John Lewis Withdraws ‘Lollita’ Children’s Evening Gown From Sale After Criticism | Retail business
John Lewis pulled a children’s evening dress named “Lollita” from its shelves after receiving reviews for stocking it. The Chi Chi London “Lollita” dress was on sale for children aged three to 11 on the retailer’s website for Â£ 50.
The name is similar to Vladimir Nabokov’s 1955 novel Lolita, which details child sexual abuse. He describes how a middle-aged teacher mistreats a 12-year-old girl.
The description for the dress, which previously appeared on John Lewis’ website, read: “This dress is sure to become one of the party favorites … dance floor.”
Chi Chi London is a fashion brand that stocks its clothes with the department store. The dress also does not appear on the company’s website.
The PA news agency has contacted the brand for comment.
TV presenter Victoria Coren Mitchell tweeted about the dress to her followers. She said, “If you had to think of a name for a kid’s party dress, what wouldn’t you call it?” “
In response to his tweet, one person said: “This is grotesque and despicable.” Another person added, âI couldn’t buy it with that name. It’s crazy to call it that. The dress is very pretty, but I couldn’t.
A Twitter user said it was different from the novel, due to the presence of two “l’s” in the name.
A spokesperson for John Lewis said: “We have withdrawn this product from sale as soon as it was brought to our attention and we apologize for the inconvenience caused.”