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26th Nov 2021

North Korea bans leather coats to prevent people from copying Kim Jong-un

Kieran Galpin

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North Korea is banning its citizens from wearing leather trench coats as their Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un is the only one who can fully rock the Matrix look.

According to Radio Free Asia, there has been a complete ban on men wearing leather trench coats, with state police confiscating the clothing from both citizens and salespeople.

Sources tell the radio station that the new rules were implemented after people began copying their leader’s style directly.

“During the military parade at the 8th Party Congress in January of this year, the Highest Dignity and all the high-ranking officials were shown wearing leather coats also,” the source told Radio Free Asia.

However things didn’t stop there – as Kim’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, was also clad in a leather jacket similar to her brothers. As such, women also began emulating the style.

“Leather coats began to be recognized as a symbol of power,” the source said.

“Young men protest, saying they bought the coats with their own money and there is no reason to take them away.

“The police respond to the complaints, saying that wearing clothes designed to look like the Highest Dignity’s is an ‘impure trend to challenge the authority of the Highest Dignity'” they added.

“They instructed the public not to wear leather coats, because it is part of the party’s directive to decide who can wear them.”

Although another source negates the claim that the Supreme Leader is a fashion icon and instead suggests that the coats have been popular for some time. They say that South Korean actor Jang Dong-gun actually popularised the coat in the early 2000s.

“That was when South Korean films began to spread in provincial cities, and the leather jacket worn by the South Korean actor Jang Dong-gun became all the rage and is still in vogue,” said the second source.

“Rich entrepreneurs are able to import the fabric for the coats by placing an order with state-run trading companies who have partially resumed maritime smuggling.”

The west may have Kim K but the east is rocking it with Kim Jong-un and his signature leather coat.

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