A screenshot taken on Thursday Feb.7, 2019 from an online fashion outlet showing a Gucci turtleneck black wool balaclava sweater for sale, that they recently pulled from its online and physical stores. Gucci has apologized for the wool sweater that resembled a "blackface" and said the item had been removed from its online and physical stores, the latest case of an Italian fashion house having to apologize for cultural or racial insensitivity.
Photo: AP/AP
Photo: AP/AP

Gucci removes turtleneck sweater from stores after blackface criticism

The Associated Press reported the brand pulled its turtleneck black wool balaclava sweater, which covered the nose and contained a red cutout for the mouth. It was priced at $890.

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Gucci apologized for the sweater in a statement on Twitter, saying, “Gucci deeply apologizes for the offense caused by the wool balaclava jumper. We confirm that the item has been immediately removed from our online store and all physical stores.

“We consider diversity to be a fundamental value to be fully upheld respected, and at the forefront of every decision we make. 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.”