Madrid — While major industry leaders here say nobody does it better, there are some heirs apparent nipping at Zara’s heels. How close is the competition?
Mango: Spain’s second-largest apparel exporter (women’s only) after Inditex, with 600 stores in 68 countries and forecast retail sales for fiscal 2002 of $1.6 billion. The chain, which manufactures the majority of its merchandise like Inditex, is currently targeting the European market, especially the United Kingdom and France, according to Salvador Vallés, of Mango’s expansion department. "These countries have a potential not yet exploited," he said. In addition, openings are scheduled this year in Bulgaria and Estonia. Last June, the Barcelona-based company opened its first Australian unit for a retail presence on five continents. As for the United States, "We plan to open stores in major American cities by 2005. But nothing is clear yet," said Vallés.
Steve Aoki held a presentation, a runway show and outdoor concert for his men's line Dim Mak. Here's a look from his spring 2018 collection, which was titled "Paradise Found." #wwdfashion #wwdmens (📷: George Chinsee)
"It's really hard sometimes. I think I have a reputation for being really tough and aggressive and pushy but I really am a very shy person who wants to be liked, and that's the conflict constantly. There's something that takes hold - I want people to like me, I don't want to be mean - but if I see something that just cries out to be answered, I go for it," says renowned NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell. (📷: @axeldupeux)