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The fast fashion phenomenon: Luxury fashion brands responding to fast fashion
University of Borås, Swedish School of Textiles.
University of Borås, Swedish School of Textiles.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
Abstract [en]

Purpose: The purpose of this thesis has been to study, describe and analyze how luxury fashion brands have responded to fast fashion. Background: It has been stated that the life of luxury fashion brands has become more difficult since the proliferation of fast fashion brands. The Italian luxury fashion designer Giorgio Armani has said that "Fast fashion is a growing reality in our sector". Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of American Vogue has credited Zara for creating a ‘seasonless cycle for fashion’. Fast fashion brands such as H&M, Zara, Mango and Topshop have through interpreting catwalk trends with a speedy time-to-market been extremely successful at attracting the fashion conscious consumer. Even loyal high-end customers have started to mix their luxury fashion with fast fashion. Luxury fashion brands once dismissed the fast fashion brands as irrelevant to their high-end business, which however have started to drain away sales from the luxury fashion brands. Method: A qualitative research approach was taken to meet the purpose of collecting the relevant data. An interview was made with PR and Marketing Manager at Group 88, Robert Meeder who manages brands such as Gucci, Burberry and Bottega Veneta in Copenhagen. We also did a content analysis on articles collected that address the issue of how different luxury fashion brands have responded to fast fashion for the empirical study. Conclusion: Luxury fashion brands have responded to fast fashion by inclining towards the fast fashion model or reacting against it. Some of the reactions have been to offer lower priced lines under their own sub-brands. They have also allowed their customers to buy products during online webcasts in order to ensure early deliveries. Improvements have been made within logistics in order to speed up the time-to-market. The luxury fashion brands are also working more ‘seasonless’ than before and focusing on their heritage to portray a slower and more indulgent image to the consumer.

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University of Borås/Swedish School of Textiles , 2011.
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Magisteruppsats ; 2011.13.9
Keywords [en]
fast fashion, luxury fashion, responding, high-end, H&M, zara, burberry
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Design
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-20850Local ID: 2320/9241OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-20850DiVA, id: diva2:1312784
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Program: Magisterutbildning i Fashion ManagementAvailable from: 2019-04-30 Created: 2019-04-30

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