Necescity: Douglas Young - Playing G.O.D.
On Triads & Expression
God’s a tough name to live up to but Douglas Young, CEO and founder of G.O.D., is deified in this city. An icon of authentic local design, he spoke to us about Hong Kongers’ difficulty expressing their identity and why he was arrested in 2007...
"We’d made a shirt in Chinese long script with '14K' written in a golden, retro design. It was supposed to look like the golden plaques worn by women at Chinese weddings but the police thought ‘14K' was a reference to the infamous triad gang and they arrested us. About 18 of us were locked up and we had to shut down business for a short time.