As a black man, I’m definitely disappointed in Gucci’s insensitivity. I can’t think of any black male who wouldn’t or any black person for that matter. But what’s really hard to imagine is how a black man that works for the brand must feel.
How is he handling all of this? Does he voice his opinion or does he pass it along as a mistake? Does he keep his job or does he pack up his things and leave one of the most famed fashion houses?
This past week I got the answer to my question.
About a week ago Designer Dapper Dan, who was brought on to the Gucci brand in 2017, went to Instagram to voice his opinion on the whole matter stating,
“I am a Black man before I am a brand. Another fashion house has gotten it outrageously wrong. There is no excuse nor apology that can erase this kind of insult. The CEO of Gucci has agreed to come from Italy to Harlem this week to meet with me…There cannot be inclusivity without accountability. I will hold everyone accountable.”
Wow! Dapper Dan is really intent on making it clear that he condemns the actions of Gucci even taking his grievance up to the CEO. But in light of the
On yesterday Dapper Dan and a few other had a meeting about the next steps Gucci should take in response to the highly controversial incident then went back to Instagram to relay what was discussed.
In his post he stated that he and a few experts in inclusivity and accountability had made great demands from the brand and are now waiting on an answer. While Dan didn’t disclose what these demands were it wouldn’t be surprising if some money is involved.
However the bigger issue may be Dan’s moral decision to continue working for the brand or leaving for another competitor.
As an African American male who has witnessed the tailend of segregation and the epidemic of racism, it is hard to imagine he would continue to work with Gucci. However, for a man whose dream was always to be apart of a brand like Gucci it is easy to understand why he would stay.
After all he waited over 30 years for this opportunity and it would be heartbreaking for him to walk away from the it so soon.
Time will only tell what both Gucci and Dan will decide in response to this issue. It will be interesting to see what Gucci has proposed following the meeting as well as the impact the issue will have on Dan’s work should he choose to stay.
Will we see a black power collection in the coming months? We’ll have to wait and see.