BUSINESS- Luxury brand Versace has issued an apology after an image on one its T-shirts showed Hong Kong and Macau as independent territories.
The Versace T-shirt in question featured city-country pairs such as Milan-Italy and London-UK. Two such pairs were Hong Kong-Hong Kong and Macau-Macau which depicted the two territories as independent but China claims these as its part.
In a post on Weibo, the Italian fashion label said it had stopped selling and had destroyed the T-shirts as of 24 July.
"We apologise for the dispute. We love China and respect the sovereignty of China's territorial state.”
Donatella Versace, the label’s artistic director also issued an apology.
"Never have I wanted to disrespect China's National Sovereignty and this is why I wanted to personally apologise for such inaccuracy and for any distress that it might have caused.”
Versace's China brand ambassador Yang Mia los cut her ties with the brand following the controversy.
On Monday, fashion brands Coach and Givenchy also faced backlash for not adhering to China's territorial claims.