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Do you like the name City State for a clothing brand?

Asked by kelevra (7 points ) February 19th, 2013

As the definition implies you yourself are part of society but still independent. It’s about standing out and being different.

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chyna's avatar

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No, it doesn’t bring to mind clothing. Maybe something with the name City in it like City Views?

zenvelo's avatar

As a clothing brand it connotes strictly urban clothing. Nothing for the suburbs or for the country. New York, Washington, Chicago, San Francisco. Too urban for LA , and too upscale for Portland or Seattle, let alone any other city in the US.

blueiiznh's avatar

It doesn’t do much for me. I don’t hear avante’ garde clothing at all.

JLeslie's avatar

Not really. City State. Like the Vatican?

fundevogel's avatar

seems fine to me.

RareDenver's avatar

I like it. I think it would work well in Europe.

BBawlight's avatar

Reminds me of those really snobby people up North (In the Untied States I’ve made that mistake once). They buy things at places like Aeropostale however it’s spelled. I get all of my clothes at Wal-Mart, though…

CWOTUS's avatar

Welcome to Fluther.

I guess, also, welcome to IKEA.

submariner's avatar

Yes, I guess. It makes me think of ancient Athens and Sparta. That’s a positive association for me, but it doesn’t have anything to do with the definition you stated in the body of your question.

wundayatta's avatar

City state sounds like an address format to me. I would never in a million years get the idea of being part of society but independent. Do you mean like some city state in ancient Greece? When the city was the state? Because I’m not even getting that, either.

YARNLADY's avatar

I always laugh when I see Banana Republic, and I hate the name Old Navy.

zenvelo's avatar

Actually, the more this hits me the more I have an impression of a line of clothing such as would be found at Barney’s in New York.

Sunny2's avatar

For what it’s worth, I immediately thought of a futuristic society in which everyone wore grey pants and grey jacket, Mao style.

SamandMax's avatar

City State…..Penitentiary.

Er….nope. Not doin’ it.

Fly's avatar

Not really. The “implied” definition you give is a bit of a stretch to me. While I am aware of the geographical and historical meanings/significance of the term, most people have absolutely no idea what this means, and the message that you think the name conveys is really a very loose interpretation to begin with. Going off of how most people would interpret the name, It sounds weirdly urban while at the same time not giving me any idea as to what the clothes would look like or who the target customer is. It doesn’t convey any particular message or idea. I say back to the drawing board- pick a name that more directly conveys the essence of your clothing line. Or, alternately, come up with a name based around your own name or the name of someone close to you- the vast majority of fashion labels are named after the designers or their partners/friends/relatives (think Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, Marc Jacobs, Louboutin, etc.).

zensky's avatar

Not really

Ron_C's avatar

When I first read this question, the city state that came to mind was Singapore.

Singapore sweaters or coats, I don’t think so, the weather’s vacillates betweet 80 and 90 degrees.

Qipaogirl's avatar

It rolls off the tongue nicely, but I am not certain that it makes me envision clothing. I think of institutions, and the clothing people wear in those sort of places is utilitarian and plain. If the clothing line would live up to that description, perhaps yes. Create a survey on survey monkey, and se what others think.

SamandMax's avatar

I think you’re going about this the wrong way.
To start off with you need to – as already hinted at in a not so direct manner – determine what sort of people are going to be buying your clothes, and whether or not they would actually buy them in the first place. Then come up with a brand name.
You’re talking business and business is more than just a name on a shop, or a brand on a can of beer. There’s a hell of a lot more to it than that and it’s not really as simple as just saying “This is what I’m going to call my business”. If this really is the name you’re thinking of giving to an actual business, you should probably rethink your strategy as to how you’re going to fit the clothes to the people in a less than obvious sense.

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