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Kendall, Kylie Jenner’s ‘Chinese’ Bag Pulled For Cultural Insensitivity, Copying
By Kylie Woon, 14 Sep 2017
Composite image by DesignTAXI, images via Kendall + Kylie and Shutterstock
Kendall and Kylie Jenner are once again being criticized for cultural appropriation and plagiarism.
This time, the “offending” article is a leather purse from their jointly-owned KENDALL + KYLIE fashion brand, specifically under its ‘Drop Three’ collection that is sold in Saks Fifth Avenue.
The white purse, designed to resemble a Chinese takeout box, features the visuals of a tiger plus the words “KK Express #3” and “Los Angeles, CA.” Both the graphic and text are stylized with red, slashing lines often used by Chinese restaurants or in fonts that aim to convey an ‘Eastern’ feel.
The bag—since pulled from the Saks Fifth Avenue and KENDALL + KYLIE websites—was named the ‘Lee Leather Clutch’. The product was condemned not only for its design, but also its name, which borrows the ‘Lee’ surname common in multiple Asian communities worldwide.
Besides the alleged cultural insensitivity, the Jenners were called out for plagiarism. According to W Magazine, it was discovered that the bag looked identical to a 2014 Kate Spade design.
This is not the first time the sisters have been criticized for their products. Previous cases include their vintage tees, where they superimposed their faces on photos of Tupac, Biggie, and other musical icons. More recently, they were called out for appropriating Chola culture.
Take a look at the ‘Lee Leather Clutch’ and original 2014 Kate Spade bag below.
KENDALL + KYLIE’s ‘Lee Leather Clutch’
Kate Spade’s ‘Hello Shanghai’ Bag
Image via Nordstrom
[via W Magazine, images via various sources]
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