Abercrombie & Fitch, also known as A&F, is an American retailer that focuses on casual wear for consumers aged 18 to 22, and is headquartered in New Albany, Ohio. It has over 300 locations in the United States, and is expanding internationally. The company also operates three offshoot brands: Abercrombie Kids, Hollister Co., and Gilly Hicks, in addition to a post-collegiate brand, Ruehl No.925, that closed in early 2010.
Alpha Industries is an American clothing manufacturer founded in 1959 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Initially as a contractor to the United States military, the company grew into an international commercial seller of American military style and fashion apparel. Alpha makes items such as flight jackets and vests, and has made jackets for the military of the United States like the M65 Jacket for over half a century. The Jackets are made for men and women, as well as children and now dogs. Popular models include the MA-1 and CWU-45/P pilot jackets.
Banana Republic is a clothing and accessories retailer owned by American multinational corporation Gap Inc. It was founded in 1978 by Mel and Patricia Ziegler with a safari theme; in 1983, Gap purchased the company and gave it a more upscale image. Banana Republic has over 600 stores located internationally.
Ben Sherman is a British based clothing company, designing shirts, suits, shoes, accessories, and other items that are, in common with many British brands, now made overseas, largely in the Far East. Their designs sometimes feature the Royal Air Force roundel which is often called the mod target. Some of the recent Ben Sherman shirts have unusual and complex designs, and have a Carnaby-style fit. The company makes clothing predominantly for men. The company has been owned by Oxford Industries since 2004.
Friday 23 November 2018 Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States (the fourth Thursday of November). Since at least the 1930s, it has been regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season in the US, and most major retailers open very early (and more recently during overnight hours) and offer promotional sales. Black Friday is not an official holiday, but California and some other states observe "The Day After Thanksgiving" as a holiday for state government employees, sometimes in lieu of another federal holiday such as Columbus Day. Many non-retail employees and schools have both Thanksgiving and the following Friday off, which, along with the following regular weekend, makes it a four-day weekend, thereby increasing the number of potential shoppers. It has routinely been the busiest shopping day of the year since 2005, although news reports, which at that time were inaccurate, have described it as the busiest shopping day of the year for a much longer period of time. Similar stories resurface year upon year at this time, portraying hysteria and shortage of stock, creating a state of positive feedback.
Diesel S.p.A. is an Italian design company. It is best known for high end pret-a-porter clothing aimed at the young adult market. The company is owned by its founder Renzo Rosso, and is based in the former Laverda building area in Breganze, northern Italy.
Eckō unltd. is a brand of urban lifestyle clothing founded by Marc Milecofsky, a famous fashion designer. It has been popular since the late 1990s and moved into the mainstream urban culture in the early 2000s. It is most often associated with hip hop. The style is based on graffiti art.
Esprit Holdings Limited is a publicly owned manufacturer of clothing, footwear, accessories, jewellery and housewares under the Esprit label. The company is headquartered in Kowloon, Hong Kong, and Ratingen (near Dusseldorf), Germany. In the 2007-2008 business year, Esprit Holdings Limited generated a worldwide sales of around EUR 3.25 billion (as of 30.06.2008). Esprit operates more than 770 retail stores worldwide and distributes products to more than 15,150 wholesale locations around the globe. Esprit has more than 1.1 million square meters of retail space in 40 countries.
Forever 21 is an American chain of fashion retailers with its headquarters in Los Angeles, California and sales of $3.7 billion in 2013. Forbes ranked Forever 21 as the 122nd largest private company in America. From the initial, small, 900 square ft. Los Angeles store in 1984 to over 480 locations in the United States and abroad today, Forever 21 has experienced immense growth. The stores themselves have also expanded, including 9,000 square ft. shops in malls and 24,000 square ft. XXI flagship stores.
French Connection (also branded as FCUK) is a UK-based global retailer and wholesaler of fashion clothing, accessories and homeware. Founded in 1972 by Chief Executive Stephen Marks it is based in London and its parent company, French Connection Group plc, is listed on the London Stock Exchange.
FUBU is a clothing company. It includes casual wear, sports wear, a suit collection, eyewear, belts, and shoes for the hip-hop community in the sense of economic investment but not to be exclusively worn by African Americans. The name is considered an acronym for "For Us By Us," implying the product line was produced for a primarily African American market. The alleged original meaning of FUBU was "Five Urban Brothers United," but the "For Us, by Us" line later took root as the clothing line expanded.
Gap, commonly known as Gap Inc. or The Gap, is an American multinational clothing and accessories retailer. It was founded in 1969 by Donald G. Fisher and Doris F. Fisher and is currently headquartered in San Francisco, California. The company operates five primary divisions: the namesake banner, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime, and Athleta. Gap Inc. was surpassed by Spanish-based Inditex Group as the world's largest apparel retailer, though it remains the largest specialty retailer in the United States. As of September 2008, the company has approximately 135,000 employees and operates 3,076 stores worldwide, of which 2,551 are located in the U.S.
Gloria Laura Vanderbilt (born February 20, 1924) is an American artist, author, actress, heiress and socialite, noted as an early developer of designer blue jeans. She is a member of the Vanderbilt family of New York and the mother of CNN television anchor Anderson Cooper.
Guess (styled as GUESS or Guess?) is an American upscale clothing line brand. Guess also markets other fashion accessories besides clothes, such as watches, Jewellery and perfumes. The company also owns the line Marciano.
Hurley is a clothing company located in Costa Mesa, California founded by Bob Hurley. The company puts emphasis on skateboarding, surfing, music, and "fun". Since 2002, Hurley has been owned by Nike, Inc.
J.Crew Group, Inc. is an American multi-brand, multi-channel, specialty retailer. The company offers an assortment of women's, men's and children's apparel and accessories, including swimwear, outerwear, loungewear, wedding, bags, hair accessories, belts, jewellery, and shoes. As of January 2011, it operated 333 retail stores throughout the United States. The company conducts its business through retail, factory, clearance, crewcuts, and Madewell stores, catalogues, and on its website.
Jeep is also a brand of apparel of outdoor lifestyle sold under license. It is reported that there are between 600 and 1,500 such outlets in China, vastly outnumbering the number of Jeep auto dealers in the country.
Jockey International, Inc. is a manufacturer, distributor and retailer of underwear, sleepwear for men, women, and children. The company is based in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Jockey is known for having invented the first men's Y-Front brief in 1934. Jockey is a recognized trademark in 120 countries.
Jordache Enterprises, Inc. is an American clothing company that manufactures (or contracts for the manufacture of) apparel including shirts, jeans, and outerwear. The brand is known for its designer jeans that were popular in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
La Senza Corporation is a Canadian fashion retailer based in Dorval, Quebec that sells lingerie and intimate apparel. The La Senza brand is currently owned by Limited Brands which operates and owns La Senza stores in Canada and uses a franchise model for the operation of stores outside Canada.
Lacoste is a French clothing company founded in 1933 that sells high-end clothing, footwear, perfume, leather goods, watches, eyewear, and most famously polo shirts. In recent years, Lacoste has introduced a home line of sheeting and towels. The company can be recognized by its green crocodile logo. Rene Lacoste, the company's founder, was nicknamed "the Crocodile" by fans because of his tenacity on the tennis court.
Lee Cooper Brands is a British clothing company, operating worldwide, that licenses the sale of many Lee Cooper-branded items, including denim jeans. The head office is located in London, United Kingdom. The company originally produced work wear for export, and began to specialise in denim jackets and trousers in the 1930s.
Lee is an American brand of denim jeans, first produced in 1889 in Salina, Kansas. The company is owned by VF Corporation, the largest apparel company in the world. Its headquarters is currently in Merriam, Kansas, just outside of Kansas City, Missouri. The company states that they are an international retailer and manufacturer of casual wear and work wear and that they have more than 400 employees in the United States. In Australasia, the brand is owned by Pacific Brands since 2007, after it was acquired from Yakka.
Levi Strauss & Co., also known as LS&CO or simply Levi's, is a privately held American clothing company known worldwide for its Levi's brand of denim jeans. It was founded in 1853 when Levi Strauss came from Buttenheim, Bavaria, to San Francisco, California to open a west coast branch of his brothers' New York dry goods business. In 1873, Levi Strauss and tailor Jacob Davis received a U.S. patent to make the first riveted men's work pants out of denim: the first blue jeans. The company briefly experimented (in the 1970s) with a public stock listing, but remains owned and controlled by descendants and relatives of Levi Strauss' four nephews. The company's corporate headquarters is located at Levi's Plaza in San Francisco.
Marc Jacobs (born April 9, 1963) is an American fashion designer. He is the head designer for Marc Jacobs, as well as Marc by Marc Jacobs, a diffusion line, with over 200 retail stores in 80 countries. He was the creative director of the French design house Louis Vuitton from 1997 to 2013. Jacobs was on Time magazine's "2010 Time 100" list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and ranked number 14 on Out magazine's 2012 list of "50 Most Powerful Gay Men and Women in America".
Mr. Price is a publicly traded retail company based in South Africa. Founded in 1885, it has been traded on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange since 1952. The store has changed names several times since 1885, including John Orrs and Hub. The first Mr. Price opened in 1987 after the current owners bought a controlling interest in John Orrs. Stores are located in Namibia, Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and South Africa. Retail sales surpassed 5 billion rand in 2007.
No Fear is an American lifestyle clothing brand that was created in 1989 by Mark Simo, Brian Simo, and Marty Moates. No Fear Inc. products are sold at various retail stores and company owned stores. It also offers No Fear energy drinks under the same brand, in a joint venture with Pepsi. The company currently employs about 450 people. On February 25, 2011, they filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Old Navy is a clothing and accessories retailer owned by American multinational corporation Gap Inc. It has corporate operations in San Francisco and San Bruno, California. The largest Old Navy stores are its flagship stores, located in New York City, the Mall of America, Seattle, Chicago and San Francisco.
Pepe Jeans London is a denim and casual wear jeans brand that was established in the Portobello Road area of London in 1973. From its origins as a tiny market stall to more than half a US billion dollar brand, Pepe has transformed itself into a jeans wear label found throughout Europe. The brand today has presence in more than 80 countries across the world.
Playtex is a brand name for undergarments, baby products, gloves, feminine products and sunscreen. It was founded in 1947, when International Latex Corporation (ILC) created a division named Playtex to produce and sell latex products. Playtex was the first to advertise undergarments on national television in 1955 and the first to show a woman wearing only a bra from the waist-up in a commercial in 1977.
Pringle of Scotland is a luxury knitwear manufacturer and importer. The brand is worn by the likes of Madonna, David Beckham, Nicole Kidman, Sophie Dahl, Claudia Schiffer, the television character Alan Partridge and British bands such as The Kooks, Dirty Pretty Things and The Twang. The company has stores in London's Bond Street, Sloane Street and Bluewater Shopping Centre as well as in Japan and Taiwan and is sold by retailers in New York and Milan.
Ralph Lauren (born Ralph Lifshitz October 14, 1939 in New York City) is an American fashion designer and business executive, best known for his Polo Ralph Lauren clothing brand, and a global multi-billion-dollar enterprise. He has become well known for his collection of rare automobiles, some of which have been displayed in museum exhibits. As of September 2012, Forbes estimates his wealth at $6.5 billion dollars, which makes Ralph Lauren the 162nd richest person in the world.
Sergio Valente is an American clothing brand best known for juniors' and women's designer jeans and stretch-denim fabrics. It is owned by the privately held Seattle Pacific Industries Inc., founded in 1981, which additionally owns the Reunion and Saltaire menswear brands and the Unionbay teen-clothing brand. While a number of notable individuals are named "Sergio Valente", the brand is not named after, nor was ever run by, a real person of that name.
Sissy-Boy is a Dutch clothing store chain with over 30 stores in the Netherlands and Belgium. Besides clothes (for what is described as an "upscale" audience), they sell household textiles as well. There are also several Sissy Boy Homeland stores, which sell household furniture. As of 2008, there were over thirty Sissy-Boy stores in the Netherlands, and one was opened in Antwerp, Belgium, in the summer of 2009.
Speedo International Ltd. is a British/ Australian manufacturer and distributor of swimwear and swim-related accessories. Founded in Sydney in 1914, the industry leading company is now a subsidiary of British Pentland Group. Today, the Speedo brand can be found on products ranging from swimsuits and goggles to wrist watches and MP3 players. The Speedo brand is manufactured for and marketed in North America as Speedo USA by the Warnaco Group under exclusive perpetual license.
Stella Nina McCartney, OBE (born 13 September 1971) is an English fashion designer. She is the daughter of former Beatles member Sir Paul McCartney and American photographer and animal rights activist Linda McCartney.
Stussy or Stüssy is a clothing brand and private company started in the early 1980s by Shawn Stussy. The company is one of many that benefited from the surfwear trend originating in Orange County, California, but it has largely been adopted by the streetwear and hip-hop scenes.
SuperGroup plc is a British international branded clothing company, and owner of the Superdry label. Superdry products combine vintage Americana styling with Japanese inspired graphics. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.
Tommy Hilfiger Corporation is a US $6 billion apparel and retail company, offering consumers high quality products including men's, women's and children's apparel, sportswear, denim, and a range of licensed products such as accessories, fragrances and home furnishings.
Triumph International is an international underwear manufacturer. Founded in Heubach, Wurttemberg, Germany 1886 by the two families Spiesshofer & Braun. The first foreign subsidiary was established in Zurzach, Switzerland which has become the company's headquarters. The multinational manufacturing and marketing organization operates in 120 countries around the world. In 2010 the company had an annual turnover of 2.2 billion Swiss francs, and over 36,500 employees.
True Religion Brand Jeans is an American clothing company. Based in Vernon, California, the company was established in December 2002 by Jeff Lubell. True Religion Jeans are also one of the most popular jeans in pop culture today.
Benetton Group S.p.A. is a global fashion brand, based in Treviso, Italy. The name comes from the Benetton family who founded the company in 1965. Benetton Group is listed in Milan. Benetton has a network of over 6,500 stores in 120 countries. The stores are managed by independent partners and generate a total turnover of over 2 billion euro.
Victoria's Secret is the largest American retailer of lingerie and was founded by Roy Raymond in 1977. 2012 sales were $6.12 billion with an operating income of $1 billion. The company sells lingerie, women's wear, and beauty products through its catalogues (sending out 375 million a year), website, and thousand of U.S. stores. Victoria's Secret is wholly owned by publicly traded L Brands company.
Volcom, Inc. is a designer, marketer, and distributor of youth-oriented products. The company primarily produces young men's and young women's clothing, footwear, accessories, and related products, all sold under the "Volcom" brand name. Volcom is headquartered in Costa Mesa, California, United States. Volcom is known for its trademark stone logo, its slogan Youth Against Establishment, and the Let the Kids Ride Free campaign. Jason Steris is the CEO of Volcom.
Von Dutch is an American multinational licensing company named after Kenny Howard, an artist and pinstriper of the Kustom Kulture movement. After Howard's death in 1992, his daughters sold the Von Dutch name to Michael Cassel and Robert Vaughn. The clothing brand gained popularity in the US and attracted the attention of celebrities such as Madonna, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, and later Ashton Kutcher and Eric Church.
The Wonderbra is a type of push-up underwire brassiere that gained worldwide prominence in the 1990s. Although the Wonderbra name was first trademarked in the U.S. in 1955, the brand was developed in Canada. Moses (Moe) Nadler, founder and majority owner of the Canadian Lady Corset Company, licensed the trademark for the Canadian market in 1939. By the 1960s the Canadian Lady brand had become known in Canada as "Wonderbra, the company." In 1961 the company introduced the Model 1300 plunge push-up bra. This bra became one of the best-selling Canadian styles and is virtually identical to today's Wonderbra.
Wrangler is an American manufacturer of jeans and other clothing items. The brand is owned by the VF Corporation, who also own Lee, JanSport, and The North Face, among others. Its headquarters is in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina in the United States, with production plants in a variety of locations throughout the world.
Zara is a Spanish clothing and accessories retailer based in Arteixo, Galicia, and founded in 1975 by Amancio Ortega and Rosala Mera. It is the flagship chain store of the Inditex group, the world's largest apparel retailer, the fashion group also owns brands such as Massimo Dutti, Pull and Bear, Uterque, Stradivarius and Bershka.