Zara apologizes for shirt that looks like Holocaust prisoner outfit

August 27, 2014

It’s official: Genocide-chic is not “in.”

After a backlash from customers, Spanish clothing retailer Zara announced Wednesday that it will no longer sell a shirt reminiscent of uniforms worn by Holocaust prisoners.

The child’s shirt features horizontal navy-and-white stripes and a six-pointed star with “sheriff” written faintly across the left breast — in the same spot where Nazis forced European Jews to wear the Star of David. Though the uniforms worn by concentration camp prisoners had vertical rather than horizontal stripes, to some the combination of the stripes and six-pointed yellow star was a haunting reminder of Nazi genocide.

Zara’s said the shirt was inspired by classic Westerns — which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, since everybody knows no sheriff worth his six-shooters would be caught dead in Breton stripes.

Gail Sullivan covers business for the Morning Mix blog.
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