Designer Clothing

Designer clothing is clothing that bears the logo of a recognizable fashion designer.

The "designer" whose name is on the label may be:

  • A European couturier, e.g., Chanel, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent
  • A European luxury goods house, e.g., Armani, Gucci, Louis Vuitton
  • An American sportswear label, e.g., Juicy Couture, Joe Boxer, Banana Republic, Coach, The North Face, Pearl Izumi, Golfsmith
  • An American entrepreneur and their eponymous retail brand, e.g., Kate Spade, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Tommy Hilfiger, Vera Wang, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Maria Pinto

When talking about designer clothing, the highly creative and expensive creations of top fashion designers are rarely what is meant.

Rather, designer clothing is typically used to describe clothing that was not designed or made by the top fashion luminary, but bears their name due to a licensing agreement the designer has entered into with a mass market apparel manufacturer. These agreements allow manufacturers of commodity apparel items to sell their wares at a premium price due to the cachet of the designer's name and providing the designer with another income stream.

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