Fashion is just like seasons – always changing. The fashion industry has been evolving continuously for a long time now. Brands that were popular and had the highest tag once, are nowhere in competition now. All thanks to the evolving technology and human taste. But there still remain some brands that were able to maintain their monopoly in the market and now are on the top. Following is list of the top 10 luxury fashion brands of the world.
10. Manolo Blahnik
Manolo Blahnik is a Spanish fashion designer and founder of the self named, high-end shoe brand. The specialty of this brand is Blahnik who still is the sole designer to every shoe created under the label. Blahnik learned the skill of shoe-making after getting inspired from his mother who was always dissatisfied of the shoes from their hometown. So she used to make her own after studying the fashion trends, and interpreted it on her clothing.
At that time, revolutionary interpretations regarding footwear were spiraling across the fashion industry. With the advancement in technology, he decided to extensively experiment with different materials and equipment. This led Manolo Blahnik to be widely recognized as a brand. He first started designing men’s footwear but later he realized that men’s shoes design limited his imagination and lacked the element of fashion. So he resolved to extend his business in women’s footwear where he could also show his creativity.
He received many awards for his outstanding performance in making shoes. With wonderful designs that you could ever imagine, Manolo Blahnik fulfills your every footwear fantasy. Seasonal variations and luxury designs are some of the features of this brand. The range of its products starts from $836.
9. Tiffany & Co.
Tiffany & Co. is an American multinational jewelry and silverware corporation, headquartered in NYC. The company was initially engaged in stationary items and fancy goods business. But later, it widened the areas of its operation by engaging in selling jewelry, stationery, fragrances, leather goods, as well as personal accessories.
Soon Tiffany & Co. marketed over the prices by only accepting cash, which was against the social norms of that time. This way, it forestall any haggling over prices and opened its stores in major cities. In 1867, the company also won award for excellence in silverware for providing the Union Army with swords, flags and surgical implements. Its first mail order catalog known as “Blue Book” was published in 1845 in US. After this, the company continued using this catalog as its advertisement strategy. The Tiffany catalog is one of the first catalogs to be printed in full color.
The brand is recognized for its luxury items, especially for its rare and magnificent diamond jewelry. It is the favorite stop for people seeking the best and the rarest. Starting range of its products is $25.
Prada is an Italian fashion brand that specializes in luxury goods such as leather accessories, perfumes, shoes, hats and luggage. The brand is loved for its wide range of clothes, attracting young fashion lovers. It is one of the world’s most accessible fashion brands having its outlets all around the world.
The company was started in the year 1913 by Maria Prada and his brother Martino. It initially sold leather goods and imported English trunks and handbags. Mario’s granddaughter Miuccia Prada harbored interest in the business and took it over in 1978. She began making waterproof bags and discontinued importing English goods and exchange the existing luggage. She implemented her creativity in the company’s designs and released nylon totes, shoes and classic handbags. It initially did not made much sales due to lack of advertisement and high-prices, but the lines went on to become her first commercial hit.
The brand’s popularity skyrocketed when the fashion world took notice of its clean lines, opulent fabrics and basic colors. Today, the brand is renowned for its simple, distinguished and comfortable designs. The range of its products starts from $125.
7. Dolce & Gabbana
The Italian luxury fashion house was founded in the year 1985, by designers Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana. Domenico Dolce was a college dropout, who wanted to work in the fashion industry. His dream was to work for Giorgio Armani but he ended up starting his own clothing line with his partner Stefano Gabbana.
Though Dolce did not get to work for Armani, but he found a job as an assistant to a designer named Giorgio Correggiari. He met Gabbana there and both ended up as a couple soon. Dolce taught him how to sketch and the basics of tailoring. Their first collection was shown in the year 1985, labeled Real Women. Sales of their first collection were pretty much disappointing but their fourth collection was able to make a significant impact on the fashion market.
They established themselves as a company and started designing swimming costumes and launched their own lingerie and beachwear line. In 1992, they presented their first men’s collection and perfume. The brand is known for its unique style and look. Dolce & Gabbana is basically the symbol of person’s status. It specializes in luxury items and classic trends like eye wear, clothes, bags and footwear. They made the stars look like stars for years. Range of its products begins from $160.
Gucci, the Italian fashion and leather goods house was founded in 1921 in Florence, by the designer Guccio Gucci. At a very young age only, Guccio Gucci was very much impressed with the luxurious luggage he saw urbane guests bring with them. Taking an inspiration from this, he established his own shop in 1920 that sold fine leather goods with classic styling. Together with his three sons, Guccio expanded the company’s horizons in Milan, Florence, Rome and New York.
Many film stars and jet-set travelers to Italy brought their glamour to Florence, turning Gucci’s merchandise into international status symbol. Movie stars around the world, posed in Gucci’s clothing, accessories, and footwear for lifestyle magazines, contributing to the company’s growing reputation. The company’s distinctive lines made its products among the most frequently copied in the world.
Today it stands at No. 4 in the list of best Italian fashion brands. Gucci is known as one of the world’s most sophisticated brands with no competitors in the market and worth nearly $8 billion. With its recent collaboration with Christie’s auction house, Gucci now has a firm grasp on this niche vintage area of the market. Its product range starts from $82.
Founded in the year 1975 by Giorgio Armani and Sergio Galeotti Armani, it is the world’s fastest growing fashion brand. Armani is socialites preference and celebrities favorite as it provides them class. Its products has numerous sub-labels, that has given them a distinct market share. Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani, Armani Jeans, Armani Hotels, etc utilizes the association of Armani name with high-fashion, benefiting from its reputation in the fashion industry.
Giorgio Armani specializes in men and women high-end ready-to-wear, accessories, clothing, watches, etc. The company has now stopped using animal fur in all its collections citing the availability of various alternatives. Emporio Armani is the second brand of Armani family (sub-label of Georgio Armani) specializing in ready-to-wears and runaway collections, designed by Giorgio Armani himself. The prime thing about Armani collections is that it focuses on modern traits and trends, thus taking the spotlight at every Milan Fashion Week.
Hollywood pop singer Rihanna and tennis athlete Rafael Nadal are the recent face and body of Emporio Armani. The International Italian brand covers a wide range of products. It is the only brand that has been extensively sold out throughout the world and earned huge name. The company is now concentrating on a new range aimed at kids. Starting price of its products is $115,00.
Chanel is a French company founded in 1909 by late Gabrielle CoCo Chanel. The high fashion house specializes in ready-to-wear clothes, luxury goods, fashion accessories and haute couture. It all started when late Coco opened a millinery shop to sell hats which she herself designed, and thus earned a living. In 1913, she befriended Arthus Boy Capel, who financed her first independent millinery shop. By the WWI Chanel had opened a large dress shop in Paris; selling flannel blazers, straight-line skirts of linen, sailor blouses, beaded dresses, long sweaters made of jersey fabric and women suits.
Soon Chanel became an empire selling perfumes and garments beyond Europe and France. She continued to expand in the United States and by December 2002, operated 25 U.S. boutiques. Coco Chanel revolutionized the fashion industry with her vision and left her mark. The house of Chanel is known for its ”little black dress”, “the Chanel Suit” and its “perfume No.5 de Chanel”.
Chanel’s use of jersey fabric produced garments that were comfortable and affordable. Coco Chanel once told a magazine that ‘Simplicity is the key to elegance’. The brand is celebrity’s favorite and its range starts from $110.37.
3. Louis Vuitton
Founded in the year 1854, Louis Vuitton is a French fashion house specializing in luxury trunks and leather goods, with famous LV logo. The story of its empire begins from when Vuitton observed that the HJ Cave Osilite trunk could be easily stacked. To eradicate this problem, he introduced his flat-bottom trunks with Trianon canvas which were made air-tight and light weight. Before the introduction of Vuitton’s trunks, rounded-top trunks were used and could not be stacked. Vuitton’s gray Trianon canvas flat trunk allowed to stack ease for voyages. This provided the brand a unique image in the fashion market.
Its first store was opened in London, on Oxford street. To protect the company against any duplication, Vuitton changed the Trianon design to the beige and brown stripes. Vuitton brand and the LV monogram are one of the world’s most valuable brands.
For six years straight, the brand was labeled world’s 19th most valuable luxury brand. It specializes in shoes, watches, jewelry, books, accessories, and sunglasses. It is one of the world’s leading International fashion houses, operating through small boutiques in high department stores. The range of its products starts from $105.
The French luxury goods company Dior, was founded in 1946 by the eponymous designer Christian Dior. In its early business days, the brand operated in a private house, backed by wealthy businessman Marcel Boussac. Marcel had allowed Dior to work for Philippe et Gaston. But Dior refused, wishing to make a fresh start under his own name. He was then allowed an unusual great part in his namesake label by Boussac and it also negotiated him a pleasant salary.
He launched his first fashion collection in 1947 in the salons of the company’s headquarters. The collection was a hit. It went down in the fashion history as ‘The New Look.” It became extremely popular. Its full-skirted silhouette influenced other fashion designers. This was the beginning of Dior empire. Dior then gained a number of prominent clients from Hollywood and the European aristocracy, and Paris gained its position as the capital of the fashion world.The brand met with a lot of controversies in that era. It was first named
The brand also met with a lot of controversies in that era because of its name. It was first named Corolle, which was then changed to New Look and then finally Dior. It operates in men and children’s wear division. Today the company designs leather goods, footwear, jewelry, timepieces, make-up, fragrances and skin care products. Dior’s product range starts from $15. Its brand ambassador is Mila Kunis.
Burberry is a British luxury fashion house, distributing clothing and fashion accessories and fragrances. The brand is widely renowned for its trench coats, designed by founder Thomas Burberry. It was established originally focusing on the development of outdoor attire, but now it has moved on to high-fashion market, developing many fashion accessories and pattern-based scarves.
The brand was originally a family-controlled company, started by Thomas when he was just 21-yars-old. Its first shop was opened in Haymarket, London in 1891. In the year 1879, Burberry introduced gabardine, a hardwearing, water-resistant in which the yarn is waterproof before weaving. Soon the company was popular among commoners and Hollywood for its quality. To meet the needs of military personnel, trench coats were introduced. Soon it became popular among civilians too.
The company is known for its high-end quality bags, shoes, and watches, with operations in over 50 countries. The fashion house has dressed many notable athletes, actors, and musicians. Burberry won a number of prestigious Beauty awards. Its product range begins from $220.
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