Vincenzo La Torre

Vincenzo La Torre

Fashion Editor, South China Morning Post and Post Magazine

Vincenzo La Torre is a contributor to Inkstone and fashion editor at the South China Morning Post.

Location
Hong Kong
Language spoken
English, Mandarin, Italian, French, Japanese
Areas of Expertise
Fashion, beauty, jewellery
Collateral damage: fashion brand hit by China’s ban on black T-shirts
China’s ban on sales of black clothing to Hong Kong has unexpectedly hit a fashion company specializing in casual wear in black. “Right now all my items for the September drop are being held at customs. Couriers won’t even pick them up,” said Brian Au, whose fashion brand CHSN1 sells hoodies, sweatshirts and casual sportswear that come mainly in black. Chinese authorities have banned sales to Hong Kong of black garments such as T-shirts and jeans, which anti-government protesters have adopted as part of their signature look in their months-long campaign for greater accountability and democracy. The snag highlights the surprising and far-reaching consequences of the Hong Kong government’s pus
Collateral damage: fashion brand hit by China’s ban on black T-shirts
China bans sales of black T-shirts to Hong Kong amid unrest
The Chinese government is cracking down on sales of black clothing to Hong Kong. Black T-shirts, jeans and face masks have been a signature look of the anti-government protesters taking to the streets of Hong Kong week after week since June. The blocking of shipments of protest outfits highlights the Chinese authorities’ efforts to undermine the increasingly violent protest movement, which demands greater accountability and electoral reform. According to a July notice issued by the Guangdong courier company PHXBUY, mainland Chinese customs ordered a halt in delivery of a list of products including black T-shirts, masks, gloves and yellow umbrellas. A subsequent notice posted in late Septembe
China bans sales of black T-shirts to Hong Kong amid unrest