Designed by leading Spanish fashion brand Balenciaga, ‘Tropme-l’oeil’ gray sweatpants feature a built-in boxer short on the waist

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A pair of $ 1,190 designer sweatpants have been causing quite a stir after many critics accused the design of being a cultural appropriation.

Designed by leading Spanish fashion brand Balenciaga, ‘Tropme-L’Oil’ Gray Sweat Pants, a style popular in hip-hop culture during the ’90s, have built a boxer short on the waist.

Ticktack user @ mr200m__, whose real name is Josiah Hyacinth, caught wind of controversy after he posted a video parody on Selfridge on September 2.

Image: A model wearing a style that was popular in hip hop culture in the 90s.

Designed by leading Spanish fashion brand Balenciaga, ‘Tropme-L’Oil’ Gray Sweat Pants, a style popular in hip-hop culture during the ’90s, have built a boxer short on the waist.

Ticktack user @ mr200m__, whose real name is Josiah Hyacinth, has caught the air of controversy after he posted a video parody on Selfridges on September 2.

Ticktack user @ mr200m__, whose real name is Josiah Hyacinth, has caught the air of controversy after he posted a video parody on Selfridges on September 2.

‘It’s a racist sentiment. Hyacinth said to the boys while testing the pants, it is very racist. “He weaved these boxers into the pants.”

The video was captioned, ‘You know when something racist feels like, @sxbwxyy I have questions’ and got over 1.6 million views.

In an emailed statement to LOVEBYLIFE, Marquita Gamage, associate professor of African Studies at Northridge California State University, testified that she was disturbed by the Balenciaga item and that she was ‘a black culture with hopes of making a big profit’.

Gamma, the author of cultural appropriation as an ‘agency reduction’, has often referred to this style as ‘blacks, especially black men, as thugs and threats to American society’.

‘Balenciaga Men’s Trompe-l’oeil Sweatpants prompt immediate concern given the peculiar resemblance to the traditional African American hip hop aesthetic worn by black Americans in red, leading to black men’s imprisonment and death. Commercial cultural acquisition is written on pants; Branded with the name Balenciaga. ‘

In an additional email to LOVEBYLIFE, Balenciaga’s chief marketing officer, Ludivine Pont, said: ‘In many of our collections, we combine different wardrobe pieces into one outfit, such as denim jeans packed with mergers, merchandise shorts jeans and button-up layered upshirts. ‘

‘These trompe l’oeil pants are an extension of that vision,’ he said.

Individuals immediately responded to the online design, blaming the fashion brand for degrading another aspect of black culture.

‘Black men are being discriminated against and pants are being devalued and Balenciaga-style gains. Crazy how gross it was until they paid for it, ‘user @HighhestPriestess tweeted on Twitter.

Balenciaga's $ 2,090 'Barb's East-West Shopper Bag' resembles a West African-born bag design, unofficially known as the 'Ghana Must Go' bag

Balenciaga’s $ 2,090 ‘Barb’s East-West Shopper Bag’ resembles a West African-born bag design, unofficially known as the ‘Ghana Must Go’ bag

‘Sooooo @BALENCIAGA stitched the pants underneath the pants and created a’ shrink ‘look … meanwhile, the fact that black men have been targeted for so many years is actually shrinking … who said it was good. .. I swear these companies do these kinds of things to get attention, ”added Twitter user @Taguy.

This is not the first time a fashion brand has been accused of acquiring black culture.

Many individuals have noted that Balenciaga’s $ 2,090 ‘Barb’s East-West Shopper Bag’ resembles the bag design originated in West Africa, which is unofficially known as the ‘Ghana Must Go’ bag.

The bag earned its nickname in the 1980s when ‘millions of undocumented immigrants, most of them Ghanaians’ were forced to pack their belongings quickly after being given a short instruction to flee Nigeria, the BBC reported.

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