Tory Burch accused of Palestinian cultural appropriation

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The American fashion designer Tory Burch has been accused of “cultural appropriation” for featuring dresses which closely resemble Palestinian and North-African traditional embroidered designs. Harvey Nichols described the dresses – priced upwards of £475 ($628) – as “folk inspired”, meanwhile online luxury outlet Net-A-Porter marketed the piece as an “embroidered linen kaftan”. Neither Burch nor its online stockists appear to have acknowledged the apparent Middle Eastern inspiration for the designs, which has prompted a wave of social media backlash. Palestinian-American activist and legal sc…

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