Givenchy Forced to Recall Spring/Summer 2016 Shirts Due to "Burn Risk"

THE FASHION LAW EXCLUSIVE - Givenchy has been forced to recall three men’s shirts from its Spring/Summer 2016 collection after they hit stores roughly two months ago. According to an April 5 recall by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”), “the T-shirts fail to meet the federal flammability standard for wearing apparel and pose a risk of burn injury to consumers.” The three silk-based tunic shirts (pictured below) were stocked by Barneys New York, Givenchy Boutiques, Maxfield, Neiman Marcus, Far Fetch and Nordstrom, amongst other retailers, beginning in February 2016, and retail for between $685 and $1,350.

The CPSC – the governmental agency tasked with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of types of consumer products, including clothing – has disclosed that approximately 60 of the sheer men’s shirts were sold within the U.S., and pose a risk of burn injury to consumers, although “no incidents or injuries have been reported.”

Because the CPSC’s jurisdiction is limited to U.S. sales, international e-commerce sites, such as MyTheresa and LuisaViaRoma, are still permitted to stock the shirts in question, which come in three variations: a blue and black plaid; black and white stripes; and black version with a small patch bearing an image of Jesus on the cross.

According to the CPSC, consumers should immediately stop using the recalled T-shirts and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Givenchy has been required to directly contact consumers who have purchased the recalled t-shirts.