The stripes are horizontal, and the yellow star says ‘sheriff,’ but Zara’s latest offering is hauntingly reminiscent of a darker era.
Zara’s latest fashion statement may have some shoppers wondering, “What were they thinking?”
The Spanish clothing and accessories retailer is now offering on its Israeli website a striped “sheriff” T-shirt that is hauntingly reminiscent of the striped shirts Holocaust survivors donned in Nazi concentration camps during World War II.
The Zara version sports horizontal rather than vertical stripes. However, the shirt bears a large six-pointed star on the upper-left section, in the exact place where Nazis forced Jews to wear the Star of David.
The word “sheriff” is written very faintly across the oversized yellow star.
In 2012, Danish fashion company Wood Wood apologized for a T-shirt featuring a detailing that resembled the Star of David worn by Jews during the Holocaust. The star was removed from the T-shirt after the Anti-Defamation League slammed clothing retailer Urban Outfitters for advertising it on its retail website.
In response to infuriated comments posted to Twitter, Zara expressed regret for running the shirt, saying, “We honestly apologize, it was inspired by the sheriff’s stars from the Classic Western films and is no longer in our stores”.