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why do shops like New Look and Peacocks smell like they do...

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MaryAnnSingleton Sun 13-Jul-08 20:30:21's a certain odour - is it me, or does anyone else think that /

Slouchy Sun 13-Jul-08 20:32:39

It's the smell of child labour....

or cheap floor polisher mixed with manmade shoes

MaryAnnSingleton Sun 13-Jul-08 20:33:49

mm, manmade material shoes and child labour, think you have it there Slouchy

DeeRiguer Sun 13-Jul-08 20:36:43

i kinda know what you mean
i barf at teh door and dont go in...

Lilymaid Sun 13-Jul-08 20:39:04

Starch? Something that is used to "finish" cheap cloth.

MaryAnnSingleton Sun 13-Jul-08 20:39:53

it's very distinictive,but I can find words to describe

Jewelsandgems Sun 13-Jul-08 20:51:03

I think it is the smell of 'cheapness'. Cheap clothes, cheap fabrics, cheap interior fittings mixed with cheap perfume.

MaryAnnSingleton Sun 13-Jul-08 20:52:58

what do other shops smell like, or don't they ? I can't think of what Gap smells of...obviously Lush smells of Lush from about 5 miles away and The Pier smells all scented candle-y

brimfull Sun 13-Jul-08 20:56:04

horrible chemical stuff
tis vile

worst shop is QS
or Ethel Austin.... bleurgh!

fishie Sun 13-Jul-08 20:56:48

it is despair

fizzbuzz Sun 13-Jul-08 20:57:41

A lot of it is cheap dye/ink which is used to print the colours on some of clothes.

I used to work in rag trade, and that smell is distinctive and not smelt in posher shops

SueW Sun 13-Jul-08 21:31:19

It's the dyes.

It's even worse in cheap shoe shops, sometimes it leaks out as you walk past. A bit like a Lush experience but more harsh chemical than overpowering smellies iyswim.

My BIL works in an upholstery company and he says when people choose cheap leather for their sofa, they have to work with the windows open to try to reduce the overpowering stench of chemicals. (And the leathers are thinner and split more easily just in case you are htining of buying cheap leather sofas)

BellaDonna79 Mon 14-Jul-08 20:05:20

Abercrombie and fitch smells gorgeous! All men's cologney

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