Urban Outfitters, the oft-controversial retailer, pulled a crop top patterned with the word “depression” from its website today after shoppers complained that it was trying to make illness into a fashion statement.
The brand, which came under fire in 2010 for selling a T-shirt that said “eat less” on it (that was subsequently yanked), tweeted that it heard the criticism and would remove the shirt from its website.
The shirt was actually made by a small brand called Depression. It didn’t appear to be selling well as it was marked down to $9.99 from an original price of $59. It was the only item that came up when searching “depression” on the website, and is now listed as sold out.
Urban Outfitters, which also owns Free People and Anthropologie, admitted on a November earnings call that sales at its namesake brand have suffered recently from “missed fashion calls, off-pitch marketing, and poor creative execution.”
It’s disgusting how a huge company can go around presenting illness as a fashion statement. @UrbanOutfitters
Hey everyone, we hear you and we are taking the shirt down from the site.
For those asking, the tee was designed by a small brand named Depression and we are no longer selling it on our site. http://t.co/my3AKjV0D5
urban outfitters think its cool to make tops that seem tumblr by writing depression all over tshirt um
I wonder if @UrbanOutfitters think it’s “cool” to have depression or anorexia nervosa? Or is it all about profiting off of mental disorders?
Oh yeah @urbanoutfitters, depression is so fun and fashionable. It’s right up there with colon cancer.