Proud Boys in U.K. Buying Fred Perry Polo Shirts to Ship to U.S.

Proud Boys in the U.K. are purchasing black-and-yellow Fred Perry polos—which the group has taken as a de facto uniform—to send to members in North America after the shirts were withdrawn from sale across the U.S. and Canada.

Fred Perry distanced itself from the group, which was labeled extremist and described as having "ties to white nationalism" by the FBI, in a statement previously and said: "It is incredibly frustrating that this group has appropriated our Black/Yellow/Yellow twin tipped shirt and subverted our Laurel Wreath to their own ends."

The brand said its wreath logo has previously represented "inclusivity, diversity and independence."

It added: "Despite its lineage, we have seen that the Black/Yellow/Yellow twin tipped shirt is taking on a new and very different meaning in North America as a result of its association with the Proud Boys. That association is something we must do our best to end."

Fred Perry also said it would look to pursue any "unlawful use" of its brand, insisting any Proud Boys materials featuring its branding has "absolutely nothing to do with us."

Working to get around the shirts not being sold in North America, a faction of the group in the U.K. has said it intends to purchase as many of them as possible to send over.

A group named "Official Proud Boys Britannia" flagged a message to "all the Chapters in the United States and Canada," telling them: "We are in the process of buying all the black and yellow twin tipped Fred Perry polos we can find."

The post added "demand is high so please be patient" and said five shirts at a time must be requested from them at a minimum.

At time of posting, the group said it had "shipped roughly 250 shirts so far" and members were ordering them "through every site we can find" and pursuing other methods of getting more in a "bulk order."

Newsweek contacted Fred Perry for comment on this and was referred back to its previous statement.

Several retailers selling the item of clothing in the U.K. have also been contacted for comment.

The Proud Boys Britannia Group has also been reached for comment.

Proud Boys in the U.S. have been involved in protest violence of late, recently seen attacking Black Lives Matter protesters. Many of their demonstrations have previously seen clashes break out.

The official Proud Boy Magazine website outlines that to become a Proud Boy members must declare to be "a Western chauvinist who refuses to apologize for creating the modern world." On the site, it is described as a "pro-Western fraternal organization." It also states that anti-racism is a value of the group.

President Donald Trump was asked about the group during the first election debate and told them to "stand back and stand by." Democratic lawmakers have swiftly criticized his comments.

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Members of the Proud Boys face off against anti-Trump protesters outside a rally where President Trump officially launched his re-election campaign on June 18, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. Many wore black and yellow polo shirts, which Fred Perry said had been appropriated by the group, leading them to be withdrawn from sale in North America. Gerardo Mora/Getty Images
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