Burberry has issued a statement after the fashion giant came under fire for clothing a model in a hoodie with a cord knotted in the shape of a noose at the company’s London Fashion Week show on Sunday.
In a statement shared via NPR, the top officers of the company apologised for their insensitivity and added that they have dropped the design. “We are deeply sorry for the distress caused by one of the products … featured in our A/W 2019 runway collection Tempest,” Burberry CEO Marco Gobbetti said in an emailed statement. “Though the design was inspired by the marine theme that ran throughout the collection, it was insensitive and we made a mistake.”
Also, Burberry’s creative director, Riccardo Tisci, said, “While the design was inspired by a nautical theme, I realise that it was insensitive. It was never my intention to upset anyone. It does not reflect my values nor Burberry’s and we have removed it from the collection,” he said.
And this comes merely one week after Gucci withdrew a sweater with a blackface image. And last year, Prada dropped a line of merchandise resembling monkeys with black faces and red lips.