Zara apologized for selling a striped children’s t-shirt and withdrew it from production, hours after introducing the item that quickly drew criticism for resembling uniforms worn at concentration camps during the Holocaust.
The striped t-shirt with a six-pointed yellow star was on sale in several countries, including Israel, today until the Inditex SA-owned brand realized it was a sensitive issue and decided to pull it, a company spokeswoman said. The star was meant to resemble a sheriff’s badge.
“We honestly apologize, the t-shirt was inspired by the sheriff’s stars from the classic Western films and is no longer in our stores,” Zara said on Twitter.
This is not the first time that Zara and its rivals have met criticism from shoppers. A swastika-decorated handbag was removed from Zara’s stores in 2007. Stockholm-based rival Hennes & Mauritz AB earlier this year pulled a tank-top with a human skull inside a Star of David.
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