Oy Vey! Fashion Brand Apologizes

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A luxury fashion brand has apologized after Jews complained about an outfit selling for £1,500 that resembled the striped uniforms worn by inmates of German work camps during WW2.

Spanish brand Loewe, which sells in Harrods and Selfridges among other high-end outlets, removed the black and white stripped top and trouser set from its collection after Jews criticized the likeness.

In an apology posted on social media site Instagram on Friday night, they said: “It was brought to our attention that one of our looks featured in a magazine and part of our Arts and Crafts ceramicist William De Morgan collaboration could be misconstrued as referring to one of the most odious moments in the history of mankind.”

They added: “It was absolutely never our intention and we apologize to anyone who might feel we were insensitive to sacred memories.

But this caused more kvetching as  Jemma Millman from Manchester, who is Jewish, felt the apology did not go far enough. The 30-year-old said: “To not even mention the Holocaust directly is insulting to all affected. Referring to this incident as ‘insensitive to sacred memories’ is even more disrespectful.”


Other fashion brands have been questioned over lines of clothing that resemble uniforms worn by camp inmates, or containing NSDAP symbols.

In 2015, high-street chain Urban Outfitters was criticized by antisemitism watchdog the Anti-Defamation League, for a grey-and-white stripped product with a pink triangle, resembling uniforms worn by gay prisoners in concentration camps.

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In 2014, Spanish brand Zara removed a blue-and-white top with a yellow star from its children’s collection.

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And in 2014, brand Mango apologized for a ‘lightning bolt’ blouse that critics said resembled insignia worn by the SS in Nazi Germany.

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In 2017 a shirt which at first look appeared to be patterned with tiny, white polka dots where found for sale in a Ross Dress for Less store in Florida, but upon closer inspection they were swastikas, roughly 14,000 of them in all.

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The shirt had been designed by a company that licensed the Airwalk brand, then manufactured in India, shipped to a U.S. warehouse, and delivered to Ross stores, according to people involved in the process. Apparently nobody flagged it along the way.




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