As first noted by a Gawker tipster, the shirt on the left looks a whole lot like Skrewdriver’s image, which was used on the album cover for the 1987 12″ EP Boots And Braces. The band is now kaput, but the fact remains that it was a white power band aligned with the neo-Nazi movement in Britain.
Marc Jacobs isn’t the first company to (accidentally, we hope) get mixed up in some bad imagery: Walmart got tangled up in a controversy over Nazi iconography on one of its shirts back in 2007-2008, while Target slipped up and used the flag favored by Spain’s murderous dictator, General Francisco Franco on a shirt in 2010.
We’ve reached out to Marc Jacobs for comment on the shirt and will update this post with any further news. But in the meantime, what do you think?