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Age, gender and national factors in fashion consumption

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Purpose - The research aimed to reveal real behavioural preferences in fashion and clothing consumption, and analyses the similarities and differences between British, Brazilian and Chinese consumers. This approach was selected to consider the distinctions between a mature market, and emerging western and eastern markets. Design/methodology/approach - The investigation was based around a research methodology using quantitative analysis with appropriate statistical techniques on three random surveys of consumers from the southeast of England (N=265), the northeast of Brazil (N=310) and mainland China (N=226) older than 15 years. Findings - A new conceptual framework is proposed - the physical, identity and lifestyle (PIL) model, providing a tool for effective and more focused decision-making techniques for developing better fashion products. British, Brazilian and Chinese consumers have different requirements for fashion and clothing products based upon age and gender. The evidence suggests that the fashion industry needs to be more aware of consumer indicators when targeting mature consumers. Research limitations/implications - The research was based on samples and not the entire population of target consumers, providing limitations. As an inferential statistical method was chosen, the results were susceptible to inaccuracy. Originality/value - The survey came from three different continents, thereby providing rich perspectives into global consumption. Companies who own domestic market share and want to enter new global markets could use this data to improve their product design development decisions.
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Keywords: Age Groups; Brazil; China; Consumer Behaviour; Fashion; United Kingdom

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2005-04-01

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