A former Versace store clerk is suing the luxury fashion house on the grounds of discrimination. The clerk is accusing a Versace store in the San Francisco Bay Area of using a secret “black code” to indicate that a black shopper has entered the store. In the 30-page lawsuit, “…the manager instructed the plaintiff to say ‘D410’ in a casual manner when a black person entered the store…[to] alert co-workers.” TMZ reported the clerk had been fired only weeks after telling the manager he was African-American. The clerk also claims to have been told he lost his
position because he hadn’t “lived the luxury life.” He is suing for unpaid wages and damages. Versace, of course, has denied the allegations and have requested a dismissal of the suit. As you may recall, Versace was accused of racism earlier this year. The fashion house was scrutinized for what appears to be a promotion for teen pregnancy in an ad featuring Gigi Hadid.
Op-Ed: The Collateral Damages of Fast Fashion
Fast fashion is the quick and cheap production of merchandise; it is also described as the production of “clothing designs that move quickly from the catwalk to stores to take advantage of trends. The collections are often based on styles presented at Fashion Week runway shows or worn by celebrities.” In other words, it is the perfect combination of cheap and convenience for the customer that can’t imagine a life where they’re not staying in the loop. This fast-production of clothes, however, has so many collateral damages, damages ranging from the exacerbation of climate change to the industry’s connection to sweatshops.