Most Valuable Fashion Brand list reveals industry insights

Hermés, Nike or Uniqlo, which is the most valuable fashion company worldwide? FashionUnited's “Top 100 Most Valuable Fashion Brands” list gives an answer to this and other questions and is an invaluable insight for those working in fashion.

The overview shows that the top ten companies vary greatly, ranging from luxury goods retailers to athleisure brands and fast fashion champions. The top ten most valuable brands in fashion are led by sportswear giant Nike, luxury goods giants Hermés, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Rolex and Gucci; and fast fashion companies Uniqlo, H&M, and Zara. Coming in tenth place is another sportswear firm, none other than German leader Adidas. Nearly half of the listed companies are based in the USA, which makes this country the most represented one, followed by France.

The article “Luxury, athleisure and fast fashion: The most valuable niches for fashion brands” further elaborates on the data and top 100 list. “The demand for business intelligence on the global fashion industry is rising. For this reason it is necessary to have access to reliable industry information”, says Caroline Hermanns, FashionUnited Business Intelligence Manager. The FashionUnited Business Intelligence page answers this demand by offering numerous business data, analytics, indexes and directories of the apparel market. The “Top 100 Most Valuable Fashion Brands” list is the latest addition to FashionUnited’s business intelligence page, revealing various insights.

The “Top 100 Most Valuable Fashion Brands” list can be viewed here.

One click away from a career in fashion

Finding a fashion course that matches someone’s personal interests and demands can be a challenge. The large number of undergraduate and postgraduate fashion programs worldwide can be overwhelming, especially if “going abroad” is an option. That is why an online education network that structures relevant information is a huge asset, particularly for students who will be enrolling for their academic studies soon.

Those seeking clarity and support can be relieved. With the Fashion Education Network a career in fashion is just one mouse click away. It provides the future fashion candidate with an overview of fashion- courses and -schools around the globe. Crucial career and industry information are available as well, next to internship- and job opportunities.

“We created this non-profit initiative to guide students through their studies and first steps in their career, from choosing a fashion institution to finding their first job”, says Blanca Rodriguez-Arias, Manager of the Fashion Education Network.

Regular news updates ensure that students don’t miss out on the latest industry developments. Connecting students, schools as well as the industry on a single one platform is the core of the network, which was founded by FashionUnited, the leading online B2B platform for fashion professionals.

Visit the Fashion Education Network here.

More intelligence for fashion professionals

Business intelligence has become more and more important to the fashion industry. For this reason it is crucial to be able to have access to reliable and essential industry information, indexes and directories. In the “information jungle” one website that gathers all necessary data is convenient and provides fashion professionals with more intelligence by one simple click.

The FashionUnited Business Intelligence page contains numerous business data and analytics of the apparel market, from “The Richest People in Fashion” to the “Cotton Price Index”. The “FashionUnited Top 100 Index” lists the 100 largest quoted companies worldwide, while the “Company Directory” is a collection of leading companies and their stock information, social media performance and latest news.

“Sharing knowledge is the fundamental principal of FashionUnited”, says Caroline Hermanns, FashionUnited Business Intelligence Manager. “As a one-stop-shop destination we aim at providing in-depth industry information. Our Business intelligence supports those seeking reliable information that can be accessed conveniently”.

The recently improved FashionUnited Business Intelligence page can be visited here.

FashionUnited launches Global Top 200 Fashion Companies

FashionUnited has launched the first of its semi-annual list, Global Top 200 Fashion Companies, highlighting the top players in fashion worldwide. The comprehensive ranking includes the biggest 200 fashion companies by market capitalisation and includes both public and privately held companies.

At a glance, public companies top the charts of fashion around the globe. On average, the privately held fashion companies score 30 percent less in terms of market value than their publicly traded peers due to a liquidity discount.

90 percent of the top 10 fashion companies are publicly traded

In fact, out of the top ten companies comprehended within the FashionUnited Global Top 200 Fashion Companies, nine companies are public companies. Analysis points out at the liquidity discount as the main factor for this composition of the top ten.

Taking a look at the niche market within the fashion world, another trend shows clearly: public fashion companies leading the list include luxury conglomerates such as LVMH or Kering; fast fashion companies (Inditex, H&M); sports brands (Nike, Under Armour, Adidas), and diversified companies (VF, L Brands).

Meanwhile, the most prominent private companies are mostly luxury firms such as Chanel, Montres Tudor, Lao Feng Xiang, Swarovski or Armani, or the parent groups to well-known fast fashion companies including Primark, C&A, and Arcadia. There are hardly any privately held sports fashion companies to be found within the leaders of the fashion world.

FashionUnited launches Global Top 200 Fashion Companies

USA, Italy and France: havens for fashion companies, both public and private

Most companies conforming the list are based in the US. In fact, a 38 percent of the entire list happens to be a North American company. The most successful sub-industries within the US market offer a good balance of department stores, sportswear, luxury fashion and fast fashion. “There is not a dominant sub-industry within fashion in this country,” highlights the FashionUnited Business Intelligence Unit.

The second most represented county in the FashionUnited Global Top 200 Fashion Companies list is Italy, with a total of 23 national companies making it to the list (12 percent of the total). 74 percent (17 out of 23) of the Italy-based companies, both publicly and privately held, are luxury fashion mono-brands or conglomerates. Mono-brands such as Armani and Cavalli are part of the majority of Italian fashion houses (70.6 percent.)

The UK has made it to the third position, with a total of 21 companies of the 200 included in the list (10.5 percent.) Luxury is the leading sub-industry in the UK with a total of seven companies out of 21 (33.3 percent). Meanwhile, five fast fashion retailers make the 23.8 percent. The rest of the British labels forming part of the FashionUnited Global Top 200 Fashion Companies are diversified fashion companies and department stores operators.

With 17 entries or 8.5 percent, France is the fourth country represented in the Global Fashion Top 200. France is a safe haven for luxury brands, which make the 64.7 percent of the French fashion industry.

Something that stands out is that 76.5 percent of the fashion companies in France are private. In fact, France is just second to Switzerland for that matter, where seven out of the nine Swiss brands included within this list are privately held. Apart from Tally Weijl and Charles Vogele, all Swiss companies (again 77.8 percent) cater to luxury customers.

The fifth largest country in this list in Germany with 14 companies (7 percent), of which four are sports companies and three are fast fashion companies.


The privately held companies are selected by analysing all companies in our database (Company directory) and filings at the local Chamber of Commerce or public disclosures. Due to limited disclosed information on privately held entities, the market value of these companies remains to be an estimate.

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FashionUnited launches redesigned US job board

The international B2B fashion platform is proud to announce the launch of its redesigned US job board, one of the fastest on the planet. With the goal to always provide FashionUnited’s users with the best services, the platform redesigned its US job board, which gives fashion professionals pursuing a career within the fashion industry the possibility to access the best job offers quickly and easily. This change is in line with FashionUnited’s philosophy “More Fun & Efficiency in Fashion”.

To save fashion job seekers time, FashionUnited created a new job board for its American platform

After the recent expansion of its activity in North America, FashionUnited continues on this path and delivers efficiently the best fashion job offers to American job seekers. Thanks to FashionUnited’s highly skilled IT team, the US job board is now displaying many fashion jobs in the USA on one unique page. The new and improved version of the US job board is faster than ever before. It is also fully responsive, which means the US job board of FashionUnited offers a great experience for users, across desktop and mobile devices. Thanks to a modern user interface, FashionUnited’s US job board is a great experience for job seekers! And the improvements don’t stop there. Many innovative features will be added over the coming months.

FashionUnited career center already accessible in more than 25 countries

FashionUnited’s career center is accessible in more than 25 countries worldwide, making it available to 75 percent of the global fashion industry. The leading online B2B fashion platform offers fashion jobs in the most influential fashion countries within Europe, North America, South America, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Now only accessible for the American market, the new FashionUnited job board will be rolled out to over 44 countries within the next months.

Over 70 percent of the global top 100 fashion companies use FashionUnited to promote their positions to an audience of more than 825,000 job seekers per month. With this new dynamic job board, FashionUnited propel themselves as the ultimate recruitment service for fashion companies worldwide.

FashionUnited Top 100 Index top companies’ aggregated market cap surpasses Apple's

ANALYSISBack in 2010, FashionUnited launched its fashion and apparel industry benchmark index, compounded by the 100 biggest industry players by market capitalisation. Back in the day, the leading 20 public fashion within the index had a combined market cap of 314.7 billion dollars, this is 27.4 percent of Apple’s current market capitalisation.

But since then, the industry, and the FashionUnited Top 100 Index has evolved rapidly so, as of today, these same 20 largest fashion companies gathered within the benchmark index exceed current Apple’s market capitalisation by 14.5 percent.

Thus, while Apple had a stock market value of 663.85 billion dollars, the leading 20 fashion quoted companies in the index are worth of a combined 772.97 billion.

Individually, each of these 20 companies enhanced their respective market capitalisation by 245.6 percent on average.

FashionUnited Top 100 Index top companies’ aggregated market cap surpasses Apple's

Inditex leads individual market cap increase with a whopping 280.6 jump since 2010

In terms of absolute increase to their market value, Inditex leads the pack with a 280.6 percent increase or 65 billion dollars since the index started in June 2010 to the 101 billion dollars market cap tag the parent company to Zara holds nowadays.

Second place goes for Nike with a 289.9 percent jump in the value the company has as per its stock pricing. Today, Nike´s market capitalisation stands at 95.1 billion dollars. Following Nike is fellow American group TJX with a 287.8 percent increase to today´s 49.5 billion dollars, and giant luxury goods group LVMH, which added 30.4 billion dollars (154.1 percent) to its current 54.2 billion dollars market capitalisation.

In relative terms, Under Armour (1,205.9 percent), VF (384.8 percent), L Brands (367.1 percent) and British Next Plc. (310.5 percent) top the charts.

Annual revenue also on the rise: largest 20 companies in the index gain combined 84 billion

Fashion companies keeps its privileged status as an attractive investment, with strong revenue increases on a year-on-year basis.

In 2015, the leading 20 companies within the Fashion United Top 100 Index alone posted a combined revenue of 337.5 billion dollars. This is 4.7 times the value of total fashion retail sales in 2014 within the UK and 1.4 times the fashion retail sales of 2014 in the USA.

Back in 2010 the top 20 companies in the fashion and apparel benchmark index had a combined revenue of 253.4 billion dollars, which was 84 billion dollars and 33 percent lower than today’s revenue. Following the comparison and back then, that combined revenue accounted for 4 times the UK fashion retail turnover and 1.2 times the US fashion retail sales.

Additionally, not only did the FashionUnited Top 100 largest 20 companies by market capitalisation raise their combined revenues by 35.9 percent, but they also obtained a larger share in the global fashion sales.

FashionUnited Top 100 Index top companies’ aggregated market cap surpasses Apple's

LVMH makes it to the top 5 again in terms of absolute growth in revenue, adding 11.7 billion dollars since it started to be accounted as part of the FashionUnited benchmark index. Other luxury players topping the ranks are Christian Dior, which added 11.2 percent in terms of revenue in the past five years. In terms of relative revenue increase, Under Armour grew by 359.8 percent, followed by Swiss luxury group Richemont, French luxury giant Hermès and Japanese competitor for Inditex, Fast Retailing (+169.7 percent).

Inditex replaces Hermès as the largest fashion company by market cap since 2010

There has not been much change at the top of the FashionUnited Top 100 Index over the past five years.

In fact, the four companies with the highest absolute increase in market capitalisation also have enjoyed the highest absolute increase in revenue. Of these four companies, Inditex, Nike, and LVMH top the podium in the FashionUnited Fashion Top 100.

Meanwhile, TJX has gained the fifth place after climbing two positions since 2010.

LVMH used to be number one in 2010 until it was overthrown by Inditex in 2013.

Other recent changes were those of Nike’s, which displaced LVMH to the third place after climbing two positions from fourth to second.

Under Armour and Next stand as the biggest winners

Remarkably is the rapid development of Under Armour, which holds leading positions as per both market capitalisation increase and revenue growth. Under Armour’s 1.7 billion dollars market capitalization in 2010 was good for its then 48th position; currently it holds the twelfth place with a 20.5billion dollars market cap.

FashionUnited Top 100 Index top companies’ aggregated market cap surpasses Apple's Next Plc has also had quite a way upwards from its 24th place in 2010 to the current fifteenth position. Its market capitalization rose by 310.5 percent, it revenue rose by 117.3 percent from 5.3 B in 2010 to 6.2 billion dollars in 2014.

That said, it is noteworthy that both Next Plc and Under Armour have been the only newcomers to the FashionUnited Top 100 Index in the past five years.

After their entrance, Coach that stood twelfth in 2010 with a market capitalization of 11.6 billion dollars and now lives far way down in the index (29th position with a market cap of 8.0 billion dollars), saw its market capitalisation decrease by 3.6 billion dollars. Data analysed by FashionUnited suggest that this decrease is mainly due to lower sales. In FY15 Coach Inc. posted net sales of 4.2 billion dollars, not far away from its FY11 sales. In FY13 Coach’ sales rose to 5.1 billion dollars, although ever since sales have been at the down.

Also Polo Ralph Lauren had to trade its 19th position in 2010, with a market cap of 7.2 billion dollars for its current 34th place, given its decreased market capitalisation (6.6 billion dollars). In this case, the lost positions respond not to declining revenue, but to the preppy American fashion brand losing market share to its direct competitors (Hugo Boss amongst others).

FashionUnited first publication to switch to .uk domain
To save fashion professionals time FashionUnited has switched it's UK website to leaving the .co behind. At the same time www. has been let go saving 7 characters all together. FashionUnited is the first international b2b fashion publication to switch to the .uk domain
As of June this year a .uk web domain is available for the first time for businesses, creating a trend on the internet moving business from domains to .uk. FashionUnited is proud to be ahead of the curve, or at least cresting it. Germany has always had .de, France .fr, South Africa .za, Italy .it etc etc etc. Now finally we British can stop typing Three whole keystrokes, include the www. and you have 7. Internet company Nominet is offering over 10 million existing UK domain holders the chance to change to the shorter equivalent of their current address within five years.
Moving to a secure environment.
With the new website it also went from HTTP to HTTPS. That extra "S" in the URL means your connection is secure and it's much harder for anyone else to see what you're doing. Besides the security advantage, it also makes the website a lot faster.
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FashionUnited career center now in more than 25 countries

FashionUnited is proud to announce that its fashion career center is now accessible in more than 25 countries worldwide making it available to 75 percent of the global fashion industry. The leading online B2B fashion platform offers now fashion jobs in the most important fashion countries in Europe, North America, South America, Asia, Africa, and Australia.
Lennard Minderhoud, CEO of FashionUnited comments: “Nowadays the fashion industry is more international than ever before. Therefore it is key that we expand our job board services to all dominant fashion countries, meeting the needs of both fashion professionals and fashion companies. We go where the industry needs us, which is why the various FashionUnited services such as the career center, but also free industry news, trends, and business intelligence, will become available in even more countries in the near future.“
Over 8.000 fashion jobs are currently posted worldwide on the FashionUnited job board, reaching more than 825.000 job seekers per month. Already 70 percent of the global top 100 fashion companies use FashionUnited to promote their positions.
To post a vacancy on the FashionUnited job board, please send an email to [email protected] or contact your local consultant.