Luxury fashion brand Gucci has withdrawn a woollen jumper from sale after the item was criticised for “resembling blackface.”
The black “balaclava jumper” covered the lower half of the face and featured a red cut-out around the mouth.
The item prompted a backlash on social media by users who claimed the design was offensive.
In a statement, Gucci apologised for any offence caused and said it would be removed from sale.
The brand said it would turn the incident “into a powerful learning moment for the Gucci team” and was committed to increasing diversity.
Blackface has a history of perpetuating offensive and racist stereotypes of African Americans dating back more than 200 years in the United States.
On social media, many criticised the design for invoking such stereotypes.