Knock off phones, purses, restaurants – it was only a matter of time before China copied a club.
According to Mashable, clubbers in China and beyond have been frequenting their own version of Zouk in Changsha, which is the capital city of China’s Hunan province. Artwork coming out of the club has even used the same logo and also the club’s DJ Mag ranking in its promotions. The replica has reportedly even fooled some international artists into thinking that they’re playing for the bonafide Zouk brand.
Zouk is Singapore’s oldest and most prolific clubbing institution and is also one of the world’s finest and most respected clubs in the industry. Zouk has a sister club in Kuala Lumpur and while it has been expanding some of its endeavors since parts of the brand were bought out by Genting Hong Kong, we can assure you that doesn’t include “Zouk Changsha” as it’s called locally.
Zouk told Mashable that they do actually own the Zouk trademark in China and so they previously filed a complaint with authorities who raided the premises in July of 2016. The club continues to operate today but has since changed its name to Zook.
As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and this is especially true for Zouk.