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28 September 2020 18:50

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Fred Perry stops selling polo shirt associated with the 'Proud Boys'

Fred Perry has stopped selling one of its most recognizable polo shirts in the U.S. and Canada after it was adopted as uniform by a far right group. The move regards the Black/Yellow/Yellow twin-tipped shirt, which is frequently worn by the Proud Boys, an Southern Poverty Law Center-designated hate group founded in 2016. In a powerful statement released on its web site, Fred Perry disavowed the Proud Boys and other racist, fascist and right-wing organizations. "Fred Perry does not support and is in no way affiliated with the Proud Boys. "The Fred Perry shirt is a piece of British subcultural uniform, adopted by various groups of people who recognise their own values in what it stands for.

"Despite its lineage, we have seen that the Black/Yellow/Yellow twin tipped shirt is taking on a new and very different meaning in North America as a result of its association with the Proud Boys. London (CNN Business) British apparel-maker Fred Perry has pulled a polo shirt from the US market after it became associated with the far-right group the Proud Boys. Fred Perry said in a statement last week that it stopped selling one of its signature black and yellow shirts in the US a year ago because it had become popular among members of the group. That association is something we must do our best to end," the brand said in its statement. It said sales of the shirt won't resume in the United States or Canada "until we're satisfied that its association with the Proud Boys has ended." The Proud Boys have been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Fred Perry has axed one of its most popular polo shirts after it was hijacked by a far-right group. According to Sky News, the iconic UK clothing brand revealed it had discontinued the shirt in North America and Canada. The black polo shirt with yellow trim has been axed by the chain across the pond. It has not been sold since September last year, Fred Perry said. The chain - which has stores and pop-ups across the country - confirmed it would not be selling it there again "until we're satisfied that its association with the Proud Boys has ended".

The Proud Boys is a far-right group that admits only men and promotes political violence. "To be absolutely clear, if you see any Proud Boys materials or products featuring our Laurel Wreath or any Black/Yellow/Yellow related items, they have absolutely nothing to do with us, and we are working with our lawyers to pursue any unlawful use of our brand," it said in a statement on its website. Fred Perry stops selling polo shirt after it becomes associated with far right group Members of the Proud Boys have been known to sport this Fred Perry polo. The clothing brand will stop selling their Black/Yellow/Yellow twin tipped shirt in the US after its association with the Proud Boys. Fred Perry has pulled one of its most famous polo shirts in the United States after it has become associated with a neo-fascist organisation.

The clothing brand - which has been associated with many trends and cultures over the years - has denounced the Proud Boys group and announced their decision to stop selling their Black/Yellow/Yellow twin tipped shirt in the US from September 2019. A statement on their website reads: "Fred Perry does not support and is in no way affiliated with the Proud Boys. "It is incredibly frustrating that this group has appropriated our Black/Yellow/Yellow twin tipped shirt and subverted our Laurel Wreath to their own ends." It adds: "The Fred Perry shirt is a piece of British subcultural uniform, adopted by various groups of people who recognise their own values in what it stands for. The Black/Yellow/Yellow twin tipped shirt has been an important part of that uniform since its introduction in the late 70s, and has been adopted generation after generation by various subcultures, without prejudice." Fred Perry does not support and is in no way affiliated with the Proud Boys. Read our statement here.

— Fred Perry (@fredperry) September 25, 2020 The statement continues: "Despite its lineage, we have seen that the Black/Yellow/Yellow twin tipped shirt is taking on a new and very different meaning in North America as a result of its association with the Proud Boys. We therefore made the decision to stop selling the Black/Yellow/Yellow twin tipped shirt in the US from September 2019, and we will not sell it there or in Canada again until we're satisfied that its association with the Proud Boys has ended. "To be absolutely clear, if you see any Proud Boys materials or products featuring our Laurel Wreath or any Black/Yellow/Yellow related items, they have absolutely nothing to do with us, and we are working with our lawyers to pursue any unlawful use of our brand." The brand, which was launched in 1952 by the Wimbledon champion of the same name, concluded: "Frankly we can't put our disapproval in better words than our Chairman did when questioned in 2017: John Flynn, Fred Perry Chairman 2017". A British fashion label will stop selling its polo shirts in North America after they were being associated with a far-right group. Fred Perry, founded by and named after the triple Wimbledon champion, said it was "incredibly frustrated" Proud Boys had adopted its black and yellow shirt and announced it would stop selling the item in North America and Canada. In an official statement on its website, the label said: "To be absolutely clear, if you see any Proud Boys materials or products featuring our Laurel Wreath or any Black/Yellow/Yellow related items, they have absolutely nothing to do with us, and we are working with our lawyers to pursue any unlawful use of our brand." A link to the statement was posted on its official Twitter account, along with the message: "Fred Perry does not support and is in no way affiliated with Proud Boys." The brand, which was founded in 1952, has been adopted by various British subcultures over the decades. It was associated with the Skinheads, who originally denounced fascism, and was recently picked up by Proud Boys, a self-proclaimed far-right, neo-fascist organisation that admits only men and which promotes and engages in political violence. The group is based in the US but has a base in Australia, Canada, and the UK. "The Fred Perry shirt is a piece of British subcultural uniform, adopted by various groups of people who recognise their own values in what it stands for," the brand said. "Despite its lineage, we have seen that the Black/Yellow/Yellow twin-tipped shirt is taking on a new and very different meaning in North America as a result of its association with the Proud Boys. The clothes designer revealed it had stopped producing shirts in North America since last September and would not be selling into the market again until it was "satisfied" its association with Proud Boys has ended.