Alexander McQueen has become the latest victim of fashion thieves raiding London shops and studios.


On Dec. 27, thieves broke into McQueen’s East End headquarters, stealing computers and some handbag samples from the fall 2008 season. A spokeswoman said the theft was not a major one, and the computers contained mostly administrative, rather than creative, data. She said the company was looking at closed-circuit television footage and working with police.


In September, thieves broke into Christopher Kane’s studio and stole a large part of his spring 2008 collection as well as the designer’s laptop. Since the beginning of 2007, London stores including Marc Jacobs, Asprey, Roger Vivier, Luella, Brora, Anya Hindmarch, Sonia Rykiel, and Frost French have been ransacked by thieves on mopeds. It’s unclear, however, whether the store and studio thefts are related.

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