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Daily Context: Who Owns Who in Fashion?

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Besides stylish clothes and beautiful paper, fashion is a multibillion dollar business. And like any other major-grossing creative industry, there are artists and there are labels, and then there are companies and corporations that sometimes own them, forming conglomerates as they buy up other designers and labels to add to their portfolio.

    And while talk of conglomerates and acquisitions may seem a tad too insider-y, it's actually quite dishy, especially given the recent flare-ups between Hermès, the mostly family-owned French fashion house, and LVMH, the world's largest luxury conglomerate which recently—and somewhat underhandedly—acquired a 17.1 percent stake in the company. A manager for the Hermès family responded by calling LVMH a "mosquito buzzing around," in addition to making other public comments to the conglomerate that basically sum up to this: back off.

    Furthermore, at this week's opening party for a new Hermès store in Paris, the Hermès family invited Salma Hayak, who just so happens to be married to François-Henri Pinault, owner of PPR, the luxury holding company behind Gucci Group—and LVMH's biggest rival—to the event. While Hayak is a fixture at many a fashion fete, this particular invite was clearly a strategic one on the part of Hermès. Whether or not a hostile takeover actually occurs between LVMH and the french label, it's safe to say that things are definitely hostile.

    Here's a primer on fashion's largest conglomerates—and what they own:

    LVMH
    Louis Vuitton
    Celine
    Givenchy
    Marc Jacobs
    Fendi
    Donna Karan
    Emilio Pucci
    TAG Heuer

    *LVMH also recently acquired a sizable amount of eco-fashion label Edun
    **Christian Dior is owned by Groupe Arnault, which has over a stake of over 40 percent in LVMH, meaning that Christian Dior and LVMH have same owner ties, but one doesn't necessarily own the other.


    PPR
    Gucci Group, which owns:
        Gucci
        Stella McCartney
        Alexander McQueen
        Yves Saint Laurent
        Bottega Veneta
        Balenciaga
        Sergio Rossi   
    Puma

    Richemont

    Chloe
    Cartier
    Lancel
    Van Cleef & Arpels
    Net-a-Porter

    Valentino Group

    Valentino
    Proenza Schouler
    M Missoni

    Diesel
    Viktor & Rolf
    Maison Martin Margiela
    DSquared2