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Brands that have hijacked commonplace symbols/motifs

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Brands that have hijacked commonplace symbols/motifs

Alexander McQueen - skulls
Tiffany - heart charm/pendant
Van Cleef & Arpels - quatrefoil
Givenchy; Versace - Greek key
Chanel - flower (apparently, it's a camellia)
Vivian Westwood - sovereign's orb

These symbols/motifs existed independently before brands came along and hijacked them. Please don't assume I am wearing an imitation/knockoff/wannabe item of one of these brands.
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I didn't know skulls have anything to do with Alexnder McQueen.

In fact other than Tiffany I don't recognize any of those relations you described.

How old are you?
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mebiuspower wrote:
Dec 4th, 2017 2:35 pm
I didn't know skulls have anything to do with Alexnder McQueen.

In fact other than Tiffany I don't recognize any of those relations you described.

How old are you?
What I've listed isn't obscure. It's not like I pulled stuff out of the distant past, like Yves Saint Laurent's Mondrian dresses, or the houndstooth of Christian Dior. Are u familiar with L'Oreal's Studio line of hair care products with the Mondrian packaging design?
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Besides the skull scarf, u can find skulls on a whole bunch of McQueen items like on their iconic clutches.
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Mcdonalds hijacked the 'M'

WOULD SOMEBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!
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Adidas and the South Vietnam flag :)
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I like underarmour compression gear, but always felt their logo was a mishmash of Bailey's and the insignia from that awesome 60's cartoon, The Mighty Hercules :)

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Tiffany - key
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You worry too much about what other people think of what "symbol" you're wearing.
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wirebound wrote:
Dec 4th, 2017 2:48 pm
Carlsberg beer - the swastika (ancient symbol of good fortune)- until they smartly discontinued its use in 1940 after a certain other group appropriated the same symbol... https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/elephant-gate
I know that history.
But how the heck did the nazi's make use of it? Did it represent peace and good fortunate of evil jew killers?!
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nike and the check mark

apple and apples

windows with windows

amazon with the rainforest
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Nike and Apple (and MS Windows) have such stylized symbols that I don't perceive any hijacking.
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aizecarla wrote:
Dec 5th, 2017 9:34 pm
You worry too much about what other people think of what "symbol" you're wearing.
I worry about what marketing and mass market influences do to my perceptions.
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WWF hijacked the panda. Now, every time I see a panda, I see WWF.

(Am I doing it right?)

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