02.16.2019

Gucci Launches Action Plan To Increase Diversity After Blackface Sweater Apology

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Gucci isn’t wasting any time making a mends after being accused of selling a sweater that closely resembles blackface.

The luxury label issued a swift apology and immediately pulled the design off its shelves. In the wake of the firestorm, Gucci collaborator and designer Dapper Dan released a statement via Instagram calling the situation “outrageously wrong” and an “insult.” The renowned designer also confirmed that Gucci’s President and chief executive officer Marco Bizzarri would fly to New York City for a meeting in Harlem to discuss solutions with community and industry thought leaders.

That meeting of the minds, which also included several of Gucci’s highest ranking executives, took place Thursday — and 24 hours later Gucci has announced the first of several rounds of initiatives it will implement to rectify its recent transgression, and make good on its promise of creating institutionalized change within the company.

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