Dapper Dan seeks accountability amid calls for Gucci boycott

FILE- In this Sept. 4, 2018, file photo Honoree and fashion icon Dapper Dan attends a fashion show and awards ceremony held by the Harlem Fashion Row collective and Nike before the start of New York Fashion Week. Fashion collaborator Daniel “Dapper Dan” Day is seeking accountability as other celebrities call for boycotts of Gucci after the fashion house apologized for producing a sweater that was compared to blackface. The Harlem-based designer posted on Instagram Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, that he is a “Black man before I am a brand.” He wrote, “another fashion house has gotten it outrageously wrong. There is no excuse or apology that can erase this kind of insult.” (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Fashion collaborator Daniel "Dapper Dan" Day is seeking accountability as other celebrities call for boycotts of Gucci after the fashion house apologized for producing a sweater that was compared to blackface.

The Harlem-based designer posted on Instagram Sunday "there is no excuse or apology that can erase this kind of insult."

Day claims the CEO of Gucci has agreed to meet with him and members of the community in Harlem.

Day collaborated with Gucci in 2017 on a menswear line.

Gucci has not responded to an email seeking comment.

The Italian fashion designer's black wool balaclava sweater included a slit where the mouth is, ringed with what look like giant red lips.

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