Kendall and Kylie Jenner’s new purse under scrutiny for cultural appropriation

(L-R): Kendall and Kylie Jenner. Splash News / ET Canada

The popular, high-end fashion brand led by sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner has been thrust into the controversial limelight once again.

According to the Huffington Postthe latest controversy surrounding the Kendall + Kylie line is a white leather purse modelled after a Chinese take-out box, called “Lee Leather Clutch”. The handbag is part of the limited edition collection entitled “DropThree”, which also includes a $45 fortune cookie coin purse.

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The clutch showcases a red tiger graphic and ‘#3’ on it with a title reading “KK Express Los Angeles, CA.” The handbag is US$150 and is currently sold out.

Another issue the purse is facing is that it’s named “Lee”, a typical Asian name.

The fall collection will be exclusively available through Saks Fifth Avenue before the entire fall line will launch on the Jenner sisters’ fashion website September 14. 

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This isn’t the only time the Keeping Up With The Kardashians stars have been the centre of fashion controversy.

In July, the two were sued for their “Vintage” T-shirt line, and just last month, the brand faced another accusation of cultural appropriation after the line’s Instagram account displayed a photo of a model wearing a black and white button-down plaid shirt, priced at $145 on their website, with a black bustier, black trousers and large, hoop earrings, which some may believe to be appropriating Chola culture. The Instagram post was soon deleted.

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