After weeks of protests from Hong Kong locals, Dolce & Gabbana finally issued an apology to the region, where one of their stores has been under fire for discrimination.
To recap, these accusations began when security guards at the Dolce & Gabbana store in Tsim Sha Tsui banned Hong Kong locals from snapping photographs from outside of their store, but had no problem allowing mainland Chinese tourists to do so.
Initially, the fashion brand issued the following statement in their defense:
Controversial statements reported in the Hong Kong press have not been made by Dolce & Gabbana nor its staff, and we strongly reject any racist or derogatory comments…we wish to underline that our company has not taken part in any action aimed at offending the Hong Kong public.
Hong Kong residents continued to stage protests outside the store, including one on January 8 that drew over 1,000 people and shut down the store. Protestors reportedly began putting up signs that said "Apologize or get out" and so today Dolce & Gabbana issued the following formal apology:
We understand that the events which unfolded in front of the Dolce & Gabbana boutique on Canton Road have offended the citizens of Hong Kong, and for this we are truly sorry and we apologise. The Dolce & Gabbana policy is to welcome the Hong Kong people and that of the whole world respecting the rights of each individual and of the local laws.
But is it genuine? The Wall Street Journal points out that the apology comes on the heels of Chinese New Year, a big shopping season in Asia. Obviously, a flock of protestors outside the store doesn't bode well for business.
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