- Shares of Versace parent Capri Holdings sank Monday for a second straight session following backlash over a T-shirt that appeared to list Hong Kong as a country independent from China.
- Donatella Versace, the brand’s chief creative officer, apologized Sunday in a signed tweet.
- It all happened amid intense protests in Hong Kong as the city fights for independence from China.
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The luxury brand Versace sparked anger in China for selling a T-shirt that listed Hong Kong as a separate country.
The backlash helped send shares of Capri Holdings, its parent company, down 5% Friday, erasing gains from the company’s first-quarter earnings beat Wednesday.
On Monday, shares of Capri Holdings fell by as much as 5% after Donatella Versace issued an apology for the gaffe with a signed tweet.
"Never have I wanted to disrespect China’s national sovereignty and this is why I wanted to personally apologize for such inaccuracy and for any distress that it might have caused," the tweet on Sunday said.
The T-shirt in question was recalled in July, and unsold shirts have been destroyed, the company said.
The controversy comes at a time when tensions between Beijing and Hong Kong are high as the city calls for independence from the Chinese government.
Protests have been ongoing for more than 10 weeks and have escalated recently.
On Monday authorities at Hong Kong International Airport stopped all flights as protesters occupied the premises for a fourth day. Shares of Cathay Pacific sank as much as 4.9% to decade lows after China demanded the airline prohibit protesting employees from flying to the mainland.
Michael Kors Holdings acquired Versace at the end of 2018 for more than $2.1 billion and changed its name to Capri Holdings. The luxury brand joined Jimmy Choo and Michael Kors in the Capri Holdings portfolio.
Shares of Capri Holdings are down 25% year to date.
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