LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton
Overall sales: $7.55 billion
Holdings: Le Bon Marche department store; Franck & Fils department store; Parfums Christian Dior; DFS Group at 61.25 percent; Loewe SA; Louis Vuitton Malletier; Berluti; Stefano Bi; Celine; La Belle Jardiniere; Guerlain; Kenzo; Parfums Kenzo; Givenchy; Parfums Givenchy; Christian Lacroix; Fred; Sephora; Marie-Jeanne Godard; Bliss spa and beauty products at 70 percent; La Brosse & Dupont at 48.5 percent; Gant at 24 percent. The Christian Dior fashion house is also controlled by Bernard Arnault, LVMH chairman.

Overall sales: $17.98 billion, plus $1.04 billion from Gucci, of which PPR owns 42 percent
Holdings: Printemps department store chain; the Redcats catalog group, including Redoute, Ellos in Scandinavia and Brylane in the U.S.; Gucci, and Conforoma home furnishings chain.Francois Pinault controls PPR through his Artemis holding company, the assets of which also include Sanofi Beaute’s brands Oscar de la Renta, Van Cleef & Arpels, Roger & Gallet, Fendi and Krizia fragrances, Yves Saint Laurent the Vail Associates Ski Resorts, the Chateau Latour prestige bordeaux winery, Christie’s International PLC, Converse and Florsheim footwear, Samsonite luggage and Culligan water conditioning.

Vendome Luxury Group
Overall sales: $2.44 billion
Holdings: Cartier; Alfred Dunhill; Montblanc; Chloe; Piaget; Baume & Mercier, Panerai; Lancel; Sulka; Purdey, Vacheron Constantin, Seeger and Hackett.

Holding di Partecipazioni Industriali (HdP)
Overall sales: $3.4 billion (estimated)
Holdings: Clothing manufacturer and distributor Gruppo Finanziario Tessile (GFT), which makes collections under license for various designers, including Giorgio Armani Collezione, Joseph Abboud, Antonio Fusco and Calvin Klein Men’s, as well as the Valentino fashion house; a 53.13 percent stake in activewear and footwear company Fila, and a 20 percent stake in Joyce Boutiques, the Hong Kong designer apparel retailer. HdP also owns the publishing house Rizzoli Corriere della Sera.

Prada Holding
Overall sales: $1 billion (estimated)
Holdings: Prada, Jill Sander, Helmut Lang (joint venture)

Jones Apparel Group
Overall sales: $4 billion (pro forma 1999 including Nine West)
Holdings: Jones New York, Evan-Picone, Rena Rowan, Nine West, Polo Jeans Co., Lauren by Ralph Lauren and Ralph by Ralph Lauren and Todd Oldham.

Warnaco Corp.
Overall sales: $1.95 billion
Holdings: Calvin Klein Underwear, Calvin Klein Jeans, CK Kids, ABS, Penhaligon, Lejaby, Bodyslimmers by Nancy Ganz, Warners, Olga, Chaps by Ralph Lauren.

Liz Claiborne Inc.
Overall sales: $2.54 billion
Holdings: Liz Claiborne (including Lizsport, Lizwear and Liz & Co.), Russ, Elisabeth, Dana Buchman, Sigrid Olsen, the DKNY Jeans and Activewear license and Kenneth Cole Women’s license.

Note: All sales figures are for the last fiscal year and do not include all recent acquisitions.