Zara has come under fire from critics this week who’ve pointed out that a recent item for sale on the international clothing retailer’s websites too closely resembles uniforms worn by Jews in German concentration camps.
The “Sheriff” t-shirts were meant to evoke old westerns, the company’s parent Inditex has said, but for many, the stripes and large yellow star on the breast were at the very least exceptionally tone deaf, if not wildly offensive.
“The tee shirt has already been withdrawn,” the company told the Jerusalem Post. “It has nothing to do with the second world war or whatever,” they said, pointing to the word sheriff written on the star. “The inspiration had to do with the old classic western movies. Obviously we are very attentive to the sensitivity of our customers. We made a mistake in this case.”
In 2007, the Post points out, the company had to retract a series of bags that were illustrated with swastikas.
— Nathalie Rothschild (@n_rothschild) August 27, 2014
Here’s a fun fact: Amancio Ortega Gaona, the world’s 3rd richest man, and founder of Inditex, comes from the same area of Spain as Generalissimo Francisco Franco.