Retail Fails So Bad, We Can't Believe They Actually Happened
AMERICAN APPAREL'S RACY AD
The brand’s site recently posted a photo of a model, seen from behind, wearing a seriously skimpy leotard. Critics felt it was inappropriate since she looked like she could be underage, although American Apparel claims she’s 20, but that didn’t keep the image from being banned in the United Kingdom.
URBAN OUTFITTERS'S KENT STATE TOP
If you visited the store in in the last year, you might have come across a faux-distressed sweatshirt that looked to be splattered with blood emblazoned with the Kent State University logo. (Yes, as in the college that was the site of a deadly shooting during an anti-Vietnam War rally.) Soon after, the item was pulled from UO’s shelves and the company issued an apology.
ABERCROMBIE'S EXCLUSIVE ATTITUDE
“A lot of people don t belong [in our clothes], and they can t belong,” now former CEO Mike Jeffries said in an interview with Salon in 2006, adding that A&F is purposely “exclusionary.” He was alluding to the store’s refusal to stock larger sizes, which, it turns out, is a great way to make your store even more exclusionary (lots of people claimed to boycott the store after that).
KAT VON D'S 'UNDERAGE' LIPSTICK
There are cute and cheeky cosmetics names, then there’s the star’s “Underage Red” lipstick shade from her makeup line, which sent Twitterverse into a tailspin earlier this month. The color hasn’t been pulled from shades, but if history is an indicator, it might: Another color she created, called “Celebutard,” was pulled in late 2013.
ZARA'S 'SHERRIFF' SHIRT
In 2014, the Spanish retailer came under fire for selling a blue-and-white striped shirt with a gold star on the chest. (Many people felt it was reminiscent of concentration camp uniforms, though the brand claimed it was modeled after a Sherriff’s uniform.)
URBAN OUTFITTERS'S 'NAVAJO' LINE
Urban Outfitters received another heavy dose of backlash in 2012 for carrying a line of products labeled “Navajo.” In addition to being dubbed an insensitive move, it was also breaking the law: Under the Federal Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990, it’s legal to falsely advertise a product as Native American-made.
TOPSHOP'S RIHANNA TEE
There’s no denying that is good at selling music, and apparently, Topshop thought she’d make an effective marketing tool for other things, too. clothing chain stocked a T-shirt with her face on it, which seemed like a smart move, only they forgot one important step: TopShop never got RiRi’s permission. She took them to court and won the suit earlier this year.
ABERCROMBIE'S TAYLOR SHIRT
fans are a passionate bunch. So it was no surprise when the Swiftie kickback was strong after A&F released a tee in 2013 that read “More Boyfriends Than T.S.” The item soon disappeared off shelves, although a spokesperson claimed the absence was simply the garment making its way through the retail cycle, rather than giving in to the Swifties’ demands.