Hi, IMHO, I would drop shop=boutique because it is one of the most confusing tag, especially in French-speaking contexts.
Basically in French from France, boutique is a generic word meaning shop. More than what it sells, it designates the place, generally not very large ("magasin" would then more used). A French butcher tells to his/her family after the breakfast: "Have a good day everyonem, I will open the boutique now". We have an expression for "boutique de" (literally shop of) something, that can be used for clothes from which I guess derivates the shop=boutique concept. Is it only in the Anglo-sphere that the word boutique means this or also in other cultural contexts? Eg in Brazil as far as I know people do not use boutique, while they are quite fond of French words (like maison meaning house) for shops that want to be considered as "chique". In French-speaking African countries, this generic word is massively used for the most generic shop by far: a small convenience store, selling food and non food items all over the walls, up to the ceiling, where you ask at a desk what you want. This makes it a kind of kiosk, even if many are not separate shops but taking one part of the basement of a building. And they are not chic at all. And they are very, very numerous: in a large city you find one every 50 or 100 meters. For sure there are more African boutiques in the world than the boutiques of hand-made fashion clothes. Of course, new African contributors in these countries logically use shop=boutique for their own cultural reality so some streets in Africa are full of false-cognates. So IMHO I would tag these fashionable shop the most generic way as possible, not reflecting only one specific cultural context and avoiding using boutique. I think a subtag to differentiate ready-to-wear and hand-made would fit. What do you think? Sincerely, Severin Date: Mon, 28 Aug 2017 14:42:38 +1000 > From: Graeme Fitzpatrick <graemefi...@gmail.com> > To: "Tag discussion, strategy and related tools" > <firstname.lastname@example.org> > Subject: Re: [Tagging] shop=fashion > Message-ID: > <CAP4zaXr9B_5p0FwcK5w-32XkwPsuV19oH-KxSOHygUE7Y- > x...@mail.gmail.com> > Content-Type: text/plain; charset="utf-8" > > Hi > > Just consulted with an authority in these matters - my wife! :-) > > Her take: > > shop=clothes is chain stores (ie same shop in multiple shopping centres / > towns) aimed at lower-middle end of the market > > shop=fashion is middle - higher end, but still chain stores > > shop=boutique is "one-off" shops eg selling hand-made rather than > mass-produced clothes; niche / speciality items etc > > Hope that helps? > > > Thanks > > Graeme > > >
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