Earlier this month, security staff at Dolce & Gabbana’s Hong Kong boutique reportedly barred Hong Kong natives from taking photos of the store — while not enforcing similar rules on tourists or (wealthy) mainland Chinese residents. Protests ensued, and are still continuing outside the store, thanks to a determined Facebook campaign. Over the weekend, smaller groups braved bad weather to chant and stomp around; they also stuck posters to the store’s windows, which they then photographed.
In addition to seeing the rule overturned, protesters are now adamant that Dolce & Gabbana apologize. “We have to protest for our freedom. If they haven’t apologized we will still come here,” one told WWD. The Equal Opportunities Commission in Hong Kong has written to the brand “expressing concern over the alleged differential treatment,” but has yet t0 hear back. Indeed, Dolce’s only response thus far has been a carefully worded statement denying any direct involvement in the store’s racially tinged problems.