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Phillip Lim's (possibly offensive?) new giveaway tote

The folks at Fashionologie brought this oddity to our attention, and we'll leave it to you to decide whether this is cute or bizarre.

Apparently, during the month of December, shoppers at editor darling Philip Lim's flagship store in Soho will get a choice of tote bags as special holiday gift. Now, once option is a simple bag embellished with the designer's initials, while the other boasts this seemingly innocent and adorable little face. But according to Fashionologie, it seems to look a bit like blackface. Are they reading too much into it? We can't decide, but if the debate keeps up, we'll probably opt for the tote with the initials.

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