The blackface controversy Gucci landed in last week has led to calls to boycott the fashion house.
A number of high-profile figures in hip-hop, most notably 50 Cent and T.I. On the flip side, others from the hip-hop community who have direct partnerships with Gucci, like Dapper Dan (real name Daniel Day) is looking to work with them on diversity and inclusion.
Following the meeting with Dapper Dan, Gucci CEO Marco Bizzarri announced a long-term plan to address the need of diversity within the fashion house. “In the last days we have conducted a thorough review of the circumstances that led to this and have also engaged with all of our stakeholders, most especially our employees and leaders of the African American community, in order to determine immediate actions that will bring greater diversity to key functions in our corporate and regional offices […],” tweeted Bizzarri. “I am particularly grateful to Dapper Dan for the role he has played in bringing community leaders together to offer us their counsel at this time. The initiatives we are announcing today represent the first phase of what will become a new systematic long-term plan of action to guarantee that diversity and inclusion are organic in everything we do.”