The Relationship between Brand Personality and Brand Preference of Casual Apparel Brands - Focusing on the University Students in Korea -

캐주얼 의류 브랜드들의 브랜드 개성과 브랜드 선호도 간의 관계 - 국내 대학생들을 중심으로 -

Lee, Jung-Mi;Ahn, Hyung Jun

  • Received : 2015.11.05
  • Accepted : 2016.02.25
  • Published : 2016.04.30


Brand personality is the human-like traits of brands that consumers can use to identify brands. Despite the importance of brand personality, there has been limited research about it in Korea recently, especially for casual apparel brands. Considering the changes in lifestyle and the increasing popularity of leasure activities in Korea, it is important to analyze the brand personality of casual brands for understanding Korean consumers. This study aimed to analyze the brand personalities of eight well-known casual brands in Korea, and to investigate the relationship between the brand personalities and brand preference. Specifically, this study questioned whether the similarity in brand personalities leads to similar patterns of preference for the brands. The eight brands were carefully selected so that they can well represent the diversity in the dimensions of perceived brand personality, while also being well-known to the participants of the survey. Factor analysis of the data from the survey of Korean university students yielded five factors of brand personality: liveliness, high class, ordinariness, rationality, and reliability. The eight brands showed significant difference across the five factors. Multidimensional scaling analyses of the brands were conducted based on the similarity in brand personality and brand preference respectively. The result showed significant difference in the relative distribution of the eight brands in the two-dimensional space of the analyses.


brand;brand personality;brand preference;fashion brand;purchase


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