Everything suggests that the fashion house Louis Vuitton has removed a scarf from its websites that resembles the well-known Palestinian keffiyeh because of criticism.
“ Inspired by the classic keffiyeh and enriched with the signature of the house,” said The National from the United Arab Emirates. The price: almost 600 euros ($705). The scarf can no longer be found on the European and American website.
This is presumably a consequence of the criticism of social media. “Louis Vuitton says its politically neutral, but theyre making a profit from selling this $705 and keffiyeh inspired scarf, which is normally worn by Arabs and is the symbol of Palestinian nationalism,” says someone on Twitter.
Louis Vuitton used on his websites the word “stole” which in English means both scarf and the past tense of stealing.
“ Rather ironic that Louis Vuitton calls his adaptation of the Palestinian keffiyeh stole ,” says a teacher in Gaza. “At least theyre right.”
Other critics wonder whether it is a coincidence that this scarf does not have a traditional black and white pattern, but blue-white, pointing out that blue and white are also the colours of the Israeli flag.
In 2018, a Palestinian fashion designer objected to the use of keffiyeh to earn money. He stands for “expropriation, extrajudicial executions and oppression,” said Omar Joseph Nasser-Khoury in the British newspaper The Guardian. Use outside this context equals to lack of respect and exploitation.
The French fashion company was not available for comment.