A new San Francisco-based clothing line is getting backlash for their questionable choice of brand name; IRA Apparel, which stands for Impact Reduction Apparel, specializes in safety clothing for skateboarders.

In the last few days the brand has been attracting much attention on Twitter because of their adversiting hashtags like #IRA, #IRAstreetteam and #IRAapparel, which have resulted in global head-shaking and questions, like: really? why?

They’ve stuck to their guns, though, and have just tweeted about their non-affiliation with the Irish Republican Army in response to the criticism and mockery:

Impact Reduction Apparel is who we are. We have no affiliation with ANY terror groups.

— IRA Apparel (@IRA_Apparel) January 1, 2015

Here are some of the responses:

.@IRA_Apparel Did any of you do a Google search before you were certain on your name? Hilarious.

— Allan Price (@AllanGWPrice) January 1, 2015

@IRA_Apparel @conorbudge How much are your balaclavas?

— PrinceBuster69 (@PrinceBuster69) January 1, 2015

@IRA_Apparel For when your terrorist organisation needs new kit try #IRAapparel pic.twitter.com/ce1mN2Tx1H

— Alan Lambo Lambert (@alanlambodublin) January 1, 2015

Their website reads: "We are experienced, highly qualified, and discreet professionals, with excellent references and a broad range of project training."

What do you think?

A new California-based clothing line has branded themselves ‘IRA’ - outrage ensues.Twitter