Proud Boys MAGA DC march kilts made by LGBTQ-owned company that has since removed them from sale

‘It was insane to me that folks in that group could have used our stuff,’ says fashion company boss

Police and protesters clash at Proud Boys demonstration in Washington DC

Kilts worn by members of the far-right group Proud Boys at a recent Trump MAGA march in Washington DC have been removed from sale by the LGBTQ-owned company that made the garments.

Virginia-based fashion brand Verillas said it was "disgusted" that the those associated with a "fascist terrorist" organisation had donned its knee-length skirts.

The company said it plans to remove the kilts and donated  $1000 to civil rights organisation National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

That figure, Verillas said, was equivalent to the value of the number of kilts spotted in one photograph flagged by a DC-based journalist showing Proud Boys wearing the traditional Gaelic dress.

“It was insane to me that folks in that group could have used our stuff,” Verillas vice president, Justin LaRose, told Dazed in an interview published on Sunday.

He added: “Within the first hour my feeling of powerlessness was gone. It felt existentially wrong to be associated with that group of people and the first thing I realised is that taking gains from them was unacceptable.

“We weren’t satisfied with neutralising the situation, we had to counter it.”

“We’ve got plans to modify them and reclaim [the kilts] in a way that can enhance our defiance.”

On Tuesday afternoon, the yellow and black kilts worn by Proud Boys at the rally were not visible on the company's website.

Proud Boys were among thousands of Trump supporters who marched in downtown DC over the weekend in a show of support for the president's attempts to overturn the election result.

At least four people were stabbed during violent clashes between Trump loyalists and counter-protesters.

Proud Boys, which says it is a free speech organisation, has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in