15 Top Clothing Brands for Your Online Store in 2021

Tony

Thinking about starting an online business for selling branded clothing and accessories? You are thinking wisely. The luxury goods market now counts US$321,969m, and it’s expected to grow by 4.78% annually. This is a huge advantage for those eager to sell luxury items online this and the upcoming years.

If you want to enter the market of luxury items, you will need a powerful strategy to catch online shoppers’ attention. How to do that?

The foremost thing to do is to keep up to date with the latest trends. Offering products that are trending will attract customers and will keep your online store at the forefront. In this article, we will talk precisely about the top clothing brands in the luxury market. This will help you get to know the industry and the top fashion brands better.

Now that we are well into 2021, it’s time to look at which will be the top clothing brands. Furthermore, for the years to come.

Why do we say ‘the years to come’? Because, when talking about fashion, one thing stays forever – tradition. Brands and designers, such as Dolce & Gabbana, and Roberto Cavalli are examples of brands that wear the crown. These luxury fashion brands bring with them timeless appeal and only a miracle can take them away from the throne.

People don’t just want to buy an ordinary stylish item. They want to own a branded piece, something that defines the finest quality and spells luxury and elegance. This is exactly what Lagerfeld, Ferre, Hilfiger, and Dolce & Gabbana have achieved. So, let’s see which will be the top clothing brands in 2021.

Dolce and Gabbana

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana created a world-famous clothing brand that even after 35 years still is a synonym of Italian fashion and luxury. Without a doubt, Dolce & Gabbana is the favorite luxury fashion house of many. Their collections are still among the best-selling clothing brands. Furthermore, it is projected that their popularity will continue in the years to come. Even on Instagram, the place where the majority of fashion admirers hang today, Dolce & Gabbana is second on the list of most-followed Italian fashion brands.

Described by its fans as classy, unique, and good-quality, Dolce & Gabbana’s fashion items sell like hotcakes. In 2018, the fashion house’s sales were valued at 1.3 billion euros. This is the reason why Dolce and Gabbana is a premium brand that is trending without a break.

Adding some of the fashion collections from Dolce and Gabbana in your store will attract numerous visitors and shoppers and will increase your profits.

Versace

The second on our list of top clothing brands is Versace. Gianni Versace established one of the most famous luxury and best-selling clothing brands in 1978 under the name Gianni Versace Donna. It became recognized as the brand with innovative designs with flashy prints and vivid colors. Gianni Versace was considered one of the first designers ‘to link fashion to the music world’. After his death in 1997, his siblings Donatella Versace and Santo Versace inherited the fashion empire.

In 2018, Donatella Versace sold the company to Capri Holdings Limited but remained its chief creative officer. The same year, Versace’s officials announced that in order to preserve the environment, they would stop using animal fur for their clothing lines.

Today, Versace’s collections are available for purchase all over the world and are one of the best-selling fashion items.

Armani

Founded back in 1975, Giorgio Armani’s fashion house is based in the fashion capital of the world, Milan, Italy. This luxury fashion brand is known for its high-end, ready-to-wear women’s and men’s clothing, shoes, and accessories. According to the latest data, the fashion house has 7,309 employees.

Armani’s annual revenue amounted to 2.1 billion euros in 2018. The fashion house has several labels including Giorgio Armani Privé, Giorgio Armani, Armani Collezioni, Emporio Armani, and Armani Jeans.

Armani’s items are popular among both women and men, so having them in your product collection would be a winning deal.

Michael Kors

Founded in 1981 by the American fashion designer Michael Kors, this luxury fashion house, now under the name of Capri Holdings Limited, specializes in selling women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, high-end clothing, accessories, and jewelry. Today, Capri Holdings Limited’s subsidiaries include Michael Kors, Versace, and Jimmy Choo. The latest data on the company’s annual global revenue amounted to 5.55 billion U.S. dollars.

Michael Kors is widely recognized for its popular trendy handbags worn by women across the globe. So, if you decide to supply your online store with some of its high-quality and stylish clothing and accessories, you surely will bloom in the dropshipping industry.

Balmain

Pierre Balmain founded one of the oldest French luxury fashion clothing brands back in 1945. Today, Balmain operates 16 stores at several locations including, London, Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas, and Miami. Numerous celebrities and fashion icons such as Ava Gardner and Brigitte Bardot wore outfits chosen by one of the best French fashion designers, Balmain.

After several lead designer changes throughout the years, in 2011, Balmain chose Olivier Rousteing as its creative director. This Cavalli-taught designer brought finer aspects of the French couture into the luxury clothing collections. It’s interesting to note that, since Rousteing’s arrival, Balmain’s menswear now accounts for 40 percent of the company’s revenue.

Roberto Cavalli

Another luxury Italian fashion brand, founded by Roberto Cavalli in 1975. Until today, Roberto Cavalli remains the very definition of luxury clothing and accessories. Everyone owning an online store for luxury clothing doesn’t overlook the famous ‘Just Cavalli’ label.

This Italian brand is praised for its exotic branded fashion clothing that tends to differ from the fashion clothing in many ways. That is the reason why Roberto Cavalli is famous for dressing up many supermodels, such as Laetitia Casta and Karolina Kurkova.

Karl Lagerfeld

The fashion icon that will be remembered for revolutionizing many fashion houses, as well as turning his own into an empire – Karl Lagerfeld. Many fashion designers were honored to collaborate with the major German fashion designer, artist, and photographer, as he was a true inspiration in the fashion world.

One survey about the favorite fashion designers in France in 2018 showed that Karl Lagerfeld was the second preferred designer, right after Jean-Paul Gaultier. These facts speak of his popularity in the fashion world, and the affection that both women and men have for him. Lagerfeld’s clothing and accessories remain one of the best-selling fashion items to this day.

Moschino

With over 150 worldwide boutiques, Moschino is considered the 47th most popular luxury brand in the world. Founded in 1983 by Franco Moschino, this brand became another symbol of Italian fashion. In the 1990s, Moschino’s luxury items were celebrated as colorful and innovative designs with an eccentric edge.

After Franco Moschino’s death in 1994, Rossella Jardini, his former assistant, became the creative director of the famous brand. She worked at Moschino until 2013. Later that year, the American fashion designer Jeremy Scott became the creative director and sole owner of Moschino.

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Jeremy Scott is the person behind the brand’s wildly creative designs that are worn by many street fashionists and celebrities. His designs evoke Franco Moschino’s sense of humor, who is one of his role models.

Prada

Founded by Mario Prada in 1913, Prada is one of the oldest Italian fashion houses that is a synonym of luxury even today. Prada ranks third on the list of the most followed fashion brands on Instagram. This talks about its present popularity among contemporary fashion admirer.,

Today, Prada counts over 12.000 employees and has annual revenues of over $4 billion. It still remains an example of high-end fashion luxury brands, highly appreciated worldwide. The most popular Prada items are the backpacks for women and men that were first released in the ’70s under Muccia Prada’s lead.

Tommy Hilfiger

The renowned American fashion brand for apparel, footwear, and accessories founded in 1985 by the fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger. With global annual sales of over $7 billion, this luxury clothing company today is sold in more than 100 countries across the globe. Described as classy and stylish, Tommy Hilfiger is the 38th most popular fashion brand.

Tommy Hilfiger is one of the top-selling clothing brands that you mustn’t forget to feature in your online store. His collections would be an excellent accessory to your luxury collections of clothing.

Gucci

Guccio Gucci founded the famous Italian luxury brand Gucci back in 1921. Even today, it stands as an international status symbol, worn by a myriad of people. This iconic brand is regularly listed in the ‘Top 100 Global Brands’ according to the famous marketing consultant firm Interbrand.

With annual sales of over $7.1 billion, Gucci will remain among the top 50 most valuable brands in 2021. Operating with almost 300 brick-and-mortar stores worldwide, and offering wholesale options to department stores, the Florence-based designer clothing company is showcased by Rihanna, Brad Pitt, Kate Moss, Lil Wayne, and other celebrities.

Furthermore, the fashion house has a strong digital presence and holds first place on the list of most-followed Italian brands on Instagram with 40.6 million followers. What makes the brand so popular even today is the new contemporary approach it presents under the direction of its creative director Alessandro Michele.

Fendi

No wonder we’ve got yet another Italian luxury fashion house on the list. Fendi focuses mostly on leather products, shoes, eyewear, and other accessories. Existing for almost a century now, this Rome-based designer house used to have Karl Lagerfeld as one of its creative directors.

The small shoulder Baguette handbag that Carrie Bradshaw wore in Sex and the City, is a design by Silvia Fendi back in the 90s. The Fendi logo symbolizes ‘FF’, and it originally stood for ‘fun fur’. However, Fendi now focuses more on animal-friendly clothing made of silk and cotton.

Chloé

One of the most famous and top-selling French luxury clothing brands is Chloé. Founded in 1952 by Gaby Aghion, through all these years, major celebrities and fashion icons have worn Chloé. In fact, Chloé’s dresses are famous for being the favorite event detail by celebrities such as Madonna, Marion Cotillard, Cameron Diaz, and Katie Holmes.

One thing that is common for both Stella McCartney and Karl Lagerfeld is that they were both head designers at Chloé at one time. Chloé’s current head designer, Natacha Ramsay-Levi, is responsible for transforming the company into something that most of us can buy and wear, with streetwear-inspired collections. Due to this contemporary redefinition, this French brand now is a symbol of freedom and femininity.

Ermanno Scervino

One of Italy’s youngest fashion brands, founded in 2000, Ermanno Scervino is an unusual two-designer combination that greatly resembles Dolce & Gabbana. Behind this successful brand stand the famous partners Toni Scervino and Ermanno Daelli. The brand has grown so big, it currently has almost 40 stores around the world and employs over 1200 people.

As is with some Italian luxury clothing brands, Ermanno Scervino exclusively manufactures all its products in Italy. They design and manufacture both men’s and women’s fashion pieces. If you are looking for casual clothing and accessories for both women and men,  Ermanno Scervino has some of the best pieces.

DKNY

One of the “younger” brands on the list, DKNY, has been around since 1984 and is based in New York’s heart, Manhattan. Its founder, Donna Karan collaborated with Anne Klein before deciding to start on her own.

DKNY is creating luxury clothing for both women and men with a touch of inspiration from the 80s fashion. In recent times, the brand launched several labels, including DKNY Jeans, DKNY Kids, DKNY Men, DKNY Underwear, and others. The fashion house is currently operating with over 70 stores worldwide.

To sum up

These luxury clothing brands and designers are a symbol of high-end fashion anywhere in the world. Not only will they be the top clothing brands in 2021, but in the years to come. The fashion industry is ever-changing and new trends are emerging. However, these names will always stand out with their timeless, one-of-a-kind designs and premium quality.

Having said this, if you are thinking about starting an online store for luxury clothing, ensure to offer some of these brands. Undoubtedly, all fashion enthusiasts who appreciate and respect these influential names in the fashion industry will recognize your store.

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3 responses to “15 Top Clothing Brands for Your Online Store in 2021

    1. I think Zara is way bigger than a lot of the companies listed here. But, I am surprised Gucci didn’t make it on here.

      1. Zara isn’t considered luxury clothing because:

        1. It’s a modern brand, not one with tradition and history
        2. It’s available to the majority of the population, thus having bigger revenue and profits in the past few years
        3. It’s considered a mid-range brand

        This list is created to highlight the importance of traditional brands, and not modern ones. You’ll almost never see famous celebrities wearing Zara creations on the red carpet. I hope this answer clarifies things a bit.

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