They say ‘Life isn’t perfect, but your outfit can be!’ These are the same people who fall in love every day. What we are talking about is – love at first sight. Still don’t get it? Well, if you have never fallen in love at first sight, then you my friend are shopping in the wrong store or on the wrong site! For all the luxury lovers out there, we have compiled for you, a list of the top 10 designer brands in the world. These are the brands that your friend and your neighbor dream of owning; the brands wherein fashion designers not only design clothes, but also dreams. Without further ado, let’s find out the top 10!
When Giorgio Armani and Sergio Galeotti came together in 1975, they might not have imagined an empire that could last the test of time – four decades and counting! This Italian fashion house offers a variety of products right from watches, jewelery, home furnishing and interiors, eyewear, perfumes, cosmetic to men and women’s apparels. Marketed under numerous brand names, this brand has come to become the most expensive and renowned brand across the globe. Richard Gere and Michelle Pfeiffer are two stars who started the entire Armani revolution; Armani’s haute-couture is one of the most sophisticated in the world.
Today Fendi is synonymous with high-end accessories, but it wasn’t so back when Adele Casagrande and Edoardo Fendi had opened up their private little store in Rome. Karl Lagerfeld, one of the greatest names of the fashion industry, joined Fendi back in the 60s and there has been no looking back since. Fendi only just became a household name in 2001, post going multinational. Their best includes – fur, ready to wear, and the greatly coveted handbags. Bold, quirky statements are their specialty and you might want to own a “Baguette” just like the rest of us!
Remember that headline-making dress that Jennifer Lopez wore to the 2000 Grammys? Versace was always huge even before that statement piece! Founded by Gianni Versace back in 1978, fame was quick to find him. Some of the biggest stars of the 80s and 90s have graced red carpets of the world in Versace haute couture – Madonna, Tina Turner, Elton John and even Princess Diana. The highlight was the 1994 safety pin dress that Elizabeth Hurley wore to the red carpet. Donatella Versace took over the company post her brother’s death. Versace is a trademark when it comes to classiness and pieces from this fashion house are easy to spot. Not restricted to clothes anymore, Versace has expanded its range to include accessories, cosmetics and even designer furniture. Sky’s the limit for this one!
Hermes is one of the oldest fashion brands of the world. It was founded in 1837, in Paris, and is close to becoming a two-century old fashion house! Hermes is most popular for impeccably crafted designer bags. Their other products include perfumes, luxury products, ready to wear apparels, accessories, and leather bags. The most expensive bag to be sold till date happens to be the Hermes Birkin Bag, which was auctioned at a price of $203,150. This brand is one of the most trusted and valuable brands of the world.
Another Oldie but Goldie, Burberry has been around almost as long as Hermes. Burberry was founded in 1856 by Thomas Burberry in Hampshire, Britain. Selling under multiple labels – Burberry London, Burberry Brit and Burberry Possum, the fashion brand remains sturdy as ever. A statement piece would be the signature khaki and plaid trench coats that scream nostalgia and charm of old money. With over 500 stores all around the globe, this luxury brand has its presence felt in more than 50 countries. Their famous coat made out of peacock feathers is priced at $35,000 – bucket list worthy!
5. Dolce & Gabbana
Never before have two initials been so revolutionary and renowned. This sartorial brand was founded in the mid 80s by the brilliant designers – Domencio Dolce and Stefano Gabbana in Italy. Known globally for their eclectic and elegantly stylish clothing, handbags, accessories, jewellery, cosmetic, etc., the originality at Dolce & Gabbana can never die. A favorite among Hollywood A-listers, the highly risqué and instantly recognizable trendsetting pieces have known to stand out thanks to their stark, vibrant, quirky color combinations and contrasts. D&G is seriously unmatched.
Who doesn’t recognize Prada? This fashion powerhouse has an entire movie named after it! Miuccia Prada started the fashion like early in 1913 in Milano and focused mainly on state of the art trunks, suitcases and handbags. Little did she know that after a course of a few decades, the brand would become tantamount to the best in clothing, shoes, accessories, perfumes and definitely bags! Their eclectic and fearless experiments with designs continue to pleasantly surprise fashion geeks and the very name evokes thoughts of luxurious fashion. The fourth most valuable brand in the world, Prada is your best if you are looking to become a distinguished trend setter.
Of course, Chanel had to be on our list – would not really be complete without its mention! The brand, recognizable by the sight of those interlocked ‘C’s was founded by Coco Chanel in a street of Paris. The creator of the ‘little black dress’, it won’t be wrong to say that Chanel today is an entity in itself, much more than a brand. Do we need a reminder of the numerous trendsetting highlights from this fashion house? Chanel No. 5, the legendary Chanel suit, a few amongst many others, paved way for Chanel to become the most sought after fashion brand in the world. Handled by Karl Lagerfeld after the demise of Coco Chanel, this giant is now run by Alain and Gerard, and is overly famous for its range of perfumes, bags, jewellery, ready to wear and haute couture.
Gucci does not just happen to be in every top 3 fashion lists of the world, it has reached this epitome after almost a century since its inception in 1921 in Florence by Guccio Gucci. The fashion house is known especially for their high-end leather bags and goods. This forerunner brings to the world the best there is to offer in watches, clothing, shoes, bags, et al. Gucci is one of those philanthropic companies, which donate a hefty share of their sales specifically towards UNICEF. With a staggering brand value close to 10 billion dollars, Gucci’s famous crocodile shoulder bag is priced at approximately $35,000.
1. Louis Vuitton
Sarah Jessica Parker spent her best bucks in ‘Sex and the City’ on a LV bag that she so generously gifted to Jennifer Hudson! Guess we now know why she was so enthralled! Year after year, LV has been successfully replicating its quality and fame. Louis Vuitton is the favorite brand of every Hollywood celebrity for a reason; it has become the leading leather and luxury brand in the world with the best of luxury trunks, leather goods, shoes, watches, accessories, bags and more. Their immaculate designs are acclaimed by elites and critics alike and with a brand value close to $27 billion; LV is surely the leader in the game and on our list as well.