One of the factors that influence women to shop for luxury brands is when they see their favorite celebrities wearing them. On the other hand, some women feel that wearing them embodies and defines their style and personality. Luxury brands have become a standard for women with status and to those who can afford to buy them. Celebrities, models and royalty have become the ambassadors of these expensive brands.
From jewelries to shoes and fashion houses, here are the top 10 luxury brands that women love.
10. Tiffany & Co.
Tiffany & Co. is a jewelry and silverware corporation founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany and John B. Young in 1827 in New York City. The company is best known for its diamond jewelry especially its diamond engagement rings. Their flagship store in Manhattan, New York City is located at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street. The store is also popular for its window display, which was featured in a film starring Audrey Hepburn titled Breakfast at Tiffany’s. In addition, Tiffany produces trophies for sports events such as the Vince Lombardy Trophy for the NFL, the Major League Soccer championship trophy and the Sprint Cup trophy for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
9. Manolo Blahnik
Manolo Blahnik is a high-end shoe brand named after its creator. The stiletto shoes are Blahnik’s main shoe product since the 1970’s when chunky platform shoes and boots were dominating the fashion scene. The Manolo Blahnik flagship store is located at Old Church Street at Chelsea District in London, which is considered to be one of the city’s fashionable districts. Television’s most popular fashion icon and fictional character Carrie Bradshaw of Sex and the City mentions Manolo Blahnik as her favorite shoe brand.
8. Jimmy Choo
Jimmy Choo is a well-known luxury handmade women’s shoes. Its creator, Choo Yeang Keat, is a Malaysian Chinese who came into a family of shoemakers. The shoe brand came into prominence when it was featured in an eight-page article in the 1998 issue of Vogue Magazine. One of its customers was Princess Diana, which boosted the brand’s popularity. Choo and Tamara Mellon, the accessories editor of British Vogue, founded the Jimmy Choo Ltd.
Versace is one of the world’s leading fashion houses founded in 1978 by Gianni Versace. Aside from clothing, accessories and make-up, the brand also designs home furnishings. After Gianni Versace died in 1997, his sister Donatella Versace became the creative director of the fashion house. Versace frequently appoints celebrities to endorse its products such as Madonna, Demi Moore, Britney Spears, Halle Berry and models Kate Moss and Gisele Bundchen.
Prada is an Italian luxury fashion brand for men and women founded by Mario Prada in 1913. In 1984, the company began its expansion opening stores in prominent shopping districts in New York City, Paris, Florence and Madrid. Their products include ready-to-wear clothes, fashion accessories, leather goods, shoes, perfume, luggage and more. In addition, Prada began designing mobile phones for LG Electronics in 2007, which spawned the “LG Prada (KE850)”, “LG Prada II (KF900)” and “LG Prada 3.0”.
Cartier manufactures and retails exquisite jewelries and watches. It was founded by Louis-Francois Cartier in Paris, France in 1847. Royalty and celebrities are known to wear Cartier jewelries and watches. King Edward II ordered 27 tiaras for his coronation night in 1902. In 1904, Cartier was issued a royal warrant and other royal courts from around the world followed soon after. It has over 200 stores in 125 countries with five flagship stores in Paris, London, New York, Tokyo and Seoul. In February 2012, Cartier hosted a film premiere at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City for its three-and-one-half minute film L’Odyssee de Cartier, which features the brand’s 165 year history.
Gucci is an Italian fashion brand founded by Guccio Gucci in 1921 in Florence. It has 278 stores worldwide. In 1998, Gucci’s “Genius Jeans” was declared as the world’s most expensive pair of jeans by the Guinness World Records in 1998. Gucci donates a percentage of their sales from their special collections to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), a partnership sealed by Gucci and UNICEF in 2005. Moreover, it hosts the annual “Gucci Campaign to Benefit UNICEF”, which supports children affected with HIV/AIDS from the sub-Saharan Africa by providing programs for healthcare, education, clean water and protection.
Hermes manufactures French luxury goods established by Thierry Hermes in 1837. It continues to be a family-owned and operated business specializing in ready-to-wear clothing, leather, lifestyle accessories and perfumes. For 28 years, Jean-Louis Robert Guillame Frederic Dumas-Hermes was the head of the firm until he retired in January 2006. He died in 2010 and his son, Pierre Alexis Dumas became the artistic director. Hermes silk scarves are one of their well-known products often worn by popular personalities such as Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Grace Kelly and Sharon Stone.
2. Louis Vuitton
Louis Vuitton, also known as LV, is a French fashion house named after its creator. Established in 1854, Louis Vuitton specializes in luxury leather goods, clothing, shoes, jewelries and fashion accessories. It has been named as the world’s most valuable luxury brand from 2006 to 2012 with a valuation of 25.9 billion U.S. dollars. However, Louis Vuitton is also one of the most counterfeited brands, which the company handles seriously by employing lawyers and special investigation agencies to pursue offenders worldwide. Like any other fashion houses, Louis Vuitton also appoints celebrities to endorse their products. Some of their celebrity endorsers are Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Angelina Jolie and Gisele Bundchen.
Chanel is a French high fashion brand founded by Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel in 1909 in Paris, France. The brand specializes in ready-to-wear clothes, fashion accessories, perfumes and luxury goods. Some of its popular products are the “Timeless CC” handbag and the Chanel “No. 5” perfume. They have over 310 boutiques operating worldwide. Some of the celebrities who have become the face of Chanel, dubbed as Chanel Girls, include Nicole Kidman, Vanessa Paradis, Audrey Tautou, Keira Knightley and Marilyn Monroe.