Surprise, surprise, American Apparel is under fire again. Their “conical asian hat” is described as a “traditional Asian ‘Rice Hat’” originating in East and Southeast Asia; the cutesy headwear has been used throughout history to shield wearers from the sun and rain. Although the company penns the bamboo hat a “stylish accessory,” they were traditionally worn out of necessity by poor rice farmers. Some have labeled the $15 hats from American Apparel as racially insensitive while others just see it as another way Eastern culture is influencing fashion.
Of course we want to know what you think StyleBlazers. Is the hat fashionable or do you sense a bit of racism? Speak out!
-Patrice J. Williams
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