New York -- Fashion powerhouse Zara, owned by Spain’s Inditex, used social media to apologize after complaints poured in via Twitter that the retailer was selling a piece of clothing that closely resembled a uniform worn in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. The item in question, called the “Sheriff,” was a children’s blue-and-white striped top with a prominent six-pointed yellow star.
The top was featured on the retailer's online site in a select number of countries, including Sweden, France and Israel. It was removed on Wednesday hours after it went on sale. Zara turned to Twitter, issuing apologies in a number of different languages, and said the design of the shirt was styled after shirts worn in Old Western movies.
The company wrote on its Twitter feed:
“We honestly apologize, it was inspired by the sheriff’s stars from the Classic Western firms and is no longer in our stores.”