Manolo says, all this afternoon the Manolo has been hearing from his internet friends, and from the readers of his column in the Express of the Washington Post, alerting the Manolo to the unfortunate use of the word “kaffir”, which appears as the name of the shoes he recommended.
This letter from the Manolo’s reader Matthews M. is not untypical.
I refer to your article in today’s Express, p E3 where you refer to the icon look – kaffir.
You did not name the shoe. Did you know that the word “kaffir” in South Africa is as derogatory as the “N” word is in the US?
Sadly, the Manolo did not know the full extent of the hurtful vulgarity of this word. You may be assured that if he had known he would not have recommended this shoe, indeed, he would have recommended the entirely different designer.
The Manolo must now ask for your forgiveness, and hope that you, his dear readers, will not allow this unfortunate error to stand between us.