- Urban Outfitters removed two U.S. Postal Service-themed products from its website on Tuesday morning, after customers emphasized that the company did not pay any of the proceeds to the ailing government agency.
- The sweatshirt and t-shirt sell for $ 250 and $ 125, respectively, and were made by streetwear company Anti Social Social Club.
- “These products were designed, sold and distributed by an independent supplier. They are being removed from the site,” Urban Outfitters said in a statement to Business Insider. “Any additional questions should be directed to the independent supplier. “
- The items are the latest in a long history of controversial products for Urban Outfitters, including the 2012 “Jewish Star” shirt and the infamous “Vintage Kent State Sweatshirt”.
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Urban Outfitters finds itself in hot water once again, this time for selling U.S. Postal Service-themed clothing in which none of the profits supported the struggling government agency.
On Tuesday morning, the retailer removed two items from its site – a $ 250 sweatshirt and a $ 125 t-shirt – each featuring the USPS logo and made by streetwear company Anti Social Social Club.
Prior to their removal, the product pages made no mention of the plight of the USPS, which is rapidly running out of funds as a political battle escalates over the agency’s future and its role in the next election. presidential.
The snafu comes after the USPS itself added several items to its online store in its quest to raise funds, including a hugely popular long-sleeved croptop that sold out almost instantly. Beach towels, tote bags, T-shirts, wallets and puzzles were among the other items featured.
The proceeds also came in the wake of growing movements on social media urging Americans to save the USPS through such efforts as buying stamps and calling on local officials.
“These products were designed, sold and distributed by an independent supplier. They are being removed from the site,” Urban Outfitters said in a statement to Business Insider before removing the items. “Any additional questions should be directed to the independent supplier. “
Anti Social Social Club did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.
Urban Outfitters is no stranger to controversy. The brand has come under criticism for a number of deaf and offensive products over the years, including the infamous 2014 “Vintage Kent State Sweatshirt” which many said referred to the 1970 shooting that killed unarmed participating students. to a peaceful demonstration. In an incident in 2012, the company removed a shirt that sparked anger for showcasing what appeared to be a Jewish star used in Nazi Germany.