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When culture becomes fashion illegally

- via Racialicious

From the "Navajo" collection

Fashion trends are inspired by what designers see in the world and what has been created already. Recently, Urban Outfitters crossed the line of inspiration (and the law) by launching a “Navajo” collection. Not only are they promoting items not made by the Navajo people, but they are breaking the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 (P.L. 101-644).

In response to the merchandise she saw on display in a store in Minneapolis, Sasha Houston Brown penned an open letter  to Glen T. Senk, Urban Outfitters’ CEO, on Columbus Day. She wrote:

“All too often industries, sports teams and ignorant individuals legitimize racism under the guise of cultural “appreciation”. There is nothing honorable or historically appreciative in selling items such as the Navajo Print Fabric Wrapped Flask, Peace Treaty Feather Necklace, Staring at Stars Skull Native Headdress T-shirt or the Navajo Hipster Panty. These and the dozens of other tacky products you are currently selling referencing Native America make a mockery of our identity and unique cultures.”

Urban Outfitters has yet to respond to Sasha’s open letter or to the cease and desist letter sent a few months ago by the Navajo Nation Attorney General.

Read Sasha’s full letter on Racialicious.

About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

To learn more about Adriana’s education consulting company, please visit

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.


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