Just to pick up on G-Star, I agree with the comments above.
The branding is just too over the top, and in your face. Unfortunately, anything that goes into USC (for the most part) is chav wear.
They could easily tone it down, and drop the branding - maybe even add a separate division, which uses the same materials, but styled slightly differently. I actually really like their denim..
I've been pottering into Jack Wills quite a bit of late and I'm hugely impressed. Everyone seems to have gotten over their A&F, Hollister, Jack Wills love explosion so the brand has become somewhat more acceptable to me, They have some really, really great stuff in their. I particularly like their blazers, knitwear, coloured cords and a mustard colour duffle coat that I want want want.
I generally try to avoid buying a lot from Topman simply because every other bugger will be wearing it; but I wouldn't say avoid it. Otherwise, pretty much the same as the above.
Basically anything in Republic.
Also agree with the comments above, hate the brands that plaster their name all over their clothes. Most notably Bench, Crosshatch, G-Star, Gio Goi etc etc etc
I don't understand the hate towards SuperDry. Yeah fair enough, EVERYONE seems to be wearing it but they do have a few nice things. The vast the majority of their tees are horrible but they have some neat knitwear at the moment.
I think what I dislike about Superdry is that their jackets, shirts, coats etc often have a big logo and some writing on the left shoulder at the back. If they didn't put that there I might be a bit keener, but that's what really puts me off with them. As others have said, brands which have tons of logos or writing on their clothes tend to put me off.
Originally Posted by Santino
Jack Wills is still as common as muck in Bath - at least it was last time I went there a few months back. Every other person has their JW rugby shirt on (underneath their gilet) with their collar flipped up.
Originally Posted by William Colman
Yep the whole world and his brother seem to have a windcheater jacket I agree.
I guess I'm a little defensive of Superdry because everything I've bought from there has been good quality.
G-Star Correct Line is you
Originally Posted by Brown
River Island (saying that as someone who loves Topman)
Tacky, T-Shirts with skulls on, overly blingy, watered down version of Topman.
Surprised the focus is on what the brands mean to people rather than poor experiences with brands.
For me, I avoid Hugo Boss because I have bought some expensive pieces and the quality has been terrible.
Likewise, I find the quality of H&M awful for many items. In summer, folks round here were raving about a blue doubled breasted jacket from H&M, I went to look at it and it was so cheap looking I couldn't believe it, the material, the stitching, the buttons. I lost a lot of respect for people on this board after that.
I also avoid Zara, the build quality again is pretty grim, despite some nice designs, shame really.
With regards to the focus on what brands mean to people I'm quite the opposite Electroross. Being on this forum I’m sure you are aware that fashion is a very personal thing. For those who are interested in fashion or care about how they dress, what you wear has the ability to reflect who you are or aspire to be and bring confidence. Therefore it makes sense that people would gravitate to brands that they have an affinity with and steer clear of those which represent the image they detest.
Poor quality will definitely drive you away from a brand, but I'd still wear a poorly made Hugo Boss item than an Ed Hardy item if they were my two options!!