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Marc Jacobs Introduces … Hitler’s Handbag?

Designers often credit the music they listen to as the inspiration for their collections. Clearly Marc Jacobs is into showtunes – The Producers’ tune "Springtime for Hitler" has never been illustrated in fashion more vividly than in Jacobs’ Fluo Passementary … Read More

By / January 19, 2010

Designers often credit the music they listen to as the inspiration for their collections. Clearly Marc Jacobs is into showtunes – The Producers’ tune "Springtime for Hitler" has never been illustrated in fashion more vividly than in Jacobs’ Fluo Passementary Lily Hobo Bag from his SS10 accessories collection. You do not need to be a grandchild of a Holocaust survivor or a genius to look at this fashion accessory and see a swastika there.

Marc Jacobs currently has a hand in designing multiple collections, including Louis Vuitton, his namesake collection Marc Jacobs and his more affordably priced Marc by Marc Jacobs line. It’s possible that his being overworked and spread quite thin attributed to his being (dare I say) less detail-oriented as he clearly overlooked this front and center swastika. Although it’s likely that this imagery was not evoked intentionally, CounterfeitChic blogger Susan Scafidi appropriately asks whether there could be another, less offensive way to evoke German style inspirations into our ensembles…as if we often look to the Germans for style tips (sorry, Karl Lagerfeld). Clearly versed on the historic side of the issue, Scadifi points out that although Jacobs’ bag’s image turns to the left while Hitler’s swastika faced right, this image is undoubtedly offensive – or at the very least, jarring and unsettling – to those who recognize it. The intricate detail of the bag may as well be replaced by a Post-It note that reads "Hitler’s Hobo." Perhaps it’s time to lay off the showtunes for a little while, Marc?

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