the sultan of Brunei, has introduced Shari'a law in his country — under which the sentence for homosexuality and for adultery is death by stoning. "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," said Pinault in a statement posted on the foundation's Twitter account. The boycott has already resulted in a $2 million loss of revenue for the conglomerate, which also includes Milan's Hotel Principe di Savoia and the Dorchester in London.