Twitter users also chimed in, highlighting both their anger and disappointment with the brand's decision.
that "when art is insincere, it shows. You cannot take a movement you don't understand and attempt to tap into the market."
But here's the thing, when art is insincere, it shows. You cannot take a movement you don't understand and attempt to tap into the market.— theblackgirlphenom (@DreamMcClinton) June 20, 2017
Despite criticism, Ports 1961 stands by its designs. When asked about the controversy and backlash, a representative from the brand told Refinery29:
"We think that Fashion reflects the world around us. In a time of challenge, fear and disillusion, it is the creative person's role to try to deliver a message of love and hope. For the past several seasons, Milan Vukmirovic has been exploring the urgency of love and the importance of fraternity, unity and solidarity. It wasn't our intention to offend anyone but on the contrary this collection is, in its own way, a message of solidarity towards all the people who are suffering from discrimination, violence, and bullying acts."
Photo: MCV Photo.