Kate Spade pulls unintentionally offensive Kony bags

The message on the bags was confused for "I <3 KONY" rather than the abbreviation for "I <3 kate spade"

Topics: kate spade, Kony, Joseph Kony, Uganda, LRA, Fashion,

A day after Twitter noticed Kate Spade’s unfortunate handbag — the one that reads, “I <3 KONY,” inadvertently referring to Ugandan terrorist Joseph Kony — the designer has responded by pulling the handbag from its stores.

The official statement from GroupSJR, representing Kate Spade: “This bag was designed as a celebration of kate spade new york, using the abbreviation of our name, kate (spade) new york. We regret the interpretation of this tote’s design and apologize for any misunderstanding. We take customer feedback seriously and are actively working to withdraw these items from our stores and wholesale partners.”

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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