Armory Bribery Scandal: Fashion World Questions the Hubbub

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Overview

Fashion industry executives reacted with surprise to the news Marc Jacobs and PR firm KCD are caught up in a bribery scandal involving the 69th Regiment Armory — although many alleged such payments are a cost of doing business in the city.

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Designer and Luxury

Armory Bribery Scandal: Fashion World Questions the Hubbub

Major scandal or tempest in a teapot?

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