Do you belong to the category of “Brand is Better”? If yes, this article is just for you! As brand lovers, we always prefer a high-end label over local names, don’t we? There are many reasons why people prefer branded items, particularly clothes. Quality, comfort, longevity and ofcourse, fitting into a certain socio-economic segment! So, if you are willing to upgrade your brand game, then you must check out these 15 Luxury Clothing Brands in the world.
While a ‘normal’ T-shirt from these brands can cost you hundreds of dollars, some people say they are absolutely worth it! Curious to know what these names are? Read on!
Top 15 World’s Most Expensive Fashion Brands for Men and Women:
Let us now look into the most expensive clothing brands in the world, which many people associate with luxury, stature and premium quality:
1. Louis Vuitton:
The minute you find the initials “LV” on a piece of clothing, you know it is going to cost you an arm and a leg! Louis Vuitton is a French Luxury fashion house which is quite popular among the wealthy and the elite sections of the society. Although it started as a luggage manufacturer, LV quickly entered the clothing industry and made it “big”. The brand offers a wide variety of ready to wear collections for both men and women. From posh outwear to stylish swimwear, LV has them all! However, prepare yourself to spend a minimum $600 for a basic Tee!
Gucci is another richest clothing brand in the world which shocks its customers with a rather hefty price tag. The Italian luxury fashion house hires some of the best talent in the industry along with sources quality raw materials to make all of its products. Now you know why customers flock to Gucci outlets in hundreds, despite the outrageous pricing! The idea is to create a sense of exclusivity to the brand making customers feel “above” the mainstream. Just to give a picture of how much Gucci costs, a pair of checkered shorts is priced at $880!!!
Dior is one of the most expensive clothing brands in the world with a start price of $3000. Yes, you read that right! Infact, it was one of the earliest brands to popularize the term “haute couture” and even introduce the famous “Royal gown” to the elite women. Famous celebs including Princess Diana preferred Dior for the exquisite, handcrafted pieces of clothing it offers. There are gowns which takes about 100-200 man-hours to support why this brand is priced so high! Although Dior predominantly caters to women, it is now becoming a dominant player in men’s fashion as well.
Imagine having to order a dress and waiting for months, if not years, to wear it! That’s Hermès for you! Hermès is a French luxury house that manufactures clothing, bags and accessories. It is one of the world’s most expensive designer brands considering the products are entirely hand-made. Every lace, every stitch is handcrafted to perfection by a single artisan who specializes the craft. As a result, very few products make it into the market. This high demand, low supply is what leads to the exorbitant price tags! Just to let you know, a basicHermès scarf will cost you a minimum 400 USD!!
With a start price of $2000 for an outfit, Prada is undoubtedly one of the pricey clothing brands in the world. Prada is an Italian brand renowned for making quality leather goods. It was only in 1999 did this brand enter the clothing segment and made its first runway show. Many popular celebrities Taylor Swift, Jennifer Aniston etc. prefer Prada for red carpet dressing for the playful patterns and intricate embroideries. Prada is known for its fashion-forward ensembles which aim to attract the younger crowd (mostly)!
Talking of luxury and ‘expensive’, how can one miss Chanel? Founded by Coco Chanel, the UK luxury fashion house is one of the biggest clothing brands in the world, with about 22000 employees. The start price of Chanel is $3500, making it well out of reach for the mainstream crowd. Chanel takes the credit for creating the iconic “Little Black Dress” in 1920’s which is ubiquitous even in the modern fashion world. It is without any doubt that we can say, Chanel is one of the very few luxury brands which have withstood the test of times!
7. Dolce & Gabbana?:
Dolce and Gabbana is an Italian brand that also happens to one of the world’s highest earning luxury clothing brands! The popularity of D&G is such that the elite flies down to Italy just to shop their favorite pieces from the exclusive brand outlets and enjoy a ‘premium’ experience. Dolce and Gabbana is owned by Domenco Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, who are established Italian designers. The brand is renowned for making custom-made silhouettes for weddings and parties which are truly one-of-their-kind. Your guess is right! It will cost you atleast thousands of euros to flaunt a D&G outfit!
If you are willing to pay a $1000 for a basic t-shirt, then Givenchy is for you! Givenchy is one of the most famous clothing brands globally, which is associated with luxury and high-end goods. The brand instantly became popular after dressing Audrey Hepburn in the iconic movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. Givenchy is one of the overpriced brands which sells some of the most expensive outfits in the fashion world. If you are ready for a mini heart-attack, then read this! The brand sold its Little Black Dress for a whopping $923,187! Not so ‘little’ anymore!
With a networth of $10.24 Billion dollars, Balenciaga occupies a premium position in the list of most expensive clothing brands of the world. The French high-end designer label is a dominant player in women’s clothing, prized by many celebrities and stars. Balenciagagaves its customers a rude shock when it launched its most expensive “T-Shirt Shirt” in 2018. Guess the price? A $1290 for a basic T-shirt with a long sleeve t-shirt hanging on it. Bizzare, but it worked for the brand! If you still want to own a Balenciaga, then be prepared with a few thousand dollars in your bank account.
Versace is one of the famous high-end clothing brands which every celeb makes sure to own atleast a (dozen) piece! It is an Italian Luxury fashion house founded by Gianni Versace and features its iconic “Medusa Head” logo on almost all of its products. In addition, the brand is renowned for making pure leather suits, red carpet gowns and custom haute couture. The significant aspect of Versace clothing is the Baroque print which lends a timeless vintage appeal. Many celebs are seen flaunting Versace in prominent events like Oscars, Metgala etc.
Giorgio Armani is the eponymous label of the famous Italian design Giorgio Armani. This global fashion brand has a huge popularity among the who’swho of the society for maintaining ‘exclusiveness’. The secret behind its success? – Staying ahead of trends and times! Every ensemble that comes from this line is true reflection of Armani’s aesthetic and fashion sense. While Giorgio Armani is the parent brand which makes Oscar gowns and pricey suits, there are three other sub-brands in the group. These are Emporio Armani, EA7 and A/X Armani Exchange.
Balmain is a French fashion company which is notorious for making some of the most expensive clothing lines in the world. The brand is a dominant player in the luxury goods sector and is the go-to label of many celebs for red carpet events. While the initial designs of Balmain were minimal and sophisticated, the modern comes feature loud prints and patterns to attract the youth. The ‘cheapest’ item you can buy from this brand is a T-shirt which will cost you $1600. Balmain dresses can cost over $20,000, which clearly indicates the brand’s target customer base!
Fendi may be a less heard company than Gucci or Armani, but has a $640 Million Networth in the market. This Italian luxury fashion brand is famous for its handbags and ready-to-wear collection. The company believes in offering quality and opulent goods to its customers by investing in the right materials. The brand underwent major transformation after Karl Lagerfield took position as a creative director and created the signature FF logo. Fendi is known for the extensive usage of animal furs in all its products, which created quite a debate with animal lovers!
14. Salvatore Ferragamo:
Salvatore Ferragamo is an Italian brand that specializes in luxury shoes, clothing and accessories. The brand is the epitome of creativity, elegance and innovation. The ready-to-wear collection for men and women features a lot of dramatic prints, color plays, textures and techniques. The pricing starts at $500 and go up to tens of thousands depending on the intricacies involved. Salvatore Ferragamo is also one of the few high-end clothing brands which openly talk about sustainability. The brand is keen about using recycled materials and transforming them into masterpieces.
15. Ralph Lauren:
Ralph Lauren is an American fashion brand which is famous for its signature Polo Pony logo and the polo T-shirt. The company falls into the luxury good segment which offers ready-to-wear and footwear collections. Many people associated RL with high-end sports wear due to its association with Wimbledon as an official outfitter. On the other side, the brand took care not to lose connections with the glamour world by creating some of the most spectacular red carpet gowns. There is also a whole section which caters to wedding and partywear attires.
Those are the Top 15 most expensive clothing brands in the world which shall remain as a “dream” to millions of people. These companies exemplify the saying “Quality comes with price”! When you own a piece or two from these big names, the sense of confidence in wearing them is undescribable. Don’t you think so?