Fetish shop faces neighbours' backlash

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 02 June, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 02 June, 1996, 12:00am

EXOTIC boutique Fetish Fashion has been getting neighbouring shopkeepers excited.

The shop in Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, which specialises in leather and PVC fashions, assorted adult toys and accessories has been open for a year.

But store owners in the upmarket district say a sign at the entrance to their building - now removed - depicting naked buttocks was tasteless and tarnished the image of surrounding shops.

'We were upset because their sign was vulgar in the extreme,' said a spokesman from Wing's Antiques, on the ground floor. 'People would come in and ask if their shop was connected to ours, so we complained to the building owners' council and to the management association and finally the Government.

'This is a tourist district and it is not appropriate to have this type of shop around here,' she said.

Government inspectors eventually ordered the sign to be removed from the kerb because it was an obstruction.

Portobello Antique Gallery director Chiang Oi-ling, whose premises are also on the ground floor, said she found the advertising offensive and expressed concern about the clientele.

'I see some of their customers and I believe there are many homosexuals because they look very image-conscious,' she said.

Fetish Fashion co-owner Joanna Mead said the offending sign was only one example of her cool relations with other store owners.

'It's not the sign but the nature of the business,' she said.

'We tried not to make it tacky and we don't sell anything illegal or pornographic, but we would place the sign at the right side of the main door and it would be moved to the kerbside by someone else.' The building's management had told Fetish Fashion it would need approval from all tenants if it wanted to put a sign on the wall, she said.

Small posters tied to a metal pole on the pavement were always torn off by the following morning, Ms Mead said.



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