Mireille Gram, daughter of the founder of the Kipling brand, was arrested in Antwerp over the weekend on charges of attempting to murder one of her teenage twin daughters. According to the Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws, which first reported the story, Gram attacked one of her 14-year-old daughters on Sunday night with a knife while the daughter was asleep. The other twin was awakened by the noise and blocked the attack before seeking help from the girls’ nanny, who was still in the house at the time. Police arrived at the scene and arrested Gram, while the attacked daughter was brought to a nearby hospital, where she was treated for non life-threatening injuries.
Gram is the daughter of Tony Gram, the former owner and president of Kipling, the Belgium-based bag company founded in 1987. “Tony Gram is a former owner of Kipling who sold the brand 10 years ago,” said Julie Dimperio, president of Kipling North America. “Neither Tony nor his daughter Mireille have been involved with the Kipling business since the sale. Regardless, this is very sad news and our thoughts are with them.”