Fashion retailer Zara apologizes for children’s shirt resembling Holocaust concentration camp uniform

Paula David – Fourth Estate Cooperative Reporter

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Fashion retailer Zara has issued a multilingual apology on Wednesday after consumers and critics pointed out that one of their featured children’s shirts resembled the uniform used in Holocaust concentration camps.

“We honestly apologize, it was inspired by the sheriff’s stars from the Classic Western films and is no longer in our stores,” Zara’s social media team wrote on Twitter.

The said pajama top, named the “sheriff shirt” was blasted by consumers, critics and netizens all over for bearing a striking resemblance to what Jewish prisoners in the World War II were made to wear.

Both garbs were striped in a dark hue and white, and bore a six-point gold star on its left breast area. The shirt children’s however, had horizontal stripes, while the uniforms had vertical ones.

In a statement to Israel’s Haaretz, a spokesperson from Zara’s parent company Inditex said, “The garment was inspired by the classic Western films, but we now recognise that the design could be seen as insensitive and apologize sincerely for any offence caused to our customers.”

The said item, which is said to have been sourced from Turkey, has since been taken off the Zara’s racks, as well as from its online selling stores.

Meanwhile, this is not the first time Zara was in hot waters for “offensive” items. In 2007, the fashion giant stopped selling a one of their handbag models, supplied from India, after some consumers complained it contained designs that looked a lot like swastikas.

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