Shalom Life | October 22, 2014

Mango Under Fire For Selling 'SS Blouse'

The Jewish-founded fashion company has faced increased criticism this week after unveiling a new shirt that boasts a lightning-bolt motif

By: Daniel Koren

Published: October 20th, 2014 in Business » World

As anti-Semitism continues to wreak havoc on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, it's also managed to rear its ugly head in the world of fashion.

Just last week, Sears and Amazon customers were outraged to find Swastika rings being sold as part of the men's punk fashion line, accompanied by a caption that read, "Not for Neo Nazi or any Nazi implication. These jewelry items are going to make you look beautiful at your next dinner date."

Yeah right.

Earlier this year, international fashion chain Zara also found itself in hot water after selling a concentration camp tee-shirt for children, resembling prison outfits Jews were forced to wear during the Holocaust.

Now, Mango, a Jewish-founded fashion chain based out of Barcelona, has many outraged after selling a blouse, named "the total look," that boasts a lightning bolt motif which holds remarkable resemblance to the emblem of the SS, the Nazi's secret police force.

While some could argue the move was made in a bid to attract the young Harry Potter crowd, many Twitter users have pointed out that it's association to the Nazi symbol isn't something the marketing department at Mango should have overlooked.

The blouse, sold for EUR 35.99 ($46, or NIS 171), has already been referred to as "the SS shirt," "the Eva Braun Collection" or simply as "Nazi chic" with many commenting on the company's "epic fail."

Others insist that the shirt isn't actually offensive if it wasn't Mango's intention, and that the blouse is simply one that features a lightning bolt insignia.

In any event, the Barcelona-based company issued an apology Monday, adding that the blouse has been recalled.

"The RAYO blouse belongs to a collection inspired by mini-motifs. In the range there are two other models which feature hearts and stars," Mango told The Local via email. "This design shows one of the designs. Mango regrets the unfortunate association that has come about because of this design."

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