The Italian luxury label Versace and its artistic director, Donatella Versace, apologized on Sunday after one of the company's t-shirts was widely criticized on social networks in China for identifying the autonomous territories of Hong Kong and Macau as countries.
Purchased by the US company Capri Holdings, of Michael Kors, Versace assumed it had made a mistake and said it had since July 24 stopped selling and distributing the clothing. The new controversy involving an Italian label occurred because on the Versace t-shirts were printed the names of several cities, including capital cities and other major European and American municipalities, with their respective nation. However, the "city-country" peer list, for example "New York-USA" and "Beijing-China", has placed Hong Kong and Macau as "Hong Kong-Hong Kong and Macau-Macau".
Both Hong Kong and Macau were designated independent states, although in the late 1990 the former European colonies returned to China. Images of the clothes were widely publicized in Chinese social media and provoked a huge controversy.
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