THE WHAT? Prada USA has settled a case bought by the New York City Commission on Human Rights over a window display it’s claimed employed ‘racist iconography’, according to a report published by CNBC.
THE DETAILS The Italian fashion brand’s display included monkey figurines that the Commission felt were evocative of Sambo iconography, and therefore derogatory of black people.
Under the terms of the settlement, Prada is bound to invest in diversity and inclusion efforts, including the hire of an executice-level diversity and inclusion officer and racial equality training for all its New York employees and Milan executives. The Italian label will also set up a scholarship program for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
THE WHY? The Commission is sending a message to the luxury industry that racism will not be tolerated.