TAIPEI (The China Post) – If you go for cheap brands on your first date, you may leave a bad impression in Japan, home of the famous Uniqlo brand.
Well, Uniqlo recently launched a multi-pocket jacket that looks like Changshan wear – a traditional Chinese dress worn by men – for its spring/summer collection, leaving Japanese netizens to wonder whether it should be called “prisoners’ wear”?
The Japanese brand launched the new design in Japan and Taiwan, where it is called “military jacket” and “trench coat,” respectively.
Critics, however, compared the design of the “military jacket” to Changshan wear, also called “Mao suit” for its four outside pockets.
Some people asked: “It is Mao Zedong, isn’t it?” or “A Prisoner?” or “I don’t get it; why designing a Mao suit?” Others also remarked that “A Japanese in that jacket may look like a surrendered soldier.”
Someone even posted some pictures and asked: “It’s so hard to decide which hat to match with it.”
Others asked: “Is the design offensive to Chinese?” “Does Uniqlo want to break into the Chinese market?”
As for the price, some people also said: “It’s ridiculous that it costs 6990 yen (NT$1,942).”