– EN Fashion – Gucci collaborator Dapper Dan has slammed the label following the backlash surrounding a jumper which resembled “blackface”, insisting “there’s no apology that can erase this kind of insult”.
The Harlem-based couturier, real name Daniel Day, has had a love-hate relationship with Gucci over the years. Day’s appropriation of luxury brand logos, including the Gucci emblem, in his designs led to litigation in the ’90s, while creative director Alessandro Michele poked fun at the scandal in Gucci’s Cruise 2018 collection, which included a jacket which bore a striking resemblance to one of Dapper Dan’s designs. 
But Day and Gucci later put their differences aside and began working together – on a capsule collection and lookbook. Gucci also underwrote the designer’s new studio and atelier in Harlem. 
Despite their working relationship, Day took to Instagram on Sunday (10Feb19) to slam Gucci after the label apologised for creating a black knitted “balaclava jumper” which covered the lower half of the face and featured a cutout around the mouth surrounded by a red lips design – a design which many pointed out resembles “blackface”. 
Gucci apologised in a statement and withdrew the item from sale, but Day insisted in his Instagram post that it’s not enough. 
“I am a Black man before I am a brand,” he wrote. “Another fashion house has gotten it outrageously wrong. There is no excuse nor apology that can erase this kind of insult. The CEO of Gucci 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.”
Day isn’t the only famous face not to accept Gucci’s apology. Rapper T.I. urged fans to boycott the Italian fashion house, writing on Instagram: “As a 7 figure/yr customer & long time supporter of your brand I must say…Y’all GOT US f**ked UP!!! APOLOGY NOT ACCEPTED!!!!. We ain’t going for this “oops my bad I didn’t mean to be racist and disrespectful towards your people” s**t (sic)…!!!
“We ALL GOTTA Stop buying, wearing, and supporting this piece of s**t company And ALL PIECE OF S**T COMPANIES UNTIL THEY LEARN TO RESPECT OUR DOLLARS & VALUE OUR BUSINESS…!!!! I Don’t Give a F**k if I gotta wear (budget-friendly) Target brand s**t (sic).”
Russell Simmons, the founder of fashion labels Phat Farm and Baby Phat, also echoed T.I.’s calls for a boycott.