The fashion industry’s response to the protests springing up around the world in the wake of George Floyd’s murder at the hands of Minneapolis police has been scattered. Supreme announced plans to donate half a million dollars; Brain Dead managed to raise the same amount with a collaborative tee with Dev Hynes. Virgil Abloh lamented looted stores before pivoting with a thoughtful statement; Union L.A. owner Chris Gibbs reminded GQ that talking about looting takes attention away from police brutality. There’s no single right way to join the fight against police brutality and systemic racism, but some ways are more questionable than others.
In an email Friday morning, representatives for the German designer Philipp Plein, last in the news earlier this year for a runway show featuring bedazzled Plein-branded Kobe Bryant jerseys and two gilded helicopters a month after Bryant’s tragic death in a helicopter crash, announced his intention to