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Article: The Top 30 Fashion Brands in the World in 2022

The Top 30 Fashion Brands in the World in 2022 - Elegatto

The Top 30 Fashion Brands in the World in 2022

Which fashion brands are dominating the industry in 2022? The best fashion brands in the world lead the pack in two areas: popularity and brand value. With that in mind, we’re counting down the best fashion brands in the world based on brand popularity and valuation. Here are the top 30 fashion brands in 2022. 

  1. Miu Miu

Miu Miu is a high-end clothing and accessory brand headed by Miuccia Prada. Founded in 1993, Miu Miu was created to showcase Miuccia Prada’s unrestrained creativity. The brand is known for its experimental designs that often have a youthful feel. 

Miu Miu makes our list due to strong sales, well-received menswear revamps, and a uniquely dominant social media presence. Their recent campaigns have led to many of their clothing items becoming viral on social media, helping them become one of the most discussed high-end brands among Gen Z. 

  1. Tom Ford

Tom Ford is the eponymous luxury fashion house of designer Tom Ford, the former creative director of Gucci. Ford founded his brand in 2005, initially launching with menswear and cosmetics, then later incorporating womenswear. The brand is known for its unapologetic glamor and sensuality. 

Tom Ford has remained one of the most successful fashion brands since its inception due to its director’s vision and the brand’s impressive diversification. The brand is also a top creator of luxury menswear, womenswear, handbags, luggage, cosmetics, fragrance, jewelry, eyewear, and more. 

  1. Stone Island

Created in 1982, Stone Island is an Italian streetwear brand that’s known for its industrial-inspired designs. The brand made a name for itself in the 1980s with its signature Tela Stella fabric, stonewashed cotton inspired by military tarpaulins. 

Stone Island makes our list thanks to its ever-growing popularity on the sportswear scene and the brand’s promising new partnerships. Fashion giant Moncler recently acquired 30 percent of Stone Island and the brand just announced a multi-year partnership with New Balance.

  1. Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren is an iconic American clothing brand founded in 1967 by Ralph Rueben, a fashion designer based in New York City. The brand is known for its quintessentially American, preppy designs. 

Today, Ralph Lauren is one of the largest fashion empires in the world, with an estimated revenue of over $7 billion each year. The brand produces apparel, accessories, and fragrances for men, women, and children. 

  1. Thom Browne

Thom Browne is a suiting and tailoring brand that was founded in London in 2001. The brand is known for its high-quality menswear and its playful take on proportions. 

Thom Browne makes our list due to the brand’s striking growth and its consistently well-received, unique collections. Once a small, appointment-only brand, Thom Browne has quickly grown into a global leader in menswear. The brand’s success has been helped along by their consistently exceptional collections and their interesting collaborations, such as their co-branded Samsung flip phone. 

  1. Givenchy

Founded in Paris in 1952, Givenchy is a luxury fashion house that’s synonymous with Parisian chic. Givenchy is known for its elegant haute couture and ready-to-wear fashions, as well as its accessories, fragrances, and cosmetics. 

Givenchy has remained a strong presence in luxury fashion in recent years by adhering to its traditional design aesthetics and consistently running savvy campaigns. Givenchy featured Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid in their S/S ‘21 campaign, dressed The Weeknd for his Superbowl performance, and dressed Beyonce and Jay Z in their Tiffany & Co campaign.

  1. Vetements

Vetements is a luxury fashion brand that was founded by Georgian fashion designers Demna Gvasalia and Guram Gvasalia in 2014. The brand is known for its eye-catching prints and striking color combinations. 

Vetements makes our list because it's one of the most discussed labels in fashion and one of the most dominant brands on social media. From their unique designs to the way they present them, Vetements knows how to get people talking. And their conversation-sparking clothing is working for the brand, which regularly sells out entire collections as soon as they debut. 

  1. Balmain 

Founded in 1945 by Pierre Balmain, Balmain is a French fashion house that’s known for its luxury clothing and accessories. The brand made a name for itself with its boldly feminine, opulent designs that often emphasized a nipped-in waist. 

Balmain has retained its icon status by staying true to its opulent roots and legacy of exceptional craftsmanship, while also branching out into modern design traditions and embracing collaborations. Balmain has grown a strong presence in sportswear and has had several highly successful collaborations with Kylie Jenner.  

  1. Jacquemus 

Jacquemus is the creation of designer Simon Porte Jacquemus, who founded the brand in 2009 at the age of 19. Jacquemus focuses on clothing and accessories and is known for its playful, surreal, and highly photogenic designs. 

Jacquemus earns a spot on our list thanks to its ever-popular, limited edition collections and its continued success as a favorite social media brand. Jacquemus has a reputation for being fresh, luxe, and photo-ready, and the brand’s success shows no sign of slowing down. 

  1. Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen is a luxury fashion house that was founded by fashion designer Alexander McQueen in 1992. The British brand is known for its innovative designs that blend creative vision and traditional craftsmanship. 

Alexander McQueen continues to thrive thanks to its commitment to quality and striking, often graphic designs that appeal to traditional and modern fashion lovers alike. The brand’s refreshing designs continue to be among the most desired by consumers each year.  

  1. Loewe

Founded in 1846, Loewe is the oldest fashion house on our list. For nearly two centuries, this Spanish luxury fashion company has been making fine leather goods, clothing, accessories, and perfumes. 

Loewe has a reputation for living up to its legacy as a timeless, high-quality brand. That reputation has carried it through to today, when the brand is still dressing fashionistas, making waves during Fashion Week, and opening new stores. 

  1. Valentino

Valentino is an Italian fashion house that was founded in Rome, Italy in 1960. The brand specializes in producing luxury clothing, footwear, glasses, watches, accessories, and perfumes. Valentino is known for its signature “Valentino red” hue and its elegant style. 

Valentino is a brand that stays true to its traditional design roots while also always staying modern. The fashion house has recently dabbled in fashion tech and regularly dresses many of today’s top stars, including Lady Gaga and Zendaya. 

  1. Dolce & Gabbana

Found in 1985 by designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, Dolce & Gabbana is an Italian luxury fashion house that’s known for its carefree Mediterranean style. The immensely popular fashion label creates clothing, handbags, sunglasses, perfume, cosmetics, jewelry, watches, and footwear.

Dolce & Gabbana has sustained its popularity thanks to its always show-stopping, sometimes risky designs. And the brand not only pushes the limits of design but also of what their fashion house can do. Dolce & Gabbana started 2022 by setting a record for fashion NFT sales and launching their new home decor line.

  1. Armani

Founded by Giorgio Armani in 1975, Armani is a luxury fashion house that creates a wide range of goods. The Italian brand produces haute couture clothing, ready-to-wear clothing, leather goods, jewelry, watches, shoes, accessories, eyewear, cosmetics, home interiors, and more. 

Armani remains a strong figure in the fashion industry thanks to its strong designs and its many popular subsidiaries. Brand names under the Armani umbrella include Emporio Armani, Giorgio Armani Prive, Armani Jeans, Armani Collezioni, Armani Junior, and Armani Exchange. Armani is currently the second biggest fashion house in Italy, second only to Prada. 

  1. Rolex

Rolex is a luxury watch brand that was founded in London in 1905. Originally known as Wilsdorf and Davis, the brand’s name was officially changed to Rolex in 1915. Rolex is famous for its high-quality luxury watches and classic designs.

Rolex has dominated the luxury watch world for years by staying true to their beloved watch designs. The brand makes only minimal changes to the appearance of their watches, which gives them a timeless quality. The popularity of Rolex shows in the retail market and in the resale market, where Rolex watches are always in demand. 

  1. Hermes

Founded in 1828, Hermes is a French luxury fashion brand that’s best known for its handmade handbags and luggage. The exclusive fashion house also specializes in making leather goods, scarves, jewelry, watches, lifestyle accessories, home furnishings, and ready-to-wear clothing. 

Hermes has one of the best reputations among luxury brands– and it also has very impressive sales figures. With a market valuation of $11.6 billion, Hermes is currently the tenth most valuable fashion brand in the world. 

  1. Cartier 

Cartier is a luxury fashion company that specializes in creating jewelry, watches, and leather goods. Founded in 1847 in Paris, Cartier has grown to be one of the most prestigious and successful luxury brands in the world. 

Cartier is an immensely popular brand with over 200 stores across the world and a reputation for being the choice of royals. Cartier has a market valuation of $12 billion, making it the ninth most valuable fashion brand in the world. 

  1. Chanel

Founded by haute couture designer Coco Chanel in 1910, Chanel is a French fashion house that’s famous for its elegant Parisian designs. The brand is best known for its women’s suits, the perfume Chanel No. 5, and popularizing the “little black dress.” Today, Chanel creates haute couture clothing, ready-to-wear clothing, accessories, jewelry, perfume, and cosmetics. 

Chanel has a market valuation of $13.2 billion and is the fifth most valuable fashion brand in the world. But while Chanel remains a classic brand and a financial success, the fashion house doesn’t have the media presence or intense desirability that it has had in years past, hence its slightly lower placement on our list. 

  1. Bottega Veneta

Bottega Veneta is an Italian fashion house founded by Michele Taddei and Renzo Zengiaro. Since its inception in 1966, Bottega Veneta has been celebrated for its luxury handbags, accessories, and fragrances. Notably, Bottega Veneta is one of the very few luxury brands that rarely use logos on its designs. 

The popularity of Bottega Veneta has waxed and waned over the years, but it had a strong comeback after Daniel Lee took over as creative director in 2018. Thanks to its design refresh and its popularity among influencers, Bottega Veneta is one of the fastest-growing luxury brands as of 2022. 

  1. Versace

Versace is an Italian fashion house founded by Gianni Versace in Milan, Italy in 1978. The brand focuses on apparel and accessories and is known for its flashy style and use of bright colors. 

Versace has made a conscious effort to be more inclusive in recent years, which sets them apart from other legacy fashion brands. Versace also has a strong media presence and high popularity among celebrities.

  1. Saint Laurent 

Founded by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge in 1961, Saint Laurent is a luxury fashion house revered for its classic yet rebellious designs. Saint Laurent is one of the most prominent fashion brands in the world today. The fashion house is best known for its handbags, footwear, clothing, and cosmetics. 

Saint Laurent has enjoyed enduring popularity thanks to its simple, yet always modern luxury designs. The brand has also achieved success by leaning into the gender-neutral aspect of its design heritage and collaborating with modern artists.  

  1. Fendi

Fendi is an Italian fashion house that was founded in Rome by Adele and Edoardo Fendi in 1925. The luxury fashion brand is best known for its fur and leather goods, and also creates ready-to-wear clothing, shoes, fragrances, watches, and eyewear. 

This legacy fashion brand has gotten a popularity boost in recent years thanks to numerous celebrity fans and growing social media success. Fendi has also had a streak of notable collaborations, such as their eyewear partnership with Chelios and their collaboration with Kim Kardashian’s SKIMS. 

  1. Dior 

Founded by fashion designer Christian Dior in 1946, Dior is a French luxury fashion house known for its sophisticated and confident designs. Today, the main House of Dior focuses on shoes and clothing, while divisions and subsidiaries like Christian Dior Couture, Christian Dior Parfums, and Christian Dior Homme focus on other luxury goods. 

Dior has maintained its popularity by largely sticking to a minimalist and formal aesthetic in its mainline, keeping less conventional approaches to offshoot brands like Dior Homme. Dior has also had success in recent years by making a strong push in sportswear. At the end of 2021, Dior launched their first-ever ski capsule collection and appointed athletes Emma Raducanu and Kylian Mbappe as brand ambassadors. 

  1. Moncler

Moncler is an Italian luxury fashion brand that first became known for its ski wear. Since its founding in 1952, Moncler has branched out into ready-to-wear clothing for men, women, and kids. 

Today, Moncler is one of the most desirable names in streetwear. Moncler has achieved cult status and mainstream popularity by focusing on quality, sustainability, and unique collaborations with brands like Evian, Fortnite, and Hoka. 

  1. Prada

Founded in 1913 by Mario Prada, the luxury fashion house Prada began as a single leather goods store. Today, Prada is a major force in the luxury fashion industry. The brand’s luxury products include clothing, accessories, jewelry, cosmetics, perfumes, watches, cell phones, spirits, and wines. 

Prada has both impressive sales and a strong media presence. The brand is one of the most well-known luxury brands among Gen Z customers, in part thanks to the Prada bucket hat challenge that went viral on TikTok in 2021. Prada has also been celebrated in the media for its environmental practices and commitment to ethical manufacturing. 

  1. Balenciaga 

Balenciaga is a luxury fashion house founded in 1919 by Cristobal Balenciaga in San Sebastian, Spain. The brand became known for its modern shapes and unyielding commitment to exceptional quality. Balenciaga is now owned by the luxury group Kering and operates out of Paris, France. 

Balenciaga has made a splash in recent years due to its beloved streetwear collections. The brand has also made waves with notable collaborations, including a collection with Crocs, a collaboration with Kanye West for his Donda album launch, and a Fortnite metaverse collaboration. 

  1. Nike 

Originally known as Blue Ribbon Sports, Nike is an American apparel company that was founded in 1964. Headquartered in Oregon, Nike is the world’s leading supplier of athletic shoes. The brand also produces sports apparel, sports accessories, and sports equipment. 

Nike is the leading fashion brand in activewear and lifestyle and is the most valuable fashion brand in any category. As of 2021, Nike had a valuation of $30.5 billion, earning it the top spot on the list of the top fashion brands in the world. Nike is likely to hold on to that top spot in the coming years, as its value was almost twice as high as the second-place finisher. 

  1. Burberry

Founded in London in 1856, Burberry is a luxury fashion house that’s known for its traditional British designs. Burberry is known for its signature check pattern, which is frequently used on the brand’s clothing, leather goods, accessories, and perfume bottles. 

While Burberry has a traditional design style, the brand has progressive values and inventive brand strategies that have helped it remain relevant in the modern era. Burberry has been recognized in the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index and has taken a pledge to become Climate Positive by 2040. Burberry’s reputation has thrived in recent years, as have the British fashion house’s sales, which were back up to their pre-pandemic levels as of Q4 2021. 

  1. Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton Malletier, more commonly called Louis Vuitton, is a French luxury fashion house that was founded in 1854 by Georges Louis Vuitton. The brand first rose to prominence with its high-end trunks. Louis Vuitton’s roster of luxury goods would evolve to include handbags, ready-to-wear clothing, shoes, jewelry, watches, sunglasses, and luggage. In 1987, Louis Vuitton merged with Moet Hennessy to become LVMH Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey. The fashion house Louis Vuitton is now a subsidiary of LVMH. 

With a brand valuation of $14.8 billion, Louis Vuitton is the third most valuable fashion brand in 2022. Louis Vuitton also continues to have a strong media presence and opens more stores across the world, putting its total number of storefronts at over 460. 

  1. Gucci

Founded by Guccio Gucci in 1921, Gucci is an Italian luxury fashion house that got its start designing horseback-riding gear and other high-end leather goods. The brand has evolved to create a wide range of luxury products, including handbags, ready-to-wear clothing, fragrances, and home decorations. Gucci is known for its maximalist aesthetic and colorful, eye-catching designs. 

Gucci tops our list thanks to its incredible performance in both areas we’re evaluating: brand value and popularity. With a brand valuation of $15.6 billion, Gucci is the second most valuable fashion brand in the world and the most valuable luxury fashion brand. When it comes to popularity, it’s hard to overstate how dominant the brand has been in the media and the eyes of consumers. Gucci has experienced a massive boom in popularity since Alessandro Michele took over as creative director in 2015 and, based on the brand’s sales and media presence, that popularity only seems to be growing.

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