Some of us look at this shirt and see a cute, striped top festooned with a pretty star and the word “sheriff.” Others look at the Zara toddler’s pajama top and see a nearly exact-replica of a concentration camp uniform worn by millions of Jews killed during the Holocaust. The yellow star on the shirt strongly resembles the six-pointed Star of David, which the Nazis forced Jewish citizens to wear in public. In response to a public outcry on Twitter, Zara has pulled the pajama top from its stores and Zara.com — though it insists the resemblance to concentration camp uniforms was unintentional. In fact, Zara said in a statement to the UK’s Guardian, “The garment was inspired by the classic Western films,” hence the word “sheriff” across the badge. Admittedly, you can barely see the word “sheriff” from images online, so it does look rather tasteless. Better luck next time, Zara. [Consumerist; Guardian UK]
This “pinafore dress” from Zara is reminding me of one of those old-timey bathing suits from the 1800s, which is reminding me of the episode of “Seinfeld” where Newman wears one of those bathing suits while yelling “Olly olly oxen free!” and cannonballing into a pool, which is a lovely memory, but not really an image I want my fashion choices to evoke. I’ll take a pass. [$90, Zara]
Last week, I stopped at Zara on my way home from work. I’ve had mixed luck finding great things to wear there in the past, but man, their latest crop of dresses are really outstanding. From the cuts to the color palette, their designs are on-point. Check out 10 of our favorite selections.
Just a little reminder for us to think about where our clothes come from. Spanish retailer Zara has been accused of child labor and violating fair labor practices by Brazil’s Ministry of Labour and Employment. According to the agency, 52 workers in one of the company’s São Paulo factories were being held in “slave-like” conditions, and at least one underage girl was found working there, violating child labor laws. Workers were required to work 16-hour shifts in windowless factories, and were paid significantly below Brazil’s minimum wage, earning between $170 to $286 a month. As a result of Brazil’s several months’ long investigation, Zara’s been charged with 52 infractions.
Notes the Brazilian fiscal auditor, Zara “should be responsible for all of its suppliers, and it is a duty of the company to be aware of how its merchandise is being produced.” But that’s often not the case. And when retailers fail to follow the long tail of their supply chain down to their factory workers, everyone loses. Keep reading »
Oh, Zara. For years now, the store has worn the crown when it comes to churning out retail collections inspired by what we see on the runway. Rest assured that this season is no different. Look closely at their Fall 2009 offerings and you will spot a flurry of faux designer gear. Is it just us, or do those big shouldered blazers look a lot like Balmain’s iconic jackets? Those slouchy trousers? Mighty similar to pants from Chloe’s latest collection. Oh, and the feather trimmed skirt? Didn’t Louis Vuitton debut the same thing on their Spring/Summer 2009 catwalk? The answer might be yes to all three questions. But will that make Zara stop the look-a-likes? Never — and we love it! See a couple more images, after the jump… [Racked] Keep reading »