By David Mercer
The fashion brand faces criticism for the black balaclava jumper which features a cut-out at the mouth that is outlined in red.
The Gucci jumper is being sold for $890 (£688). Pic: Gucci/Spring
Gucci has been embroiled in a racism row after shoppers complained a women’s jumper resembled “blackface”.
The Italian fashion brand faced a barrage of criticism after images emerged of the “balaclava jumper”, which features a cut-out at the mouth that is outlined in red.
Gucci has issued an apology “for the offence caused” and pulled the item from its stores and website.
However, the item is still available to buy for $890 (£688) on shopping website Spring, where it is described as being part of “The Fall Winter 2018 runway show” which was “inspired by vintage ski masks”.
“Multi-coloured knitted balaclavas walked the runway, adding a mysterious feel to this collection,” the item listing says.
The jumper was part of a collection ‘inspired by vintage ski masks’. Pic: Gucci/Spring
Many people voiced criticism of the jumper’s appearance after images were circulated online.