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« Reply #1880 on: June 05, 2010 10:46:56 PM »

Kind of perverted/risque.  If it were a brick and mortar store, I'd avoid it.  (Yes, it does sound like a porn store/fetish wear.)

It also has the negative racist connotations for it.

I'd say it is a good name for making stuff for the leather chaps crowd, but nothing else.  Sorry....
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« Reply #1881 on: June 05, 2010 11:16:33 PM »

i like the name. it's something creative and different, and well if you're selling your own designs isn't that what you'd want?! when someone has their own 'business' the name they give it should always have a reason. i think your reasoning is wonderful and personal, it shows you're putting your heart into the business.

no matter what you name you choose, some people will love it, and some just plain won't. as long as you love it is all that matters. besides, it's your business after all!
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« Reply #1882 on: June 06, 2010 04:28:17 PM »

I like your story, however I don't think that the name is going to be a winner for you.
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« Reply #1883 on: June 07, 2010 01:02:12 PM »

The story is cute but you have to remember that someone has to get past the name before ever reading the story. Odd names can sometimes have great power - Purple, Pink and Orange; Google and Bing quickly come to mind.

But, keep in mind having a non-traditional name will make it harder to brand yourself. My first thought with Black Banana was black T-Shirts - have no idea where that came from, it was just the first visual that came to mind.

I would avoid naming a business with any of the colors associated with a race. Sad commentary on our society but it's just not worth it.
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« Reply #1884 on: June 07, 2010 01:26:04 PM »

Hmmm....I just spent some time trying to think of alternative ways to put it that would sound less pervy. Unfortunately they got worse and worse until I was giggling madly in my cubicle! (Rotten Fruit, Bad Banana, Naughty Banana, Soft banana, Bad Bunch...). Maybe using a non-English phrase would de-perv it, at least for English speaking shoppers? Banane Noir? Just make sure it isn't a local expression of some sort! Something like One Bad Apple could be cute, too, but I bet someone has used that already. It's cute, but it's clearly going to a bit edgy, so I guess it depends on how you feel about that in the end. Also, if you incorporate the name into a super-cute logo that is obviously not pervy, maybe that would help?
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« Reply #1885 on: June 10, 2010 02:22:36 AM »

Hmmm....I just spent some time trying to think of alternative ways to put it that would sound less pervy. Unfortunately they got worse and worse until I was giggling madly in my cubicle! (Rotten Fruit, Bad Banana, Naughty Banana, Soft banana, Bad Bunch...). Maybe using a non-English phrase would de-perv it, at least for English speaking shoppers? Banane Noir? Just make sure it isn't a local expression of some sort! Something like One Bad Apple could be cute, too, but I bet someone has used that already. It's cute, but it's clearly going to a bit edgy, so I guess it depends on how you feel about that in the end. Also, if you incorporate the name into a super-cute logo that is obviously not pervy, maybe that would help?

What about One Bad Banana, for that matter?

The Black Banana...be prepared to explain it, is all *smiles*

My first thought pertained to race, actually. And then, like others, I went the route of the perv.

However, you can go the route of the perv with just about anything. One of the maybe three episodes of "Friends" that I ever watched involved Joey explaining how ANYTHING can be made sexual by the way it's said. "Grandma's Chicken Salad". (Go ahead to 2:30). Someone else on Craftster was starting a company called (I believe) the Pink Olive...which I immediately sexualized (awkwardly, granted) in my silly head.

Really, it's about what makes you happy. 

I did think of the 'pervy' meaning after about 5 minutes but i think it will work in your favour. After hearing that, most people would actually be intregiued as to what you are selling. Even if they doubt it at first, they won't be able to resist a quick peek when no one else is around.

I like it though, it sounds very contemporary and to me denotes a very funky and trendy clothes range. It's also very personal to you so you're less likely to change your mind after a few months.

I echo these sentiments. I don't think it will reflect poorly at all...and hey, it's a cute story for the profile/"about me"!

Have fun with it!
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« Reply #1886 on: June 15, 2010 12:21:17 PM »

Hmm! My initial idea was more along the lines of racial indications (we all know "Black" but "Banana" would also mean an Asian person who cannot speak their own language, or has lost their heritage). I think the Black Banana is a unique name and you have a good story to use with it but in the long run, I think you'd be cutting off a big group of consumers from buying from you. My two cents!

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« Reply #1887 on: June 15, 2010 03:35:51 PM »

Hey, what about The Spotted Banana?
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« Reply #1888 on: June 16, 2010 05:59:40 AM »

I liked it so much I was inspired!




I guess I have a pervy mind too, cause I giggled and imagined the phallic reference. We had a small wild dance club here in an urban part of town that was named the Black Banana, and it was a crazy place that got raided by the police a few times lol.  It is long gone but we still giggle when we drive by the place it used to be.

Go with it! I think it's a great name. Distinctive, fun, unique and just a little bit naughty for us pervs.  Grin
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