The clothing industry is one of the most ancient industries of all time. Some of the oldest brands like Louis Vuitton, and Burberry, to modern names like Mulberryfeel and D&G all, have contributed greatly to the fashion industry in their own capacity. Here we take a look at the top 10 oldest and expensive clothing brands on the planet, which are highly popular among innumerable fashion lovers around the globe.
World’s Oldest and Expensive Clothing Brands still in operation.
Hermes – the brand has been around for over 200 years
Hermès International S.A., or simply Hermès is a French high fashion luxury goods manufacturer established in 1837. It specializes in leather, lifestyle accessories, home furnishings, perfumery, jewellery, watches and ready-to-wear. Its logo, since the 1950s, is of a Duc carriage with horse.
Louis Vuitton – World’s most valuable luxury brand
Louis Vuitton Malletier commonly referred to as Louis Vuitton, or shortened to LV, is a French fashion house and luxury retail company founded in 1854 by Louis Vuitton.
LV monogram appears on most of its products, ranging from luxury trunks and leather goods to ready-to-wear, shoes, watches, jewellery, accessories, sunglasses and books. Louis Vuitton is one of the world’s leading international fashion house.
For six consecutive years (2006–2012), Louis Vuitton was named the world’s most valuable luxury brand.
Burberry – Iconic British Luxury Brand est. 1856
Thomas Burberry establishes Burberry in Basingstoke at just 21 years old, founded on the principle that clothing should be designed to protect people from the British weather.
Burberry Group PLC is a British luxury fashion house headquartered in London, England. Its main fashion house focuses on and distributes trench coats (for which it is most famous), ready-to-wear outerwear, fashion accessories, fragrances, sunglasses, and cosmetics and has 500 stores in 50 countries. Wearing Burberry is considered a signature status and indicates the difference between individuals.
Chanel – Founded by Coco Chanel in 1909 in Paris
Chanel is one of today’s best known and most highly sought-after fashion brands and has been one practically since it was founded by Coco (Gabrielle) Chanel in 1909.
Chanel S.A. is a French privately held company owned by Alain Wertheimer and Gérard Wertheimer, grandsons of Pierre Wertheimer, who was an early business partner of the couturière Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel. Chanel S.A. is a high fashion house that specializes only in women’s haute couture and ready-to-wear clothes, luxury goods, and fashion accessories.
This brand is probably more sought after by the trendier, younger fashion lovers because it is the most popular fashion brand of the world.
Prada – Italian luxury fashion house.
Prada S.p.A. is an Italian luxury fashion house, specializing in leather handbags, travel accessories, shoes, ready-to-wear, perfumes and other fashion accessories, founded in 1913 by Mario Prada in Milan, Italy.
The brand is popular among fashion lovers around the world.
Gucci – Italian brand was founded by Guccio Gucci in 1920
Gucci is an Italian luxury brand of fashion and leather goods. Gucci was founded by Guccio Gucci in Florence in 1921
Gucci products are known to be as comfortable and fashionable as they are expensive. You can often see Hollywood stars flaunting their Gucci pieces and bags in front of the media.
According to Forbes, Gucci is the 38th most valued brand in the world with a brand value of $12.4 billion and sales close to $5 billion, and this speaks for itself.
Fendi – signified creativity & fine craftsmanship since 1925.
Fendi is an Italian luxury fashion house producing fur, ready-to-wear, leather goods, shoes, fragrances, eyewear, timepieces and accessories. Founded in 1925 in Rome, Fendi is renowned for its fur and fur accessories.
A person wearing a Fendi brand can be easily spotted among the crowd, such as the craze for the brand.
Giorgio Armani – Italian luxury fashion house founded by Giorgio Armani
Giorgio Armani S.p.A. is an Italian luxury fashion house founded by Giorgio Armani on July 24, 1975, which designs, manufactures, distributes and retails haute couture, ready-to-wear, leather goods, shoes, watches, jewellery, accessories, eyewear, cosmetics and home interiors.
The name Armani has been synonymous with unrivalled Italian style all over the world for over 30 years. Today, it has an extensive range of clothing, perfume, and fashion accessories and more than 2,000 stores around the world.
Versace – Italian luxury fashion company
Gianni Versace usually referred to simply as Versace, is an Italian luxury fashion company and trade name founded by Gianni Versace in 1978. The main collection of the brand is Versace, which produces upmarket Italian-made ready-to-wear and leather accessories, while other diffusion lines are Versace Collection (mainly in the US), Versus Versace and Versace Jeans.
On September 25 2018, Michael Kors announced their intention to acquire all outstanding shares in Gianni Versace S.p.A for $2.12 billion (USD).
Dolce and Gabbana – Commonly known as D&G
Dolce & Gabbana is an Italian luxury fashion house founded in 1985 in Legnano by Italian designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. The two met in Milan in 1980 and designed for the same fashion house. In 1982, they established a designer consulting studio; in time it grew to become “Dolce & Gabbana”.
Dolce and Gabbana need no words to describe the popularity and grace of their brands. It is the most famous and desirable dressing brand in Italian culture.