Chinese company Xiamen Jinzhi has released a line of "Hellen Keller" sunglasses. According to the Wall Street Journal, company spokesman Xiamen Jinzhi said "that they were aware Helen Keller was blind, but what they valued was her philanthropist spirit which spread optimism around the world."
In other fun fashion news, Urban Outfitters is under fire from the Anti-Defamation League for selling a t-shirt with a patch the ADL says is similar to the "yellow badge" that Jews were ordered to sew on their clothing in Nazi Germany-occupied areas during World War II. The Daily quotes an open letter ADL regional director Barry Morrison wrote to Urban Outfitters CEO Richard Hayne: "The League has communicated with Urban Outfitters on numerous occasions over the years regarding a variety of projects that have, 'tread on the feelings and reinforced stereotypes of various groups — Christians, blacks, and Irish, Mexican, and Jewish-Americans … the list goes on' ." Of course, last month the Navajo Nation sued Urban Outfitters for using their name on panties and a flask (!). This was just before the Congressional Ad Hoc Committee on Irish Affairs asked Urban Outfitters to stop selling items like their "Irish Yoga" hat, emblazoned with a graphic of a man on his knees vomiting.
(via Next Draft)