you a "brand slave"?
brands, such as Nike, Gap or even Virgin, are a major part of modern
life. Often the brands are global names. But why do some people think
brands are important, while others could
less about them?
a group of British teenagers talk
about the importance
- or unimportance - of wearing designer clothes.
Yes, I think that brands
are quite important. When I buy
clothes, I tend to go for good
brands, like Nike or Gap,
'cos you know
Well I think that's stupid, I really do. The only time I ever buy Nike
or things like that is in the sales,
when they're cheap.
Otherwise, designer brands are a complete rip-off
as I'm concerned. I can't
to pay twice as much as
I need to, just to have Nike or CK. It's a total waste of money!
But it isn't,
I mean, you know you're getting good quality if you buy a well-known
Maybe, but that doesn't mean the opposite's true,
does it?I mean,
buy a Nike baseball cap or something, you're really paying about forty
to wear the logo! You can get perfectly good quality for half the price
without wasting your money on designer stuff, can't
Sometimes, yeah; but you can't be sure, can
you? I mean, if you buy a pair of Nike trainers, you know
got a good pair of shoes, and everyone else knows it too.
Do they? I think that's just silly! Frankly, I don't go
to see what
people have got on; and I certainly wouldn't judge a
person by their
not a matter of judging people by their clothes.
But I think, like,
you feel better if you know you've got good clothes on.
Not necessarily things like Gap, but anything with a reasonably good
I mean, lots of people wouldn't
be seen dead wearing stuff from Littlewoods
or Marks &
Sparks — it's just so un-cool.
Yeah, it's all about image,
the nail on the head,haven't
you? It's just image. I mean, you buy designer brands just
of the image. Not for any real reason at all. Just image, or
You imagine people think
you 'cos you're wearing
Armani jeans or something like that.
Well they do. That's why people wear them, isn't
it? I mean, when you go anywhere, people judge you by what
can see, don't they? If you're wearing crap
clothes, no one's
going to think much of you at all!
I think you're missing the point there, Mike; after all it's not a
of choosing between designer clothes and crappy
it's a matter of choosing between good expensive clothes with a posh
label, and cheaper good clothes without one. You can perfectly well
good clothes that don't have some fancy
name. I mean, look
Are you going to look down
'cos there aren't any trendy
labels on any of my gear?
No, not really, but if you had on a Calvin Klein sweatshirt or
I might think you were cooler.
Oh that's really gross!
I call it juvenile.
But it isn't! Like Tom said, people do judge you by what they see, and
if they see you're wearing good clothes, they'll be more likely to get
a good impression of you.
But the things I'm wearing are perfectly good, aren't
They're perfectly good, and good quality too. I can't see what makes
sweatshirt any better than mine, just 'cos it's got GAP
it. Besides, half of
branded stuff is made using sweatshop labour
in Asia. You know there's kids of ten
years old working in factories
in places like Cambodia, making cheap designer stuff for famous
There was a documentary on TV the other day.
Yes, like, you buy a pair of super trainers for £100 here,
people who actually made them were being paid 50p an hour or something.
Your posh expensive trainers really cost about £5 to make.
wonder that big fashion companies can
afford all their expensive
advertising, no wonder their bosses are millionaires.
Yeah, maybe, but it's the same for everything, isn't
it? It isn't just the big names that are exploiting people
in poor countries,is
it? They're all doing it. I mean look at your shoes, Tom.
were they made?
I haven't a clue.
No, so how do you know they weren't made using child labour too? You
No: but even so,
don't make a right. And it doesn't make any difference to
that lots of designer brands use sweatshop labour in Asia, does
Frankly, I don't see what I can do about it, since you can't go round
everything you buy was made .
It's just not practical. And wherever they're made, I still like
good clothes. I don't feel good in crap outfits
Nor me neither.
designer name - can't
don't have enough money for -'cos:
because - could not
care less: are not at all
poor quality - factory:
industrial building - fancy:
posh - gear:
clothes, equipment - go
prefer - go
spend time looking - gross:
bad, awful - it's
not a matter of:
it's not a question of -
Littlewoods & Marks & Sparks:
Littlewoods and Marks & Spencer, two famous British clothes
shops - look
have a poor opionon of - no
not surprising that - posh:
high class - quid:
pounds - rip-off:
extorsion (French: arnaque) - sales:
when shops sell articles cheaper than usual - stuff:
people working in very bad intensive conditions - they'll
be more likely to:
they will more probably - think
have a better impression of - trendy:
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know they're good quality.....
just a waste of money, ....
can perfectly well wear good clothes that don't have some fancy
do judge you by what they see,
was a documentary on TV the other day
all doing it.
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hit the nail on the head.
wouldn't be seen dead....
wrongs don't make a right.
missing the point there....
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