September 26, 2007

fashion doesn’t get a bad rap for no reason

Posted in wtf? at 10:44 am by squishy

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Fashion chain Zara withdraws swastika handbag

I couldn’t make this up even if I TRIED.

Spanish fashion chain Zara has withdrawn a handbag from its stores after a customer in Britain complained swastikas were embroidered on it.

Zara, owned by the world’s second largest fashion retailer Inditex, said it did not know the 39 pound ($78) handbag had green swastikas on its corners.

The bags were made by a supplier in India and inspired by commonly used Hindu symbols, which include the swastika. The original design approved by Zara did not have swastikas on it, Inditex said.
Source

I get that they’re Hindu symbols, but it’s frightening that no one saw that and thought, “That might be mildly offensive.”

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