Fashion lovers, designers, influencers, and observers are familiar with the major fashion capitals in the world. A major debate that’s gone on for decades is the battle for the world’s most fashionable city. While the answer is a bit subjective depending on the person you ask, research shows there is a number one choice.
Based on statistics, Paris is considered number one on the charts with London and New York rounding up the top 3. Paris has the most luxury brands and several fashion institutes, as well as other factors. It’s the home of haute couture and some of the biggest fashion houses in the world like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Dior. Fashion weeks are always iconic, whether summer, fall, or couture week. While roaming around Paris, you will find one-of-a-kind vintage shops that are bursting with history. Two famous places to shop are Saint Honore and Champs-Elysees. Fashion is an important component of Parisian culture.
From a business perspective, Paris is expected to overtake NYC as the world’s leading fashion city by 2025. Information produced by Vogue states that Paris will take over as the reigning fashion champ based on research performed in 4 categories: General economy, fashion economic performance, market capitalism, and industry performance. Other competitors like NYC are losing traction caused by the US-China trade war, where Paris is gaining traction due to Brexit (the withdrawal of the UK from EU and European atomic energy companies, which took place at the end of January this year.
Two huge Paris-based conglomerates are also on the rise, LVMH and Kering. With the influence of these two fashion groups, Paris is steadily anchored and equipped with the glamour it needs to be on top of the pyramid. Throughout history, other fashion cities fluctuate while Paris stays steady and solid. LVMH accounts for nearly half of the top sales of 100 top luxury companies, and that alone speaks volumes.
The other cities of the world certainly have a charm of their own, but Paris, as it is now, is rooted and grounded in success from a creative and a business perspective.
Which city across the globe has your favorite fashion?