Fashion Retailer H&M Forced to Apologize for ‘Kurdish Female Fighter’ Jumpsuit

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Peshmerga style?

“The jumpsuit in question is made in a light and comfortable material and is a part of a larger collection consisting of many garments in khaki green, which also is one of the trendiest colors this season.”

Al Arabiya News reports: Top fashion retailer H&M has been forced to apologize after being accused of releasing a new khaki jumpsuit similar to those worn by female Kurdish soldiers currently battling Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants.

[Also see: Al Arabia Reports on Ceylan Ozalp Story; Verification Remains Elusive]

Social media was used on Monday by “dozens” of Kurds to protest the Swedish retailer’s jumpsuit design when it was released in its Autumn/Winter collection earlier this month, according to the Daily Mail.alleged-ozalp-img

“We are truly sorry if we have offended anyone with this piece, this was of course never our intention.”

— Ida Ståhlnacke, H&M’s global press officer

The olive green garment was modeled with a high-waist belt and military boots.

[Also read: Kurdish female fighter ‘killed herself’ to avoid being ISIS hostage]

It appears in the collection as one of its standout pieces. Many have spotted its similarity to the loose-fitting military attire worn by female fighters of the Kurdish People‘s Protection Units (YPG), who have been fighting alongside the Kurdish Peshmerga.

[More: Kurdish Fighter Ceylan Özalp Reported Alive; Contradicts Earlier Unsubstantiated Claims]

“At times like these, they choose to capitalise from the brave kurdish fighters in Kurdistan. They should be ashamed of themselves!” one Facebook user named Arwin Banirad wrote on Facebook, adding that the move was “disgraceful.”

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Another user, Ali Najat Barzinj, described the piece as his country’s “traditional uniform,” adding that “it is not for everyone. [sic]”

Another social media user suggested that H&M should consider giving some of the proceeds from the jumpsuit sales to the Kurdish fighters and their families, according to the Daily Mail.

In an apology, the retailer said it was “never” in its intention to mimic the Kurdish military style.

“We are truly sorry if we have offended anyone with this piece, this was of course never our intention,” H&M’s global press officer, Ida Ståhlnacke, said in a statement. “At H&M we want to offer the latest within fashion and trends and we continuously listen to our customers’ requests.HM-Logo-Store-Sign

“The last seasons we have seen an increasing demand on jumpsuits and therefore we currently offer a selection of jumpsuits in different colors and materials, such as denim blue and deep red.

“The jumpsuit in question is made in a light and comfortable material and is a part of a larger collection consisting of many garments in khaki green, which also is one of the trendiest colors this season.”

Kurdish female fighters have been making headlines recently following one combatant’s decision to shoot herself with a last bullet during fighting with militant, it was reported on Sunday…(read more)

Al Arabiya News


2 Comments on “Fashion Retailer H&M Forced to Apologize for ‘Kurdish Female Fighter’ Jumpsuit”

  1. isa kaya says:

    As a Kurd there is no need to have an apologize for making this suit for profit. I believe whoever made this effort to stop H&M for making Kurdish girl fight clothes, are most likely Turks and Arabs, might be Iranians as well. Reason behind it, non of these nations do not want Kurds to be a trend world wide to have influence world. I support H&M again to put this khaki green Kurdish girl fighter clothes in their stores.! I will buy for my wife as soon as they in stores again.


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