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Apart from the few outrageous outfits, French Connection suits all tastes and shapes. It is one of the few shops that suits my size 6 figure and big bust & bum!! It's always my first stop in town, as there's always something new. It's also great for shoes and accessories, and even body products. It's also got a fantastic range of menswear. If the 'FCUK' logo isn't to your taste, there's still plenty more to choose from. Every visit ends in a purchase - I love it!!
French Connection shops have been springing up all over the country for the past few years. Within the UK French Connection are known as FCUK (French Connection United Kingdom) and throughout the rest of Europe as French Connection. Over the past four years the success of FCUK has been phenomenal probably owing to a major advertising campaign which has caused some controversy. Despite the fact that some people disagree with using FCUK as a slogan on t-shirts and in advertising, it has in many ways been one of the keys to their success raising the profile of the company and causing a sudden appearance of stores across the country. To highlight their success their turnover figure for 1999 was £117.3m and has increased every year since then. In 2003 it was £241.0m which shows for itself how successful the company has become. French Connection is one half of French Connection Group Plc, the other core fashion brand is Nicole Farhi, a lesser known brand than FCUK. French Connection was launched in 1972 with the aim of producing clothes for fashionable, contemporary people. This review will concentrate on French Connection stores. From my personal experience it seems that you can hardly go to any part of London without coming across one of these shops and they have them in most major cities. There are also French Connection shops in other parts of the world too; North America, Middle east and Russia, Asia, Australasia, and the rest of Europe. In this country if there?s not an FCUK store near you there will usually be somewhere nearby that stocks the clothes. French Connection clothes are stocked in some department stores. I?ve found them in House of Fraser and you can also get old season stock cheaply from places like TK Maxx. It?s a good idea to look in places like this because they usually have some good bargains. *PRODUCTS* FCUK are best known for their range of designer clothes but they also make cosmetics, toiletries for men and women, shoes, sunglasses and most recently watches and homewear such as towels and bed linen. Some of the fragrances and other accessories are sold in the larger stores. The range of clothes has pretty much everything you could wish for; underwear, bikinis, trousers, jeans, tops, jumpers, jackets and coats, clothes for all occasions; formal and casual. They also sell bags and belts in most stores and in larger stores they have umbrellas, hats, scarves and gloves in winter and sunglasses in summer. *STYLE* I love FCUK?s style because it is actually practical and wearable yet still really stylish. They have casual clothes, smart clothes (suits etc) and evening clothes for men and women, recently they have also launched a range of childrenswear. Unlike some designer clothes they actually sell things that people want to wear and look good in. Their slogan t-shirts have proved to be very popular, most of them are a play on the word FCUK but there are others available. They also sell loads of other clothes and you will probably find something which you like. The clothes are also cut really well so they are really tailored on your body. This means they are a little more expensive than some shops but In my opinion it is worth paying more for something that looks good. On the downside of all of the FCUK stores that I have ever been I?ve never found clothes in anything larger than a 14, which I think is a l ittle unfair as the average size of a woman in Britain is 16. Mens sizes go from S-XL and womens from 8-14. *THE SHOP* I love the layout of FCUK stores because everything is laid out in rows and it is spaced out so you can see things from a distance unlike in some fashion stores such as H&M where so much stuff is crammed into the shop that you have to search through rails of clothes to find what you want and manoeuvre carefully though the store. This is no attack on H&M because I do love it for some things but I just prefer the ?neat and tidy? look that FCUK stores have. I always think the shops look so organised and the layout has obviously been well thought out. They usually keep formal and casualwear separately, which makes it easy to find what you are looking for. Another thing I love about FCUK shops are the changing rooms. Obviously these will vary depending on where you go but in all the shops I have been in, the changing rooms have been well lit and spacious. The shops are divided into menswear and womenswear, either on different floors or on different sides of the shop, if it is only one floor. It is easy enough to find what you want though and the staff will always help you. *THE SERVICE* I usually love the service I get in FCUK stores because the staff are really friendly and helpful but recently when I went to a store in London I had staff coming up to me every two minutes asking me if I needed any help. This became quite annoying after the third time but I guess they are just trying to be helpful and that?s probably what they?ve been trained to do. When you purchase an item they usually wrap it up in tissue paper for you which is a nice finishing touch and you bet a French Connection bag. Either a black one with French Connection written across it in white lettering, which looks really stylish, or one with the latest slogan on it. For example I recently got one with ?Apparently there are more important things in life than fashion. Yeah, right.? Written on it which I think is a great slogan. If you want to return anything you?ve brought instore you can do up to 14 days after you purchased it for a refund. This is relatively short compared to most stores which allow 28 days but at least they do have a refund policy. *QUALITY AND PRICE* Compared to other high street fashion stores FCUK is considered quite expensive. I recently brought a black cord jacket for £75 and similar ones are available from H&M for £29.99 but I think it was worth it. The clothes are always fitted really well and look great on as well as being stylish. Some things aren?t that much more expensive than other places either. I can?t fault their quality because nothing I?ve ever brought has worn badly. *POINTS TO NOTE* - Gift vouchers are available in £5, £10, £20, £50 and £100 denominations - You can buy things from the catalogue which you can pick up in store or order from the website. Post and packaging is £3.50 standard or £7.00 for express - The website is www.fcukbuymail.com where you can look at the latest seasons clothes and order (post and packaging is free if you order online). The worldwide site is frenchconnection.com - If you order online you have 21 days to return goods if they are unsuitable. - Some women?s sizes are sold in XS, S, M, L rather than normal sizes so h ere are what they are in normal sizes so you know. XS-8, S-10, M-12, L-14. Overall I love FCUK and will no doubt keep shopping there in the future. Thanks for reading!
I think the clothes from French Connection are really nice (apart from the t-shirts with the FCUK thing - can't be doing with that), and quite reasonably priced - £45 for a top which I recently purchased. The only thing that I find irritating are the sizes. Unless you're five foot seven and completely flat chested you might have a problem! I bought a pair of smart trousers from there a couple of months ago and they were really long - I had to pay £5 to have them taken up (I've not got a clue when it comes to sewing and that sort of thing!). I also find the sizes quite unpredictable - I tried a top on which was a size bigger than I normally get and I managed to get it passed my head and that was it - it wouldn't budge past my boobs!! I'm not particularly big chested but I don't think I'd have got half a boob into it!! I did eventually manage to get a top that I could get into - and it was my normal size too! Anyway, the clothes that I have managed to get into are really good quality, wash really nice, and I would certainly recommend them.
"Phew" you say, "Finally a French Connection opinion that doesn't have a title exploiting that marketing campaign that clothed a nation of mid-20's men with biceps to burn (or so some of them thought) but which also made us chuckle, well for the first 5 mins anyway)." Yup you gotta give it to French Connection their FCUK items where THE thing to be seen in back in '99 *oozes designery cheeziness* and they even made us chuckle with catchphrases such as the inevitable "FCUK off". Nowadays the FCUK t-shirts (in their trendy and minimalist black and white) can still be seen and still look pretty cool, but French Connection are putting more effort into their original and subtle lines. You can always trust FC (as I will now refer to them) to lead the way of high street fashion. They always keep up with the lastest trends and you can always rely on them to set you up for the perfect smart-cas appearance. They don't always have the largest of shops and hugest lines but branches are popping up all over the place which is great as I no longer have to travel to the London boutiques (myself and my beautiful wife have always been FC guys and gals) and I normally don't have a problem finding something I like! Two things I have to commend them on are their size ranges and cuts! My wife is rather short and slim although she's got lovely curvacious hips. She sometimes has problems finding clothes that fit her perfectly until we found the wonders of FC!!! Normally she takes a 10 but can slip into their soemtimes generous size 8 (sometimes FC mess around with their sizing and sometimes their 10's are small and their 8's are huge!) and well the cut on their jeans is simple orgasmic in the botty department!! However quality comes at a cost and it's not uncommon to see a pair of jeans. albeit gorgeous jeans, in their shops with a price tag over £100 (however they do have soem generous sales!). But hey the clothes are long lasting and cool! So if after chrimbo you gotta bit of cash to flash or want to get someone something special pay FC a trip!
There. The entire edifice of a very ordinary clothing shop brought down to size by refusing to buy (I use the word advisedly) into a tittering, seaside-postcard mentality. Never being a fully-paid up member of the fashionista (though comments that I dress like it was the end of the world ten minutes ago are not helpful) I am somewhat irritated by the affectations of the clothing and footwear industry in their marketing efforts. Benetton step forward, with your crass human interest advertising with its facile moralising all for the sake of selling dyed jumpers at hyped-up prices. Nike, Reebok et al suggesting that Midas-like, mere possession of $100 trainers knocked out for $2.50 in the sweatshops of SE Asia will transform its unhealthy, overweight purchasers into a sporting legend with the attendant chimeric fame and credibility. (Help me here St Naomi of Klein). Rant aside, if the kudos and edgy quality of French Connection boils down to the reinvention of its logo (I guess it might have worked for Kentucky Fried Chicken but KFC has just a few too many vowels missing to even begin to be risque) and there is little evidence to suggest otherwise, then who are the sad FCUKs - them or us. Twenty-five years ago, one of The Stranglers wore a rather fetching Ford logo t-shirt with the Henry's company name replaced with 'Fuck' - same typography, different sentiment. Have we not moved on from those days? Keep polite society and its repressive attitudes if you will but please don't diminish them to the level of a marketing exercise. CNUT burger, anyone?
French Connection were not so well known a few years ago as they are now. Their rise up to one of the worlds most well known fashion brands is fully built up on FCUK. Yes, risqué isn’t it. French Connection always made good clothes and were a top fashion brand but they didn’t have the raw street cred of brands such as Ben Sherman and weren’t as credible as Ralph Lauren. Following a brainchild of some market guru and a very controversial marketing campaign French Connection, or French Connection UK as they like to be called now have shot straight to the top of desirable fashion brands. FCUK is now the brand name and for obvious reasons. The word looks strikingly similar to the ahem curse, and this is not incidental just in case you innocent pure people out there thought there must be a mistake. This is very much intentional. A superb marketing gimmick this. To follow on the same tack, the letters FCUK have been used to coin many a risqué and witty one line sentence. These are used on T-shirts much like another brand would stick their name on. This is just a bit different that is all. Ok, so some people may find the slogans offensive in the extreme but this is fashion, its meant to be controversial and attention catching. People don’t go about with a T-shirt sporting the words “Hello, I hope you are having a nice day, weather’s good isn’t it, Bye Bye” for a reason. Fashion is a way of making yourself be noticed, not to blend into the crowd. Until the other day I had never been tempted to buy a FCUK item of clothing simply because it didn’t appeal to me. I feel that you can be fashionable by creating your own image rather than being swayed by a craze. However the other day I was in a black move and say a plain white T-Shirt with the words FCUK IT emblazoned across the middle. This summed up my mood perfectly so I bought it. The quality of FCUK clo thing is good and is generally nice looking except for a particular ghastly t-shirt I saw with a picture of a burger with the words BIG FCUK. This T-Shirt was vile but I bet people bought it because of the brand. I say to you, don’t be swayed but merely buy what you like, if this happened to appeal to you then go for it.
French Connection were not so well known a few years ago as they are now. Their rise up to one of the worlds most well known fashion brands is fully built up on FCUK. Yes, risqué isn’t it. French Connection always made good clothes and were a top fashion brand but they didn’t have the raw street cred of brands such as Ben Sherman and weren’t as credible as Ralph Lauren. Following a brainchild of some market guru and a very controversial marketing campaign French Connection, or French Connection UK as they like to be called now have shot straight to the top of desirable fashion brands. FCUK is now the brand name and for obvious reasons. The word looks strikingly similar to the ahem curse, and this is not incidental just in case you innocent pure people out there thought there must be a mistake. This is very much intentional. A superb marketing gimmick this. To follow on the same tack, the letters FCUK have been used to coin many a risqué and witty one line sentence. These are used on T-shirts much like another brand would stick their name on. This is just a bit different that is all. Ok, so some people may find the slogans offensive in the extreme but this is fashion, its meant to be controversial and attention catching. People don’t go about with a T-shirt sporting the words “Hello, I hope you are having a nice day, weather’s good isn’t it, Bye Bye” for a reason. Fashion is a way of making yourself be noticed, not to blend into the crowd. Until the other day I had never been tempted to buy a FCUK item of clothing simply because it didn’t appeal to me. I feel that you can be fashionable by creating your own image rather than being swayed by a craze. However the other day I was in a black move and say a plain white T-Shirt with the words FCUK IT emblazoned across the middle. This summed up my mood perfectly so I bought it. The quality of FCUK clothing is good and is generally nice looking except for a particular ghastly t-shirt I saw with a picture of a burger with the words BIG FCUK. This T-Shirt was vile but I bet people bought it because of the brand. I say to you, don’t be swayed but merely buy what you like, if this happened to appeal to you then go for it.
Ah - well the slogan obviously works as it's been used in most of the opinions. Personally, I love some of the French Connection stuff until you wash it. I have a number of their T-shirts and they always seem to be good quality in the shop. The biggest problem is that after one or two washes their t-shirts just lose their shape totally, what was once a lovely figure hugging T-shirt is now a shapeless sack of cloth. This is a real shame because I really like some of their designs (nothing with fcuk on though, tacky tacky tacky!) but the quality is just not there!
I am a huge fan of FCUK, not only for their individual styles including many skirts with intricate embrodiery and beading on but also for their divine cosmetics range formulated by skincare guru Jo Malone. I admit that many of the clothes are fairly expensive you should expect to pay approx. £80.00 for a mid length skirt and about £65.00 for a pair of jeans but all of the clothes are made really well and last. The nice thing about FCUK is that although the clothes are trendy and fashionable they don't go so far that next season you wouldn't be able to wear them again so in that sense they are good value for money. This shop also does great black work suits if you are ever on the search for the elusive suit that always looks good with everything. Also from a man's point of view (OK my boyfriend) then he thinks the clothes are OK but there's not as good a selection for men and a lot of the trousers tend to be really baggy with lots of zips and things - still they do do nice sweatshirts.
This shop has gorgeous clothing from FCUK. It's very expensive though and if you're buying from here you must be either wanting to treat yourself, wanting a good quality item of clothing or just damn rich.It has it's own makeup range, clothes, and others. They have branches around the country. The shop are well known but it's for the rich and wealthy citizens. I like their tops though they are only around £25. If you want to show off your money shop here it's not all expensive.
I have been a devotee of french connection for what seems like years. I can remember a pair of platofrm shoes I got there about 7 years ago and I know they are still at the bottom of my wardrobe and I reckon I might bring them out again this summer! That's the thing with good old fcuk (annoying slogan aside) - the clothes are classic. I must say that the sizes just fit me perfectly (read my complaints on Earl Jeans!!!) and I have fantastic suits for work from the jersey range, gorgeous girly skirts and dresses for going out and super comfy casual stuff. I tend to avoid wearing clothes which only have a brand name on the fron of a t - shirt. A bit unimaginative really. That would be my only complaint about the recent ranges - I don';t want to advertise for them. Having said that - it's definitely my home from home.
I hate it when people submit themselves to becomming a walking advertisement for a company. They pay to be a corporate prostitute. I know this sounds a bit extreme, but many of my friends have got themselves into serious debt buying these stupid FCUK t-shirts. The slogans are fun I admit that. But the t-shirts are so over priced, and so many people have them. The originality has gone. Individuals have jumped on the commercial bandwagon and payed £25 to do so. Surely French Connection should be paying them.The t-shirts aren't very flattering, the necks are too high, they look like they could strangle the wearer. When you see so many people wearing them the lose the original coolness that they had managed to obtain. My friends love them, they try to persuade me to buy one. I reply with a comment about how now that I am 22 I don't need to conform with the cool kids. I like slogan t-shirts, I desperately want a You are the weakest link, goodbye t-shirt. You could say that I would be advertising the programme. But I wouldn't pay more than £10 for one. The prices that french connection charge are extaushionate. I am sorry for ranting but I really feel that french connection are laughing at us. They are making so much money because of such a simple marketing ad campaign. You are probably thinking that I am jealous and envious of their success, well I am. who wouldn't be. I personally think that French Connection are the weakest link, bye good.
There's something about this shop that niggles me. I have valid reasons for my dislike of it too - just coming to those - but there's an extra something annoying that I can't put my finger on. I think maybe it's that it has no real identity apart from the rearranged swearword thing. Anyway... The first thing I don't like about French Connection is their complete lack of originality. It is rare to see anything in there that is not white, grey or black (ooh, or beige. Or navy). If they were good quality 'key wardrobe pieces' then fair enough, but they are overpriced versions of things you can buy in the Top Shop basics section - plain office-type tops at £20-30 for example is too much (for as long as TS are selling them at £10 anyway). The second thing that bugs me is that ad campaign. It was a good idea to start with and I really mean that (it turned the company's fortune around), but every other 15 year-old on the street now is wearing a 'fcuk me' tee-shirt. Okay, when you're an adolescent it's almost excusable, but on twenty-somethings? If you find that kind of thing funny there's always the Benny Hill Show.
Well it's yet another designer experementing. If you've heard of the make FCUK you'll know it stands for French Connection United Kingdom and you'll be able to figure out how they've tried to make it noticed. I do have a black t-shirt and in white writting it does have FCUK printed in large writting. I didn't buy this t-shirt to try to look cool but for the reason that it is very comfertable and was on sale. I do a lot of designer shopping and do think that this make is worth buying and so do a lot of people. We all may have seen this make mostly worn a lot by the famous Lennox Lewis and I'm sure we have the same reason for liking this make after all he has nothing to boast about he's the biggest they come he hasn't a reason to wear the clothes and act cool.
Yeh weak joke I know, but whatever. Everyone has a go at fcuk because its a bit of a funny name and everybody who looks at your clothes go 'Oh its spelt wrong!!!' Funny I don't think so. Anyway back to the subject the clothes are class, it caters for both sexes (appropriate classification). The clothes are trendy and comfortable and above all they look great. There are outlets all over the UK numerous ones in London, which are huge. One of the main problems however is that the clothes are very expensive, but if you go into a sale you'll get a good deal. I went up to London they had some t-shirts reduced to £15 and some shirts to £30 so not bad. French Connection cater for the casual and smart look and have a very particular style. They sell trousers, shoes, shirts, sweatshirts, polo necks, socks, belts, blouses, jeans, dresses, t-shirts. Just to mention a few. I recommend this brand to all trendy people and those who want comfortable clothes. However they are expensive so don't go without a full wallet!!!