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Luxury makes world go round: Karl Lagerfeld

Published on Nov 9, 2012 6:37 AM
Chanel's creative director Karl Lagerfeld poses on Nov 8, 2012 before the opening of his photo exhibition entitled Little Black Jacket at the Grand Palais in Paris. -- PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - Luxury is what makes the world go round, and France is still top of the game, Karl Lagerfeld said on Thursday at the opening of a celebrity-studded photo show devoted to Chanel's little black jacket.

"There is a French touch that shows immediately," said the white-haired German designer, who has all of Chanel's clothes made in France - with the exception of shoes in Italy and knitwear in Britain.

"For now we are still unbeatable, but it is a battle," he told AFP when asked about emerging market competitors snapping at the heels of the French and European luxury sector.

"If I don't defend French luxury then I might as well leave," he quipped.

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