NYC-based designer Mara Hoffman is facing a bit of controversy this week, stemming from her use of Hindu deity Ganesh on a bunch of pieces in her Resort 2014 collection (pictured after the break below), which she showed during Mercedes Benz Swim Week last year in Miami. Vogue India subsequently called the collection into question, asking: Should a Ganesh swimsuit be considered pop culture fashion? Turns out, some feel pretty strongly that it shouldn’t be.
Well, according to the New York Daily News, “a $275 one-piece swimsuit, as well as a $194 minidress and a $185 surf shirt with the likeness of the Hindu god of wisdom, were all removed from the designer’s site” this week and some retailers, including Neiman Marcus, Zappos, and Nordstrom, are also caving to pressure from the Universal Society of Hinduism and other organizations. Other retails, however, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Lyst.com (which stocks in connection with Lane Crawford and Revolve, in this case) and J. Crew are still stocking the controversial garments. This comes on the heels of a similar instance last December, when Urban Outfitters came under fire for selling a pair of Ganesh socks.
The Daily News reached out to Hoffman for a comment. “We really have no comment here,” said a staffer who answered the phone Monday at Mara Hoffman’s Herald Square office.