Blog: Leonie BarrieTwo of a kind?

Leonie Barrie | 29 January 2010

Armani Exchange, a unit of Italian fashion house Giorgio Armani, has ruffled feathers in Indonesia after selling a T-shirt on its website bearing a logo similar to Indonesia's national symbol.

The $42 garment featured a studded eagle design that some Indonesians thought bore an uncanny resemblance to Garuda Pancasila, the country’s coat of arms which features a mythical and powerful bird-like creature.

The T-shirt has now been withdrawn, along with an apology from Armani Exchange “for any offence this may have caused.”

But local MPs still seem divided by the issue. While some are calling for Armani to be sued for insulting the nation, others are less irate. “It’s a sparrow, a very big sparrow,” said one, urging people to stop making such a big deal over a T-shirt.


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