Mr. Qu is a taxi driver. We meet him in the Jiugong area. He wears a T-shirt with the text ‘It takes two to stupid’ and in small letters: ‘Frank’s voice dropped a bit. “When the weather was bad he would drive me to school. He had this old truck that he used in his fishing business.’
Mr. Qu bought the T-shirt for 39 RMB at a street stall nearby.
Pants: 110 RMB, bought from a wholesale mall.
Shoes: more than 50 RMB, bought in his hometown in the northeast of China.
The young man presents himself as a businessman. Before we can talk a bit more about his background, his father – until then on the phone – calls him and insists that they have more urgent things to do than talking to us.
The young man usually buys his own clothes.
Sunglasses: 2,000 RMB
Trousers: 600 RMB from ZARA
Shirt: 800 RMB from Pierre Cardin
Bag: 500 RMB
Shoes: 600 RMB
Yin Yue and Mao Shiyi are from Beijing and work in the media industry.
Yin Yue’s clothes:
Coat: Around 20,000 RMB
Legging: 100 RMB, from the clothes market near Beijing Zoo
Bag: Around 6,500 RMB, brand: MCM
Boots: Around 1,000 RMB
Mao Shiyi’s clothes:
Coat: Around 20,000 RMB
Jeans: 300 RMB
Shoes: Around 1,500 RMB
Hoodie: A gift from Adidas when working at an event
We meet a man who introduces himself as “Vigor” at a high-end shopping mall near Dawang Road. He works in the film industry for Hollywood based companies.
Hat: from London; around 700 RMB
Bodywarmer: from London; around 1,000 RMB
Cardigan: from the UK; 3,000 – 4,000 RMB
Scarf: from the UK; 1,000 RMB
Pants: from the UK; 1,000 – 2,000 RMB
Shoes: from the UK; 3,000 – 4,000 RMB
Vigor tells that many of his clothes are from the UK, because that is where he often has to stay for his work.
We meet Ye Yingying at the north gate of the Forbidden City. She is on a holiday in Beijing. Ms. Ye is studying at a secondary technical school in Guangzhou. She is in her second year and she wants to become a tour guide after graduation.
Hat: from Guangzhou; 56 RMB
Sunglasses: from the Forbidden City; 10 RMB
Scarf: from Guangzhou; 29 RMB
Sleeveless cardigan: from Guangzhou; around 45 RMB
Sweater: from Guangzhou; around 100 RMB
Skirt: from Guangzhou; 88 RMB
Shoes: from Guangzhou; 69 RMB
Bag: from Guangzhou; around 45 RMB
Ye Yingying tells us that all her clothes are in this price range.
Mr. Xu GuangCheng is retired. He used to be a civil servant.
Mr. Xu bought the clothes he is wearing himself.
The suit brand is Kaiwang and he paid 1,500 RMB for it.
The shoes are 700 RMB.
For the hat he paid a couple of hundred RMB.
Ms. Yao and Ms. Wu are university students from Qinghuangdao, Hebei Province, visiting Beijing for a day.
They bought their shoes together; for 30 RMB per pair at the popular and cheap clothes market near Beijing Zoo.
Ms. Wu’s T-shirt was a gift from friends. Ms. Yao’s white shirt is old. The handbag was brought from home, the price is about 15 RMB. Their bracelets cost around 10 RMB each.
Mr. Zhuang works at a jewelry market near HongQiao in Beijing.
Mr. Zhang did not buy the clothes he is wearing himself. They were provided by his employer.
In his spare time Mr. Zhuang likes to wear customes as well.
Ms. ShiQiao ZhiJia is Japanese. She stays in Beijing as a foreign exchange student at Peking University. Her major is Chinese.
Ms. ShiQiao ZhiJia bought the clothes she is wearing herself, except for the scarf. Her mother sent it to her as a gift.
She paid around 3,000 Yen (about 236 RMB) for the shirt, 2,000 Yen (157 RMB) for the shoes and 1,000 Yen (79 RMB) for the stocking. She forgot about the price of her pants.
Lu Zhe studies at a conservatory of music. He is a fan of MIDI music. As a skateboarder he practices at a half-pipe in Daxing (a district in Beijing).
Prices for his outfit:
Cap 100 RMB; T-shirt, imported with a special design, 100 RMB; Pants 200 RMB; Shoes 800 RMB