The other day while shopping at Kids’ Market, I was trying to decide between 2 different dresses for Amy Beth. Both were a lot of money (for a Kids’ Market item), but both were really cute. I asked a fellow KM crazie which one she would choose. Her first question was, “What brand names are they?” This took me aback. That had never entered my consideration. But then I remembered the post Rachel had written about some boots someone had given to her for Ali. They were a brand name and a couple of people commented on it to talk about how awesome it would be to have that brand of boots for their little girl. I’m sorry, but I do not understand the fascination with brand names/designer clothing.
So I have been considering it ever since. What is the deal with brand names? I once thought maybe the brand named clothing was a better quality, but Rachel changed my mind about that when she wrote about her experience buying designer jeans. I know for some people it’s a status symbol thing, but is that really the only reason? Is it just a matter of status, or is it something more? I would love your input into this and help me understand. Not that it will change how I feel about brand name versus generic, but I would like to know what makes someone pay, say $200 for a pair of jeans when a $30 pair work just as well? Can someone enlighten me?
Oh and for those who hate a dangling story, I ended up choosing the brand name dress. Not because it was a brand name, but because Amy Beth didn’t have a dress that color. She’ll be wearing it to church Sunday.