One of the biggest accessory trends to come out of the virus pandemic has been personal protective equipment, or commonly known by many as “PPE.”
Luxury designer Louis Vuitton has jumped on the PPE trend and will release a $961 face shield for rich people.
The high-end fashion shield will be part of the company’s 2021 Cruise collection, available in stores late October. The plastic face guard will include Louis Vuitton’s signature monogram print on the elastic strap securing the shield onto the wearer’s head. The shield itself is trimmed with Louis Vuitton’s famous pattern.
In a statement, Louis Vuitton describes the shield as “an eye-catching headpiece, both stylish and protective.”
Other luxury brands, such as Fendi, Palm Angels, Marine Serre, and Cristian Siriano, have jumped on the PPE trend for rich people by releasing products of their own, including masks and face shields.
We suspect these luxury brand PPE items will not be available in PPE vending machines across the New York City subway system.
While the US CDC does not require the use of face shields in commercial settings, face masks, on the other hand, are essentially required across the country.
“This is a $1,000 (maybe) face shield. Don’t buy it! This is a ridiculously high-priced logo-covered item for rich people. But it’s also not exactly a trinket. If even some rich people are a little bit more inclined to wear personal protective gear, because they have purchased this face shield, that’s good for all of us,” said Slate’s Shannon Palus.
If readers think $1,000 face shields are overpriced, try the world’s most expensive coronavirus face mask, worth around $1.5 million.
When it comes to the rich and poor, there’s a noticeable divide into the quality and price of PPE products.
And, by the way, there’s still little conclusive evidence that face masks are an effective way to limit the spread of respiratory viruses.
So, really, what’s the point in fancy PPE gear? Is it just a status symbol?