Chinese Designer Stands with Tiffany Trump

The Trump family’s sense of fashion is losing flare in the U.S., with Nordstrom dropping Ivanka Trump’s clothing line, and Tiffany Trump getting “shunned” during New York fashion week as several high-profile designers voice their criticism of the Trump family in the media.

But oversees, the youngest daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump is being welcomed with open arms. In a very unlikely place: China.

Tiffany took center stage at the show of Chinese designer Tao Wang. And despite Trump’s vocal criticism of the Communist nation, several Chinese citizens refused to let their feelings toward the U.S. president extend to the youngest daughter. Instead, they praised her for giving a voice to a home grown Chinese designer – a rare move in the fashion world.

Ms. Trump first took notice of Tao when she took her line Taoray Wang on display after she first took over the New York catwalk in 2011.

The two share a close relationship. Tao called the lady warm, generous and full of encouragement.

“I think Tao’s aesthetic is just unparalleled. She puts so much effort into the slightest detail,” Tiffany told The Hollywood Report.

Still, the Chinese blogosphere dominated by Weibo or “China’s Twitter” is no stranger to Trump bashing. Economic policy, trade, and issues surrounding the South China Sea are very fiery talking points for criticizing the U.S. president. Still, others praised Tiffany for providing a global view of what many consider to be a symbol of Chinese culture and creativity.

But for some, it comes down to straight business.

Trump Mania sells in China. Everything from Trump T-shirts to masks is flying off the virtual shelves of Taobao, China’s biggest e-commerce retailer.

Caile Inflatable Products Company even raked in big bucks after selling inflatable chicken balloons in Trump’s image ahead of Chinese New Year, which represented Year of the Rooster.

“We are businessmen,” explains factory manager Wei Qing Of course, we would like to think positively about Trump’s influence on China. If these Trump chicken balloons can boost our business or even global economy, it would be fantastic.”

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Editor-in-Chief Andrew Burke is a lifelong aficionado of all things Chinese. He studied Mandarin while living in Taiwan for six years and now works as a digitization specialist at the Yenching Library, which specializes in Asian books and documents, at Harvard University where he also studies topics related to China, Chinese, Asia and foreign affairs.