• Prada, the Italian luxury fashion house, said on Friday it has removed a set of monkey-like figures from its stores and displays after facing criticism on social media that they featured racist imagery.
  • The New York City Commission on Human Rights announced late Friday it sent the company a cease and desist letter and opened a formal investigation into the incident.
  • The black and red figurines went viral on social media after a Facebook post by a New York-area lawyer compared them to “blackface imagery”.

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Prada is still in the midst of a racism controversy, and now it is facing an investigation from New York City.

The Italian luxury caught the ire of New Yorkers and users on social media on Friday for its a set of monkey-like figures that a viral Facebook post by a New York lawyer said used “blackface imagery”.

One of the trinkets is a brown, monkey-like figure with large red lips that appears to use “blackface imagery,” Chinyere Ezie said in a public Facebook post.

The post caused a stir both online, with the post gaining thousands of reactions, shares, and comments, and in local media.

A Prada representative told Business Insider on Friday that it would pull all figures from stores and displays around the world.

“Prada Group abhors racist imagery,” the company said. “We will withdraw all of the characters in question from display…