Louis Vuitton is facing accusations of cultural appropriation over the sale of a $705 scarf...
Louis Vuitton is a French fashion house and luxury goods company.
Founded in 1854, the brand is by none other than the man, Louis Vuitton, himself.
The brand is known for its unbelievably stylish collections...
$4,000 for a jacket?
It's a no from us!
Over the years, the brand has released some wild designs for even wilder prices.
Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2021 Airplane Bag by Virgil Abloh— SAINT (@saint) April 2, 2021
Earlier this year, a Louis Vuitton bag that's shaped like a plane was the subject of ridicule on social media.
But this week, the designer brand is the talk online for an entirely different reason...
People have taken to the internet slamming the brand and accusing it of cultural appropriation...
👀 designers stealing indigenous designs. Again...— 😷Vaccinated & Still Masking Stephanie😷 (@StephanieC_IA) June 2, 2021
cultural appropriation is a major issue in the fashion industry and it has officially become a 'trend' where established companies like Zara, Fendi, Louis Vuitton and so many more have blurred the lines between selling trendy clothing and selling culturally appropriate clothing— 𝐑 (@itsrimsha_) June 2, 2021
Unbelievable.— Sam Snead (@icegrill) June 2, 2021
I think the name “stole” refers to what they did with this design. WTF @LouisVuitton. This is bloody disgusting.— #BlackLivesMatter 🌈🇿🇦🇵🇸 (@YRamkissoon) June 2, 2021
I will NEVER buy LV again! Always been one of my favourite designers but no more...this is disgusting! Profiting off the misery of an oppressed people! Truly sickening!— Collette Dillon (@ColletteMDillon) June 2, 2021
What’s bizarre is that they are using the colours of the Israeli flag to promote a garment associated with the Palestinian people -outrageous— Arya Raj Mukherjee (@billiontherise) June 2, 2021
JFC the appropriation is disgusting. there is still one keffiyeh factory in palestine (i hope it is still there!). i don't want to detract from your wife's shop so i won't link it here but this vuitton stuff is so basic and gross. they should be ashamed.— Anne Ominous (@rustoleumlove) June 2, 2021
When we wear Kuffieh, we’re labeled “terrorists” but when Louis Vuitton does it, it’s “ high fashion”— 𝑅𝑜𝑠𝑒🌹 (@RikabiRose) June 3, 2021
the most disgusting horrible cultural appropriation ever!
This is disgusting— Zaynab Khan (@HooosainZaynab) June 2, 2021
We’re not here for this cultural appropriation mess @LouisVuitton 😳.— Sam (@Sam85748646) June 3, 2021
no bcs louis vuitton did cultural appropriation and made it blue aka the israel colour what the hell??— lorde’s gf (real)🇵🇸| L3 track 5 (@swaggyIwt) June 2, 2021
Louis Vuitton is facing accusations of cultural appropriation over the sale of a $705 scarf inspired by the Palestinian keffiyeh.
With many people accusing Louis Vuitton of failing to acknowledge the importance of the scarf as a symbol of Palestine while also questioning if they had purposely chosen the colours of Israel's flag.
Although now removed from their website, as per the Independent, the Monogram Keffiyeh Stole was described as being "inspired by the classic Keffiyeh and enriched with House signatures."
"A jacquard weave technique is used to create the intricate Monogram patterns on its base of blended cotton, wool and silk. Soft and lightweight with fringed edges, this timeless accessory creates an easygoing mood," the description also read.
One Instagram account, Diet Prada, shared a series of photographs comparing the scarf to the traditional keffiyeh, while writing:
"So LVMH's stance on politics is 'neutral,' but they're still making a $705 logo-emblasoned keffiyeh, which is a traditional Arab headdress that's become a symbol of Palestinian nationalism. Hmmmm…"
The caption is believed to refer to a statement sent to Diet Prada on May 21 in which a source associated with LVMH said their "stance on politics is neutral," the Insider reports.
They took a keffiyah, used it’s design and added white and blue and are now selling it off for an exorbitant price in what seems to be some sick ironic commentary on what’s happening in the region at the moment. pic.twitter.com/3aXpYD1asv— Shakeel Garda (@ShakeelGarda) June 2, 2021
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