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More Gucci than Gucci: Russian customs officers confiscate original Semarang handbags

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Semarang   /   Mon, August 12, 2019   /  07:59 am
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Rorokenes founder and owner Syanaz Nadya Wiranto Putri showcases her leather bags in Semarang, Central Java, on Aug. 8.(JP/Suherdjoko)

Syanaz Nadya Wiranto Putri was perplexed when her luggage, filled with 10 leather purses and 50 burlap handbags, was confiscated by customs officers upon her arrival at Moscow Domodedovo Airport in Russia.   Syanaz, the 45-year-old founder and owner of Semarang-based fashion company Rorokenes, which specializes in a wide array of bags made from leather and recycled wood, flew to Moscow with fellow entrepreneurs from Central Java to showcase products at the Indonesia Festival, held from Aug. 2 to 4 in the Russian capital. She said the Central Java administration, in partnership with the regional branch of Bank Indonesia and the Central Java Industry and Trade Agency, supported the promotion of 13 high-quality products in Russia. The products included leather bags, furniture, coffee, jamu (traditional herbal medicine), gula sarang semut (red sugar resembling an ant’s nest)...