Dolce & Gabbana Under Fire For Releasing ‘Slave Sandals’

FILE -- In this file photo taken on Jan. 12, 2013, Italian fashion designers Stefano Gabbana, left, and Domenico Dolce bow to the audience after presenting their Dolce & Gabbana men's Fall-Winter 2013-14 collection in Milan, Italy. A Milan court convicted fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana of tax evasion. The pair were found guilty Wednesday of failing to declare euros 1 billion ($1.3 billion) in income to authorities. The court sentenced them both to one year and eight months in jail. Prosecutors argued that the pair had evaded taxes on income of 416 million euros each and 200 million euros through a Luxembourg-based company. The statute of limitations ran out on a charge of misrepresenting income. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Luxury fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana isn’t new to claims of cultural appropriation, but their latest fumble has reached a devastating new low.

The brand is facing scrutiny after a brightly colored sandal titled, “Slave Sandal in Napa Leather with Pompoms” popped up on their website on Thursday. Part of their Spring 2016 collection, the $2,395 sandal is decorated with pom-poms as an ode to Italy, “told through unique clothing and accessories on an imaginary journey through the wonders of this country,” the site’s description of the shoe states. Italia is Love.”

“Slave” was an original term for lace-up shoes now known as “gladiators” (who were also considered slaves). In true fashion, Twitter erupted with criticism for the established brand.

The sandal was quietly renamed “Decorative Flat Sandal In Napa Leather With Pompoms” on Friday morning. This isn’t the first time the brand has been accused of racism. During the presentation of their Spring 2013 Ready-To-Wear collection in 2012, models were seen wearing racist depictions of Black women as earrings on the runway.

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