PARIS — Italian designer Massimo Piombo has been sentenced to a three-month suspended prison term and a fine of 15,000 euros, or $17,085, for stealing samples from a textile archive belonging to Hermès International in 2014.
The court of appeals in Lyon, France, also sentenced Piombo to damages of 5,000 euros, or $5,700, and court costs of 2,000 euros, or $2,275, an official at the court said. All dollar rates are calculated at average exchange rates.
The designer, whose MP Massimo Piombo line is known for an eccentric and retro-tinged aesthetic, was arrested at Lyon airport in February 2014 and found with eight vintage fabric samples hidden in his socks and a jacket pocket, according to French news agency AFP.
Piombo had just visited Holding Textile Hermès in Pierre-Bénite near Lyon, it added. Formerly known as Bucol, the company was founded in 1924 and specializes in designing and weaving high-end fabrics for clothing and furnishing, according to its Web site.
“The company owns several thousand paper and textile archives from the 16th century through to modern-day for furnishings and from the Forties to today for clothing. These archives are used as inspiration or are reinterpreted by the company’s stylists,” it says.
“Today a subsidiary of the Hermès group, Bucol works with the most well-known ready-to-wear fashion brands and furniture producers all over the world,” it adds.
A spokeswoman for Hermès International said it had no comment on Piombo’s sentencing. Piombo’s office had no immediate comment.
MP Massimo Piombo last year opened its first flagship in Milan, in a townhouse in the Brera district, the former studio of Italian interior designer Gae Aulenti. “My vision is to offer things not meant to follow commercial dictates, but products with very special peculiarities,” Piombo told WWD in 2015.