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Brighton store's boost thanks to Pussy Riot trial
It has been one of the most high profile trials with international coverage.
So what better place could there be to see your product on show than during the Pussy Riot trial?
Michael Robson, the owner of North Laine shop Junk Funk, was stunned to see Russian band member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova wearing one of his T-shirts.
Members of the group were on trial accused of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred following an anti-Vladimir Putin performance in a Moscow cathedral.
The trial has been screened across the globe meaning Mr Robson’s T-shirt, which shows a gold Communist fist on a blue background and the slogan No Pasaran! which translates as “They shall not pass”.
The expression was used by Dolores Ibárruri Gómez, a member of the Communist Party of Spain, in her famous No Pasarán speech on July 18 1936 during the Spanish Civil War.
Mr Robson said: “We designed the T-shirt last year.
“We had no idea she would be wearing it.”
The shop received an order from Russia but could not have imagined who the mystery shopper was.
Mr Robson added: “We got an order from Russia for one of our T-shirts a couple of months ago but obviously we did not know who they were. We certainly did not know she was part of the band.”
The international exposure has seen sales rocket, with orders coming in from across the world.
He continued: “There has been loads of interest in the T-shirt especially on the website. It’s all been a bit crazy. There are lots of people buying the T-shirt from all over the world. People are seeing the trial, Googling it and coming to our website. It is really great.
“We have another one which says La Pelaton and that has become really popular after Bradley Wiggins and the Tour De France.
“We try and stay ahead of the game a bit.”
The group were today found guilty of the charges and all eyes will now be on the courtroom for the sentencing.
Mr Robson said: “It will be interesting to see what happens at the sentencing.”
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