High-end fashion house Balenciaga has been accused of appropriating black culture with a pricy pair of sweats.
The $1,190 “Trompe l’oeil track trousers” have built-in boxers that peek from the waist to imitate the “sagging” associated with urban style, and according to critics on social media, this makes them “very racist.”
Balenciaga gentrifies sagging pic.twitter.com/XO4A73lbt6
— Kevín (@KevOnStage) September 9, 2021
In a video shared to Twitter and TikTok last week, comedian and screenwriter Kevin Fredericks claimed Balenciaga had “gentrified” sagging.
- Following the controversy, Balenciaga’s sales “sagged” by 27%.