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GUCCI WITHDRAWS ITEM AFTER BLACKFACE CRITICS

Luxury fashion brand Gucci has withdrawn a woollen jumper from sale after the item was criticised for “resembling blackface.”

The black “balaclava jumper” covered the lower half of the face and featured a red cut-out around the mouth.

The item prompted a backlash on social media by users who claimed the design was offensive.

In a statement, Gucci apologised for any offence caused and said it would be removed from sale.

The brand said it would turn the incident “into a powerful learning moment for the Gucci team” and was committed to increasing diversity.

On social media, many criticised the design for invoking such stereotypes.

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Last month, Prada withdrew items over concerns it had depicted blackface imagery. The label pulled products from a line of goods called Pradamalia which appeared to resemble black monkeys with large red lips.

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