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Gucci pulled polo neck sweater over blackface resemblance

Last week, the fashion house Gucci has removed an $890 sweater that was criticized for its resemblance to blackface, from its stores and website after social media users denounced it as resembling blackface.

Gucci removed sweater blackface
Figure: Gucci’s creative director addressed the controversy over the brand’s $890 sweater that was criticized last week for its resemblance to blackface.

The “balaclava” knit was part of Gucci’s autumn/winter 2018 range.

In a letter to all the employees, Creative Director of Gucci, Alessandro Michele said racism was not the intention behind the balaclava sweater — which featured a pull-up neck and bright red lips as a cutout for the mouth.

“The fact that, contrarily to my intentions, that turtle-neck jumper evoked racist imagery causes me the greatest grief,” he said in the letter to Gucci’s 18,000 employees, first reported by the website Women’s Wear Daily.

“But I am aware that sometimes, our actions can end up with causing unintentional effects. It is therefore necessary taking full accountability for these effects.”

Gucci, the Italian luxury brand also released a statement last week that said, “We are fully committed to increasing diversity throughout our organization and turning this incident into a powerful learning moment for the Gucci team and beyond.”

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