The First Lady of Mexico on Thursday accused American luxury clothing brand Ralph Lauren of plagiarizing an indigenous design, saying it was a plagiarism of the work of Mexico’s pre-Hispanic culture.
Writer and researcher Beatriz Gutierrez wrote in an Instagram post, “Hey Ralph (Lauren): I already knew you really like Mexican designs.” is committing illegal and immoral plagiarism.”
The post shows a photo of a coat with colorful indigenous motifs on display in the store. The label says Ralph Lauren.
The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters. cultural appropriation in another incident.
“I hope it will repair the damage to the original community doing this work with love and not for profit,” Gutierrez added, adding that the design was attributed to the Contra and Saltillo indigenous communities. .
Since taking office in 2018, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has filed complaints against auction houses in the United States and Europe, recalling dozens of Mexican antiques and other pre-Columbian artifacts in Mexico. We have launched a fierce campaign to recover the relics of our heritage.
In July, the Mexican government also asked Chinese fashion retailer Shein to explain the use of indigenous Mayan elements in one of its products, and removed the garment from its website.
The government has filed similar complaints against France’s Louis Vuitton, Venezuelan designer Carolina Herrera, Spain’s Zara and US retailer Anthopology.
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