Marc Jacobs Pulls 'neo-Nazi' T-Shirt from the Shelves
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Marc Jacobs has found his secondary brand 'Marc by Marc Jacobs' under scrutiny after one T-Shirt has been said to bear the graphic of a neo-Nazi cult CD cover. Punk-Rock and white-power band Skrewdriver’s 1987 LP ‘Boots and Braces’ is almost identical to the graphic of the $70 top, which has since been removed. Retail partners have been given the option to do the same. Despite this, when speaking to ‘The Cut’ a Marc by Marc Jacobs spokesperson assured that there is no connection with the band, nor was the label trying to make a statement. The incident follows that of Urban Outfitters as they recently recalled the ‘Vanguard Pitchfork Tee’ due to its similarity to the symbol of powerful Chicago gang ‘Gangster Disciples’. The brand was unaware of the connotations when purchasing the design from T-Shirt from the designer. It has been assured however, it was not the company’s intention to offend or promote gang violence. This isn’t the first time Jacobs has received criticism. The launch advertisement of perfume Oh! Lola in 2011 was banned by the ASA (Advertising Standards Authority). Featuring then 17-year-old Dakota Fanning, the campaign was deemed to be an inappropriate expression of sexuality, especially as Fanning appeared to be under the age of 16. The eerie resemblance of the two motifs has raised scepticism as critics ask whether Jacobs is once again pushing the boundaries in the name of fashion or if the company was genuinely unaware of the resemblance or the connotations of the band. One blogger on Gawker mockingly questioned “Why spend almost $70 on this Marc Jacobs t-shirt when you can get a Skrewdriver shirt on CafePress for only a little more than it costs to go to a movie?” Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstom have since both stopped stocking the shirt.