Malaysian headscarf brand dUCk pulled their Marvel neckties from its website earlier today and apologized for the “blunder,” after several people called it out for selling silk to Muslim men who are forbidden to wear them.
The special Father’s Day-edition ties, produced in collaboration with the popular comics brand, were released yesterday and made from 100% silk. Islam forbids men from wearing gold and silk, which are seen as items of conspicuous luxury.
“Dearest dUCkies, we apologise for overlooking the choice of material for our MARVEL x dUCk ties and have stopped the sale of all the ties with immediate effect,” an online statement said. The brand said it would issue refunds and gift the ties to non-Muslim dads instead.
“Paid orders will be refunded too. As for the ties, we will be gifting them to our non-Muslim male frontliners instead, and hope we can make some frontliner daddies happy this Father’s Day.”
The ties cost RM300 (US$70) each. Now, the only Marvel collab products up on the website are its shawls. Muslim women are allowed to wear silk and gold.
The Muslim brand by entrepreneur Vivy Yusof received mixed reactions for pulling the ties so quickly.
“Even though they surely experience losses, dUCk will give it (the ties) to our non-muslim frontliner as a gift! God will bless you guys more after this. Real superheros!” Instagram user Syazleen Ismail said on the dUCk’s Instagram page.
Some were not so forgiving and believed that someone should have spotted the error earlier.
“Mind-boggling that a Muslim-owned brand overlooked such basic thing,” Twitter user Aysha Ridzuan said.
“Makes you wonder how they work as a team. Making a product is a long process but nobody flagged it?” she added.
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