‘Dress shabbily and they remember the dress, dress impeccably, and they remember the woman.’ – Coco Chanel. Fashion industry is one of the fastest emerging industries. Fashion has become the most powerful art. It lets people express themselves without having to speak. Style defines a person, it is a personal expression of who you are, and every time you dress, you are asserting yourself. Fashion allows a person to create their own unique style. Each brand represents certain subtleness, certain differences. All brands have their loyal buyers, who feel proud to adorn themselves in their favourite brands and hence letting the brands become their identity. With the competition among brands, fashion is easily accessible to everyone. However, there are few brands that attract customers who do not hesitate to pay a little more for their exquisite craftsmanship. These are the brands that are mostly seen on red carpets and glamorous parties. Here is the list of 10 high end luxury clothing brands from around the world.
Giorgio Armani is an Italian fashion house founded by Giorgio Armani in the year 1975. It manufactures and designs haute couture, ready to wear, leather goods, shoes, watches, jewellery, accessories, eyewear, cosmetics and home interiors. It is one of the fastest growing fashion brand and has a high end label. Its products are only found in Giorgio Armani boutiques, special clothiers and high end department stores. It has many fashion lines specializing in different products. Emporio Armani features trendy ready to wear, runway clothes that that focus on modern traits. Emporio Armani boutiques can be found in many cities, all over the world. Armani jeans features denim related clothing that are based on designs by Giorgio Armani in 1981. The line does not feature Giorgio Armani’s signature simplicity as the colours that can be found are diverse. Armani Collezioni is more expensive than Armani jeans and Armani exchange. The line features business style made especially for old age group. The products are sold in high end department stores like Barneys New York, David Jones, Harvey Nichols, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Armani Exchange is more an accessible, fashion lifestyle product line. It is known for its provocative ad campaigns. The designs are inspired by street chic culture. Armani junior is the line for kids clothing. And Armani/casa is a home collection that manufactures furniture, lamps, linens, dining essentials etc. Armani cosmetics feature make up, skin care, perfumes and colognes.
Gianna Versace was one of the most innovative fashion designers of the 20th century. The Italian fashion company was founded in the year 1978 by Gianna Versace. Its headquarters are located at Milan, Italy. It specializes in textile and apparel. Versace startled the fashion world by making unique designs using materials like metal, plastic, leather. The ‘Green Versace Dress’ worn by Jennifer Lopez in the year 2000 gained a lot of media attention. She wore it in 42nd Annual Grammy Awards and was voted as the ‘fifth most iconic dress of all time’. Versace lines descend to Istante Versace, Versace Jeans couture, Versace sports, Versatile, Versace classic 2, Young Versace and Home Signature. Versace has more than 300 boutiques and 2000 stores all over the world.
Burberry is a British luxury fashion house that retails in clothing, fashion accessories, fragrance, sunglasses and cosmetics. Its headquarters are at London, England. The brand was founded 159 years ago, in the year 1856 by Thomas Burberry. Its trademark is the tartan pattern that can be seen on most of its products. It is especially famous for its trench coat originally designed by Thomas Burberry. It has three sub brands. Burberry London distributes the tailored collection, typically that a person wears on weekdays for work. Burberry Prosum is the most fashionable collection. It inspires runway shows and provides design inspiration for the brand. Burberry Brit is the most casual collection; it features clothes that are typically worn on weekends. The brand has more than 500 stores over 50 countries. In 2014, Burberry was ranked 73rd Interbrand’s ‘Best Global Brands’ report. It was claimed to be among the world’s most valuable brands.
Dolce&Gabbana is an Italian luxury fashion house. It was founded in the year 1985 in Legnano by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. Its headquarters are situated in Milan, Italy. Their products include clothing, footwear, sunglasses, handbags, watches, perfumes and cosmetics. In 1980, the two aspiring designers worked in the same fashion house in Milan. They met each other and with the course of time, they established a designer consultancy in 1982. Today, they stand together as ‘Dolce&Gabbana’. Their style is well renowned for its formal and timeless designs. Their designs are accustomed to long term trends and seasonal changes as well.
5. Christian Dior
Commonly known as Dior, the Christian Dior is a French luxury fashion company. The brand was founded on 16 December 1946 by Christian Dior (21 Jan 1905-23). Its headquarters are situated at 30, Avenue, Montaigne Paris, France. It specializes in apparel and footwear. The company sells ready to wear leather goods, fashion accessories footwear, jewellery, timepieces, fragrance, make up and skin care products. The tradition of Haute Couture was given by Christian Dior. Its products largely circle around women but it also operated Dior Homme for men. Its line, Baby Dior retails products for children. The products are sold through retail stores and its online site dior.com.
Every girl swears by the wise words of Coco Chanel, the founder of Chanel. Her original name was Gabrielle but was known by her nickname Coco from her time as a chanteuse. It is French privately held company. Its headquarters are located in Paris, France. The brand retails in Haute couture, ready to wear, perfume, jewellery, accessories. Her designs were famous for the simple yet elegant style that replaced the over designed clothes of the 19th century. The brand was personified by actresses like Nicole Kidman, Catherine Deneuve, Carole Bouquet, Audrey Hepburn, Anna Mouglais and Marilyn Monroe. The brand is well known for its ‘little black dress’, the Perfume No. 5 de Chanel and Chanel suit. There are 310 Chanel boutiques all over the world. There are 94 in Asia, 70 in Europe, 10 in Middle East, 128 in North America and 2 in South America, 6 in Oceania. The Chanel products are mostly found in high streets, department stores, shopping districts and inside airports.
Valentine was founded in 1960 in Rome, Italy by Valentino Garavani. Its is an Italian fashion company and its headquarters are located in Milan, Italy. The company retails in products like clothing, footwear, glasses, perfumes, watches and accessories. The Valentino dresses are dreamy, romantic and have a youthful essence and are impeccably made. The designer believes that the dress should have little details and notes. He focuses on most perfect bias cut. The designs emit the essence of French culture through its breathtakingly beautiful French embroidery and impeccable taste. The products are made from Italian fabrics, workmanship and glamour. It has dressed great women like Jacqueline Kennedy Onnasis, Audrey Hepburn, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Anitson, Naomi Watts, Lindsay Lohan and Jennifer Lopez.
8. Louis Vuitton
Louis Vuitton is a French fashion house founded in 1854 by Louis Vuitton who specialized in box makers and packers. The brand features products like luxury trunks, ready to wear, shoes, watches, jewellery, accessories, sunglasses and books. The headquarters can be found in Paris, France. The company sells its products through stand alone boutiques, high end department stores and e-commerce section of its website. Its products are popular for the label’s monogram that dictates all over them. Louis Vuitton was named the most valuable luxury brands for consecutive 6 years (2006-12). According to the Millward Brown 2010 study, it is the most valuable brand.
Founded in 1921 in Florence by Guccio Gucci, it is an Italian fashion house. It features Italian fashion and leather products. Its headquarters are situated in Florence, Italy. Gucci is one of the biggest selling Italian brand. It has 278 directly operated stores all over the world. According to the Forbes list of 2013, the brand is ranked 38th most valuable brand. In 1998, Guinness World Records cited the Gucci ‘Genius Jeans’ as the most expensive pair of jeans in existence which was ripped, covered with African beads and was sold for USD 3134.
Hermès is a French fashion company that was founded by Thierry Hermès in the year 1837 in Paris, France. It manufactures high fashion clothing and accessories. The products include ready to wear, leather fashion goods, luxury goods and perfumes. Hermès is famous for its craftsmanship because its products are made in France by hand in middle sized workshops. The product is made by one person from beginning to end, which makes each of its products unique. It guarantees uniqueness and quality of its products. The brand has also added scarves, crystal lightening and glass, perfumery and cravats (neck ties) in its range.