We’re only six days into Black History Month and it’s already been crazy.
Not only are politicians getting caught up for wearing Blackface left and right, but now Gucci is in hot water for a blackface-inspired sweater.
The fashion house has apologized for selling the black balaclava knit top from the Fall Winter 2018 season. It currently sells for $890 on sites like Spring and features a cut-out at the mouth that is outlined in red.
Here’s how the sweater is described on the website:
‘Inspired by vintage ski masks, multicolored knitted balaclavas walked the runway, adding a mysterious feel to this collection. This knit top combines the accessory with the ready-to-wear collection.’
Anyone with eyes can see that the sweater is reminiscent of racist caricatures with overtly drawn red lips.
Peep Gucci’s apology below:
Gucci deeply apologizes for the offense caused by the wool balaclava jumper.
We consider diversity to be a fundamental value to be fully upheld, respected, and at the forefront of every decision we make.
Full statement below. pic.twitter.com/P2iXL9uOhs
— gucci (@gucci) February 7, 2019