Canada-based designer Naomiso's entry in a Vans sneaker design competition referencing the anti-government protests in Hong Kong, which the company disqualified despite it being voted the most popular entry. Vans also withdrew a second entry related to the Hong Kong protests.

Vans sneakers pulled from sale in Hong Kong after protest-themed shoe contest designs removed by company, sparking backlash

  • Street wear sellers clear Vans from their shelves, and Vans owners dump sneakers in protest, after company bars two entries from its custom shoe competition
  • Rules didn’t prohibit political themes, one seller says; Vans says it reviews contest designs to ensure they honour its ‘values of respect and tolerance’
Topic |   Fashion

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Canada-based designer Naomiso's entry in a Vans sneaker design competition referencing the anti-government protests in Hong Kong, which the company disqualified despite it being voted the most popular entry. Vans also withdrew a second entry related to the Hong Kong protests.
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Clouds of tear gas have little effect on an anti-government protester in Wan Chai. Photo: Sam Tsang

Hong Kong protests: tens of thousands defy mask ban as mobs go on rampage against mainland China-linked businesses and MTR

  • Masked mobs smash banks, stores and bookshops associated with mainland China and trash government buildings
  • Most MTR stations remain closed on Monday as rail operator says more time needed to repair damage
Topic |   Hong Kong protests

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Clouds of tear gas have little effect on an anti-government protester in Wan Chai. Photo: Sam Tsang
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