In addition to many others, legendary Harlem designer Dapper Dan is the latest to address the Blackface controversy surrounding Gucci, the famous fashion house he’s previously collaborated with.
While taking to Twitter, the designer explains, “I am a Black man before I am a brand. Another fashion house has gotten it outrageously wrong. There is no excuse nor apology that can erase this kind of insult.”
Additionally, his statement reads, “The CEO of G U C C I has agreed to come from Italy to Harlem this week to meet with me, along with members of the community and other industry leaders. There cannot be inclusivity without accountability. I will hold everyone accountable.”
— Dapper Dan (@DapperDanHarlem) February 10, 2019
Gucci deeply apologizes for the offense caused by the wool balaclava jumper.
We consider diversity to be a fundamental value to be fully upheld, respected, and at the forefront of every decision we make.
Full statement below. pic.twitter.com/P2iXL9uOhs
— gucci (@gucci) February 7, 2019