Gucci Issue “Racism” Apology

8 February 2019

Gucci has been caught up in a racism row after shoppers complained a women's jumper designed by the luxury brand resembled "blackface".

The Italian fashion brand faced criticism after images surfaced of the "balaclava jumper", which features a cut-out at the mouth that is outlined in red.

Gucci has issued an apology "for the offence caused" and pulled the item from its stores and website.

However, the item is still available to buy for £688 on shopping website Spring, where it is described as being part of "The Fall Winter 2018 runway show" which was "inspired by vintage ski masks".

"Multi-coloured knitted balaclavas walked the runway, adding a mysterious feel to this collection," the item listing says.

In a statement, Gucci said: "We consider diversity to be a fundamental value to be fully upheld, respected, and at the forefront of every decision we make. We are fully committed to increasing diversity throughout our organisation and turning this incident into a powerful learning moment for the Gucci team and beyond."



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