Gucci “Deeply Apologizes” for Sweater Resembling Blackface

The top has since been removed from the brand's website.

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Gucci's under fire for creating a black turtleneck with red lips, which the fashion line recently withdrew following accusations that it resembled racist "blackface" caricatures. (Andrea Ronchini/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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Luxury fashion house Gucci is under fire for creating and promoting a sweater that social media users said resembles blackface because of its design.

In a Twitter post Wednesday, the Italian brand said it “deeply apologizes for the offense caused by the wool balaclava jumper.”

“We can confirm that the item has been immediately removed from our online store and all physical stores,” Gucci said in a statement on Wednesday. “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.”

The $890 sweater had been slammed on social media, with Twitter users saying it resembled blackface and expressing emotions ranging from exasperation to outrage.
“Today Gucci released their Balaclava Knit Top. Sigh. Really Gucci? Really?” one user shared.

The top, which has been removed from Gucci’s site, is a black turtleneck that pulls up over the lower half of the wearer’s face, complete with a cutout of oversized red lips. It’s the second time in just over a year that a powerhouse fashion brand has been slammed by critics for racial insensitivity. Prada issued an apology for a similar lapse in judgement in December 2018.

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