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Fashion brands

Abercrombie & Fitch
Abercrombie & Fitch is a "casual luxury" clothing retailer. The merchandise is sold in the brands' retail stores, catalogs, and online. As of January 2007, the company operated 944 stores in all U.S. states, six stores in Canada and plans to continue expanding in Europe and Japan. The first European store will be opening in London on March 22, 2007.
Banana Republic
Banana Republic is a chain of "casual luxury" clothing stores owned by Gap Inc. Gap Inc. acquired Banana Republic in 1983. The eccentric tourist-oriented items were phased out and were replaced with more of the "casual luxury"-type items for which the brand is currently known.
Benetton Group is a global clothing brand, based in Italy. The company was found in 1965 and named after four members of the Benetton Family. In 1965, the Benettons opened stores in Belluno and in Paris. Their products include womenswear, menswear, childrenswear and underwear and they have recently expanded into toiletries, perfumes, exclusive watches and items for the home such as kitchen accessories and baby products.
Esprit is a brand of apparel, footwear, accessories, jewellery, and housewares, which are under the ESPRIT label. The company is headquartered and managed from Germany, while the Financial- and IR-Office remains in Hong Kong. The company has stores in more than forty countries.
Gap is an American clothing and accessories retailer founded in the late sixties and based in California. The Fishers opened their first shop because they had been frustrated with the lack of decent customer service and fashionable styles at other retailers. The name was chosen over "the generation gap". At the end of 2006, Gap Inc. had approximately 150,000 employees and operated 3,005 stores around the world.
H & M
Hennes & Mauritz is a Swedish clothing company, known for their inexpensive and fashionable clothing offerings. It was established in 1947 by Erling Persson. In 1968 Persson expanded into menswear. Accordingly, he abbreviated the store name to H&M. The Group has more than 1300 stores in 24 different countries and has more than 50,000 employees. H&M worked this past few years with some fashion designers such as Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney and Dutch designers Viktor & Rolf. H&M has also started another collaboration with Madonna.
Le Breve
Le Breve is an independant fashion label based in the UK and formed in 1974. Originally known for jeans it has expanded to gilets, t-shirts, knitwear, jackets and women's clothing (jeans, sweaters, hoodies and jackets).
Levi's is a brand of riveted denim jeans manufactured by Levi Strauss & Co.
Kookai started in 1983 with a simple concept : to supply young women with affordable apparel for their wardrobes. The first stores opened in Europe, Asia and America and Australia. It's clothing line is generally characterised by French fashion trends.
MANGO is a prestigious multinational company dedicated to the design, manufacture and marketing of clothing garments and accessories for women. MANGO has over 5.800 employees, 1.500 of which work at the company's central offices in Palau-Solit i Plegamans (Barcelona).
Miss Sixty
Miss Sixty is a clothing label, based in Italy. It is the female component of the Sixty fashion label.
Morgan de Toi is a clothing brand which was established in 1947 and owned by the French company Morgan SA. At present it has over 600 retail outlets worldwide. Production is vertically integrated and takes place mainly in France. The brand is targeted at women between the ages of 18 and 35.
Pepe Jeans
Pepe Jeans has a presence in several countries around the world. The brand was launched in India in the lat eigthies. It has became one of the most successful brands in the world.
The Replay brand was started by Claudio Buziol in 1978. Specializing in denim, Replay also produces designer clothing and accessories for men, women and children of all age groups. With a total sales of over 230 million Euros, Replay operates in all European markets, the Middle East, Asia and America with products sold in over 50 nations.
Zara is a Spanish brand, the first store opened in 1975 in Spain, where the main headquarter is now. The group has over 3,100 stores around the world in over 70 countries, the Zara format taking around 1,000 of those stores. Today they're the Europe's largest fashion retailer. Zara's concept is to compete with quality brands at affordable prices. In only two weeks, Zara can develop a new product and get it to stores and launches around 10,000 new designs each

Fashion accessories


buy sunglasses
This site explains which sunglasses are best for different face shapes. Also articles on polarized sunglasses, celebrity sunglasses...

Fashion companies producing accessories in addition to clothes

Fashion accessories-only companies

Fashion shoes

Brian Atwood
Fuses elements of art, fashion and culture.
Manolo Blahnik
Spanish fashion designer and label, famous for women shoes with stiletto heels.
Christian Louboutin
French women shoe designer with red leather sole trademark.
Sergio Rossi
Italian designer of shoes and handbags.
American shoe company that makes casual footwear.
Roger Viver
Designer of ladies shoes from the Forties and Fifties.

Fashion jewelry

Van Elly
Young luxury brand that creates contemporary sterling silver jewelry.
Pandora Jewelry
Danish-designed bracelets and necklaces with Pandora charms and beads in silver and/or gold, many with gems.
Norma Rinaudo
Contemporary Jewelry: textiles techniques in metal, silver and semiprecious stones. Handcrafted pieces.
Artistic jewelry and miniature artwork of ancient and oriental inspiration, hand painted on natural silk.

Cool stuff

House of Cool
Loads of gift ideas.

Online shops

More commercially-oriented web sites, often selling multiple brands

Online jewelry shops

Jewelry Wonder (USA)
Online jewelry shop specialized in amber jewelry: necklaces, pendants, bracelets, earrings, rings, and jewelry sets.
Orosilber (India)
Sterling jewelry with rhodium and gold plating, including bracelets, necklaces, pendants, earrings, rings, bangles, cufflinks and wrist watches.
Mudit International (India)
Necklaces in agate, amethyst, quartz, garnet, aventurine, cornelian, lapis lazuli, hematite, iolite, moonstone, peridot, tigereye or rose quartz.
Lac Jewelry (India)
Handicrafts including jewelry, necklaces, bangles, and tables tops.
ShenShina (Argentina)
Jewelry and accessories (in Spanish).
Engagement Rings Melbourne (Australia)
Engagement rings in traditional princess cut, marquis, pear and round cut. Rings are unique for each couple.

Miscellaneous online fashion shops

SpeedVolume (Switzerland)
Design and production of black and white T-shirts.
Jolee Maternity Clothes (Canada)
Classy maternity clothes for the mother-to-be, from formal wear to maternity swimsuits.
Designerclothesonline (United Kingdom)
Specialized in brands such as Ralph Lauren, Guess, DKNY, Burberry, Abercrombie & Fitch.
Zeleb (United Kingdom)
Retailer of evening and party dresses, made to measure.
After Sunset (United Kingdom)
formal attire for weddings, proms, black tie, white tie, ascot and such formal events.
Giovintage (Switzerland)
Vintage bags and belts.
Zone 4 kids (MA, USA)
Specialized in children's formal apparel.
Linkson Jack (United Kingdom)
Menswear store that provides difficult to find accessories (there is for example a deer polishing bone) and clothing. Bespoke ties.

Miscellaneous online shops with section(s) dedicated to fashion items

Shiny (China)
Chinese wholesaler, not just fashion accessories.
Etsy (Japan)
Hand-made items marketplace (including fashion items). It is possible to request customized items.
Bargains Zone (United Kingdom)
Dresses, lingerie, tops, swimwear and plus size (up to 26) clothing. Most products come from outside the United Kingdom.

Miscellaneous online specialized clothing shops

Dance4less (USA)
Manufacturer and distributor of dancewear and dance shoes.
Goth Cloth (United Kingdom)
Goth and alternative fashion and accessories.
Jamie's horse jewelry (USA)
Equestrian themed jewelry website.
Heaven's Disciples Wear (USA)
A Christian clothing label from the Christian entertainment company Heaven's Disciples. Most of their articles promote the company more than the faith.
PeprisMine (India)
Online brand for shirts with 7 sizes along with 4 different sleeve lengths.
! My Ugly Christmas Sweater (USA)
Extravagant and funny holiday sweaters, including customized sweaters (eg with a photo of someone's face).

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