Gucci has issued an apology after people accused one of their recent designs of looking a lot like blackface.
Social media users criticized the Italian fashion brand for its black balaclava sweater, which featured thick red lips around the cut-out mouth.
The top has now been removed from the company’s website and all physical stores.
Gucci said in a statement: “We can confirm that the item has been immediately removed from our online store and all physical stores.
“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.”
On Friday, director Spike Lee announced he will no longer wear Gucci or Prada until the fashion labels hire black designers. Prada came under fire in December for a monkey bag charm that resembled blackface.
“It’s Obvious To Da Peoples That They Don’t Have A Clue When It Comes To Racist, Blackface Hateful Imagery. WAKE UP,” he posted to Instagram, adding that brands need black designers “To Be In Da Room When It Happen.”
The “Blackkklansman” director has sported both Gucci and Prada on the red carpet in recent months.
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I,Spike Lee Of Sound Mind And Body Will No Longer Wear Prada Or Gucci Until They Hire Some Black Designers " To Be In Da Room When It Happens". It's Obvious To Da Peoples That They Don't Have A Clue When It Comes To Racist, Blackface Hateful Imagery. WAKE UP. Ya-Dig? Sho-Nuff. And Dat's Da "Coonery And Buffoonery” Truth,Ruth.
The news comes after Dolce & Gabbana were accused of racism a few months ago for sharing a video campaign that featured an Asian model struggling to eat various Italian foods, including pizza, cannoli, and spaghetti, with chopsticks.
The videos sparked outrage from many on social media over the depiction of Chinese people.