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Gucci and Nordstrom face backlash for selling an $800 turban

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It was dubbed a ‘trademark style’.

It’s been well over a year since Gucci’s infamous Fall 2018 runway – the one where the models carried dragons, snakes and their own heads down the catwalk – but it seems the backlash isn’t over yet.

Gucci and Nordstrom have come under fire for the decision to release the Indy Turban, a blue head wrap that was seen on the Fall 2018 runway. Let’s not forget, this is the same runway that brought us the blackface balaclava turtleneck jumper.

The turban popped up on the retailer a few days ago. Described as a ‘trademark style’, it was being sold for US $790.

Unsurprisingly, the backlash has quickly rolled in over the last few days, with advocacy organisation the Sikh Coalition stating to NBC News: “The turban is not just a fashion accessory to monetize, but a religious article of faith that millions of Sikhs around the world view as sacred.”

Nordstrom has recently tweeted an apology, claiming it never intended to “disrespect this religious and cultural symbol”.


Strangely, however, although it claims to have removed the product from the site, you can still see the sold-out product listing here (which has been renamed the ‘Full Head Wrap’).

Gucci is yet to comment.

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