Burberry Apologizes for Hoodie That Looks Like a Noose

February 20, 2019

Burberry has apologized for including a hoodie in its London Fashion Week show this week that appeared to feature a noose around the neck. “We are deeply sorry for the distress caused by one of the products that featured in our A/W 2019 runway collection,” Marco Gobbetti, the brand’s chief executive officer, says in a statement to CNN. “Though the design was inspired by the marine theme that ran throughout the collection, it was insensitive and we made a mistake.” Lead designer Riccardo Tisci has echoed the sentiment, adding, “It was never my intention to upset anyone. It does not reflect my values nor Burberry’s and we have removed it from the collection.” The apologies came after model Liz Kennedy, who walked in the show but didn’t wear the offending hoodie, posted about the racist undertones on Instagram. In her post, she wrote, “There are hundreds of ways to tie a rope and they chose to tie it like a noose completely ignoring the fact that it was hanging around a neck.”