Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of the recently convicted Mexican drug cartel boss, Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, has announced the launch of a fashion brand in his name. The idea did not sit well with the US authorities, though.
As the kingpin of Mexico’s largest Sinaloa drug cartel, who was once one of the world’s most wanted criminals, faces life in prison, his wife – a former US beauty pageant queen – has seemingly found an inventive way to capitalize on his name. Earlier this week, Aispuro, 29, announced her plans to launch an ‘El Chapo Guzman: JGL’ fashion brand by summer.
“I invite clothing designers who are starting out and who want to join the project, to work with me,” Aispuro wrote in her Instagram, which has more than 100,000 followers.
The drug lord’s wife also proudly boasted that her goal was no less than “projecting my style and Joaquin’s” as well as to “please everybody.” While El Chapo himself is not expected to get anything from this new enterprise, he allegedly personally approved the idea, as he signed off on his wife’s venture right in his cell in a New York prison. It remains unclear, however, what exact contribution to fashion could be made by a common clothes-wearing man, who mostly gained international notoriety for his repeated escapes from Mexican custody – particularly through a 1.5km underground tunnel – and not by being a fashion icon.
The upstart project is facing problems though, as the US authorities were less-than-amused by the prospect of a criminal’s name being used for a fashion brand. Such a trademark would allegedly “violate public order, morality and good manners.”