It never ceases to amaze me how stupid some people are. At first when I read this I thought I might launch into poking a little fun at Zara, I even had a whole “Nazi clothes chain” (“Ve Haf Vays Ov Making Zu Buy”) routine planned out and everything. However, the more I read the story, the more it occured to me that the idiot customer who complained was more to blame. I will grant you, having seen the bags they’re missing the usual dots that the Hindu swastika has, but an equally valid argument can also be made that since they don’t use the Nazi colour scheme they’re no more Nazi than Hindu.
Ultimately the symbol is Hindu (the word is from Sanskrit for Christ’s sake!), the Nazis co-opted it, because the Aryan race Hitler aspired to recreate in Germany actually originated in India, a fact Rachel Hutton would know if she had actually bothered to learn history (I knew the Aryan roots of the swastika long before I studied Nazi history). She is the idiot here, though no different from the rest of the chavs that plague this country.
Looking in context, the bags were made in India, the rest of the motif includes flowers bicycles and, I believe, an animal, and is very “ethnic” in style. How on Earth anyone could say that those bags are “an attempt to legitimize fascism” given all of that is beyond me. Hell I doubt those who designed it even know what the Third Reich was! All this story goes to show is how uneducated the West is about the rest of the world, or how arrogant we are to presume our Western history wipes out the centuries of Eastern history that predates it.