North Korea bans leather coats that copy Kim Jong Un's style
North Korea has now banned leather coats that copy the style of its leader Kim Jong Un in the latest crackdown of expression in the East Asian country.
Kim popularized the leather jacket in 2019, which was first worn by wealthy elites who could afford the expensive item. People in North Korea loved the look and started copying Kim. A military parade in North Korea also showcased high-ranking officials donning leather jackets, sparking further interest in the material.
Fake leather was soon imported so the jacket could be worn by people with less money, which frustrated Kim. Fashion police have now mobilized to confiscate the artificial leather jackets in markets and from "pleather" wearers.
Authorities in North Korea felt that imitation is not the sincerest form of flattery, ruling that Kim should have a monopoly on his own style of fashion.