Chinese Firms Invent “Foreign” Brand Names

Many domestic Chinese companies want to project a more foreign (exotic) image. So, they have created brands that are not perceived as Chinese.
As reported by Dan Levin for the New York Times:
“Eager to glaze their products with the sheen of international sophistication, many homegrown retail brands have hit upon a similar formula: Choose a non-Chinese name that gives the impression of being foreign. Chrisdien Deny, a retail chain with more than 500 locations across China, sells belts, shoes and clothing with an “Italian style” — and a logo with the same font as Christian Dior’s. Helen Keller, named for the deaf-blind American humanitarian, offers trendy sunglasses and classic spectacles at over 80 stores, with the motto ‘you see the world, the world sees you.’ Frognie Zila, a clothing brand sold in 120 stores in China, boasts that its ‘international’ selection is ‘one of the first choices of successful politicians and businessmen’ and features pictures on its Web site of the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Venetian canals.”
Click the image to read Levin’s full story AND to access a slideshow on Chinese retailers.



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