Marc Jacobs says their recent t-shirt design bearing resemblance to artwork for a single by former neo-Nazi band Skrewdriver was unintentional. The boot graphic on the t-shirt is similar to that for the band’s single “Boots and Braces.”
The designer has pulled the t-shirt from his own retail outlets and is encouraging other retailers carrying the shirt to do the same, according to New York Magazine. Nordstrom has already yanked the t-shirt while it still remains on sale at Saks Fifth Avenue for a whopping $68. A spokesperson for Marc Jacobs gave a statement to NY Mag’s fashion blog, The Cut:
It has been brought to our attention that the imagery on a T-shirt of ours is similar to that used by a band. We were not trying to make a connection to that band or make a statement of any kind. We have removed the stock of the shirt from our own stores and offer our retail partners the same opportunity.
Skrewdriver formed in 1977 and released music into the ’90s. Their lead singer identified himself as a neo-Nazi until his death from a car wreck in 1993. He may still identify himself as one, but he’s dead now.