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This time, we are already on the updates and list of “B” initials fashion brands. This is the Republic of Best “B” Fashion Brands. In these group of fashion brands, there are some brands here that categorizes their fashion apparels into their signature products such in clothes only, bags only, watches only, and etc. These “B” Brands are Burberry, Balenciaga, Bulgari, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Brioni, and Byblos. I know there are still lot of Fashion brands who are starts with letter B. But I just choose some of the most wanted brands who are “IN” in the fashion cities worldwide.
Burberry was founded by Thomas Burberry (1835-1926), the inventor of the Burberry waterproof coat. The origin of the term “Burberry” to describe the famous waterproof garments is thought to have derived from the fact that Edward VII was in the habit of commanding, “Give me my Burberry,” although Burberry himself had christened his invention “Gabardinee.” The original shooting and fishing garments were produced in response to the perceived need for the ideal waterproof—one that would withstand wind and rain to a reasonable degree and yet allow air to reach the body. From Thomas Burberry’s original drapery shop in Basingstoke, Hampshire, in 1856 to the opening of its prestigious premises in London’s Haymarket in 1891, Burberry has employed what the trade journal Men’s Wear of June 1904 termed “splendid advertising media” to promote their clothing. Some of the earliest advertising read, “T. Burberry’s Gabardinee—for India and the Colonies is the most suitable of materials. It resists hot and cold winds, rain or thorns, and forms a splendid top garment for the coldest climates.”
Spanish-inspired Balenciaga has been desired above all since 1918, when Cristóbal Balenciaga launched his first boutique in the small Spanish town of San Sebastian, introducing couture bubble skirts and unusual feminine, yet mega-modern shapes, to the fashion world. It didn’t take long for the locals to take the designs under their wing and their new found taste helped the company expand to embrace additional stores in Madrid and Barcelona. After some time, Balenciaga was being worn by the Spanish Royal family and the aristocracy. However, to the deep dismay of his beloved clients, the Spanish Civil War forced the designer to close his stores. Balenciaga’s modern elegance has probably made one of the biggest impacts in fashion. To this day, his designs remain popular among the elite such as art mogul Yvonne Force and actress Chloe Sevigny. His finely sculptured pieces have and will continue to leave a prominent mark on haute couture.
Sotorio Bulgari immigrated to Italy from Greece in 1884 where he opened his first shop in Via Sistina in Rome. With the help of his sons Constantino and Giorgio Bulgari opened Via Condotti and in 1950 BVLGARI came into international attention when they began to make innovative jewelry for some of the most famous women, including the actress Elizabeth Taylor. Today Nicola and Paolo Bulgari are assisted by their nephew Francesco Trapani for the creation of unique fine jewelry and perfumes. Bulgari opened its first international locations in New York City, Paris, Geneva and Monte Carlo in the 1970s. For many years the company maintained a showroom in New York’s The Pierre Hotel. Today Bulgari has more than 230 retail locations worldwide. In 1984 Sotirios’ grandsons Paolo and Nicola Bulgari were named Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the company and nephew Francesco Trapani was named CEO. Trapani’s goal to diversify the company was started in the early 1990s with the release of the Bulgari perfume line. Under his tenure the company has established itself as a luxury goods brand recognized throughout the world. In 1995 the company was listed on the Borsa Italiana. The company has seen 150% revenue growth between 1997 and 2003. Currently outside investors hold about 45% of the company’s stock.
Banana Republic was a creative fashion adventure in the United States that began when writer Mel Ziegler needed a new jacket. He wanted one without extraneous zippers or buttons, and not made in bright-colored polyester. While on assignment in Sydney, Australia, he bought three British Burma jackets. His wife Patricia, an artist, restyled the three jackets into one, using the various parts to make necessary repairs. She added elbow patches, horn buttons, and a wood buckle. Friends and acquaintances liked Mel’s “new” jacket and inquired about purchasing one. It seems other people wanted clothing that was usable and stylish, without designer labels. Seeing a potential market, the Zieglers set off in search of army surplus and other items that could be converted into usable clothing. They traveled to South America, Africa, London, and Madrid, searching out usable goods. According to their book Banana Republic Guide to Travel and Safari Clothing, their motto became, “in surplus we trust.”
Brooks Brothers Inc., a subsidiary of the British firm Marks & Spencer PLC, operates a chain of clothing stores in the United States. A traditional source of suits and accessories for conservative businessmen, Brooks Brothers is also a traditional choice for sportswear. Both for business and leisure, its classic styles derive from English models, often dating back to the 19th century. In the last years of the 20th century, however, its sportswear, in particular, took on a more casual, contemporary look. Brooks Brothers also carries merchandise for women and children. The chain included almost 100 retail stores in 1996 and at least 26 outlet units selling merchandise at a discount. Most of its goods were being supplied by outside sources.
Brioni was the definitive Roman tailoring establishment of the “Continental look” of the 1950s. The silhouette was immediately identifiable, with its pitched shoulders, tapered waist, and narrow hips and trousers, suggesting the architectural purity and astringency of the postwar Italian aesthetic. Brioni’s sensitive tailoring was also one of the first postwar softenings of men’s tailored clothing, bringing immediate pliability in slim silhouette and delicate drapery. The fabrics advocated by Fonticoli and Savini were borrowed from womenswear for a beautiful hand and lush suppleness which also brought color to the sober traditions of men’s tailoring. American film stars such as Clark Gable, Henry Fonda, John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, and others had suits custom-made by Brioni— these avatars of masculinity were important in introducing American men in particular to the comfort of Brioni’s labor-intensive and meticulous tailoring.
Byblos takes its name from a hotel in St. Tropez, France. Since its inception in 1973, it has been a kind of international grand hotel of design, starting with a group of stylists, then engaging the Milanese Gianni Versace as designer from 1975 to 1976, then Frenchman Guy Paulin, and finally Keith Varty from the Royal College of Art in London via a period in Paris at Dorothée Bis with Alan Cleaver. Varty and Cleaver became the personification of Byblos objectives: a young line, international, with panache, and a carefree, optimistic nonchalance. In the 1980s, the market-acute colorful palettes and relaxed resort-influenced informality of Cleaver and Varty for Byblos became a young lingua franca in fashion for the twenty something and thirty something generations. In March 2001, Byblos announced two new creative directors, Martine Sitbon for women and Sandy Dalal for men. Paris-based Sitbon was recognized for her use of graphic prints and according to Women’s Wear Daily, “a style that blends rock ‘n’ roll with romance.” The 24-year-old Milan-based Dalal, who planned to continue his own signature collection in addition to his work for Byblos, told DNR (21 March 2001) that he looked forward “to reinterpreting the essence of the roots from which Byblos began: playful, sexy, colorful clothes.” Debut collections were expected from the designers for spring 2002.