Uh oh, it looks like the Hudson’s Bay is in trouble for a Kate Moss inspired t-shirt they were selling in stores. The t-shirt in question features the Kate Moss quote, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels,” and was designed by the Canadian-born and New York-based artist, Christopher Lee Sauvé.
The t-shirt was spotted on Monday night by Toronto-based photographer, Kristin Foster, at HBC’s Yonge and Queen location who then tweeted the image below. Foster was not the only one who was enraged. Many others followed suit on Twitter saying that the message displayed on the t-shirt triggers eating disorders and encourages body shaming.
— Kristin Foster (@KristinEff) June 24, 2014
Christopher Lee Sauvé is best know for his work that takes “a critical view of pop culture with an emphasis on the fashion world” and says he is “heralded by the very people he teases: fashion’s elite.” Other work by him includes graphic tees with the sayings “I was touched by Terry” over Terry Richardson’s face and “God Don’t Like Ugly” over a picture of Jesus.
He was quick to defend his work and issued the statement below yesterday.
“Most if not all of my designs showcase some type of statement pointing out the absurdity of fashion, and this one item is no exception. I fully understand and comprehend the severity of an eating disorder and I do not condone celebrating such pain. My sincerest apologies to anyone that I have offended with my designs. I believe wholeheartedly in my work, however, and I can’t apologize for that.”
The Hudson’s Bay have since confirmed the removal of the t-shirt from all locations, in-store and online, and stated to The Canadian Press:
“We always take into consideration what our customers want and need in our offerings and constantly evaluate the products we provide. We truly value our relationship with our customers and take their concerns seriously and we recognize that many took offence to the item. In this particular instance, while we respect the designer’s art, due to the overwhelming response and the sensitivity of the matter, we made the decision to promptly remove the T-shirts from our stores and from thebay.com.”