KTZ Apologizes for Plagiarism of Canadian Inuit Indigenous Design

“Our work is never intended to offend any community or religion.”

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Uk-based brand KTZ was recently under fire for copying an indigenous design associated with the Canadian Inuit community for its Fall/Winter 2015 collection. The sweater in question was a sacred design by a Canadian Inuit Shaman who, according to his great-granddaughter Salome Awa, “has been used and violated” in his life. While the brand sent an apology letter to the great-granddaughter, she claims that the apology was “bittersweet” since KTZ neglected to mention the great-grandfather of whom the design was stolen, nor was there any offer of monetary gain for the victimized family. See the full transcribed apology letter below.

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