In search of status through brands from western and asian origins: examining the changing face of fashion clothing consumption in chinese young adults

Aron O'Cass*, Vida Siahtiri

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Abstract

Consumption for many is increasingly underpinned by the search for and creation of identity and status through specific consumption practices, including consumerism and placing a high priority on brands. One product category where such consumption practices underpin its growth and marketing is fashion clothing. The expressive nature of clothing makes it particularly important in societies where consumerism and status seeking is a priority. In picking up the significance and the role of fashion clothing, this study explores the impact of Chinese young adults' consumerism, their status consumption tendencies and decision-making style on their perceptions of fashion clothing brands' status, with origins from the West versus Asia. The results show that Chinese young adults prefer fashion clothing brands with Western origins over those with Asian origins. The levels of consumerism, status consumption and decision-making styles were major contributors to how they perceived the brands, and in this sense western fashion clothing brands may communicate status and wealth better than Asian brands. Further, the findings show a willingness on the part of young Chinese adults to buy more than what they need and look for prestigious-symbolic brands of fashion clothing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)505-515
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Retailing and Consumer Services
Volume20
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Brand status
  • Chinese adults
  • Consumer decision making style
  • Consumerism
  • Status consumption

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