Buried in Brand

25th Jun 2011, 11:06 PM
Buried in Brand
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Authors' Note:

26th Jun 2011, 12:22 AM
Hello! :D

I just got back from a holiday in the UK this week. London (Westminster Abbey was particularly breathtaking), the Lake District (lots of Beatrix Potter!), bit of the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon, and ended off the trip with a tea party with the very lovely London lolis! Much love to them, I had a great trip and a wonderful time XD ♥

(I present a heavily overexposed photograph of the tea party outside the museum we visited! The camera was on the wrong setting when I passed it to Mike, but I guess it preserves some anonymity in a funky way, haha.)

Enjoy the comic! It's been a while since you've last seen it (sorry about that!), but we're back on track now. *revs engines*

A pile of lolita is heaven enough! Bethony has a preference for brand, though XD There are a couple of labels (primarily Japanese) which are recognised as relatively upmarket stores that regularly create subculture clothing. While some of them almost exclusively produce lolita or lolita-inspired clothing and accessories1, others sell similar genres2, and the Victorian Maiden store occasionally sells furniture that complements its overall aesthetic3.

Then... there's offbrand, a catch-all term for 'things that are not from recognised lolita brands'. Handmade is recognised as a category on its own, but sometimes a handmade piece falls into the hands of a buyer who isn't aware it was handmade -- and then he/she might consider it as being offbrand. A well-known store in Hong Kong, Anna House, has been producing lolita/ lolita-inspired clothing almost exclusively for several years now, but is not considered brand clothing. Is it the source? (It's not from Japan.) Is it the price? (It's not in the $300 range.) Is it the "quality"? (There are some arguments about brand needing quality.) Yet, relatively new Japanese stores that sell the same types of clothing might be considered 'indie' brands where Anna House is not. Who decides these things?

Zen spent all day on this one. She hopes you'll think it's worth it.


1 Angelic Pretty, Mary Magdalene, etc.
2 mille noirs sell the Elegant Gothic Aristocrat style, Innocent World and BABY, THE STARS SHINE BRIGHT sell kodona, and Emily Temple Cute and Jane Marple sell otome-kei
3 Lolita-inspired and random crazy awesome shit: Juliette et Justine



26th Jun 2011, 2:16 AM
Zens back! Yay! Glad you had fun, that picture looks like it was xD

Awww sea urchins! I'll admit I laughed larder at that first panel than the punch line xD
Still funny though...brand, brand everywhere.