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88 fashion labels and their name meanings

Feb 27, 2020

Have you always wondered where fashion labels get their names from? Sure, some of them are named after the founder, but the others? Quite a fascinating story is hidden behind many a fire ...

7 For All Mankind

The name of the jeans label is based on a study that allegedly every US citizen owns an average of seven pairs of jeans. If possible, these should all come from one manufacturer and this manufacturer wanted to be 7 For All Mankind. Founded in 2000, the label quickly rose to become one of the most popular American jeans brands and is now represented in over 80 countries.

Acne Studios

The name ACNE is an acronym and stands for A.mbition to C.reate Novel E.xperiences, translated means: The ambition to create new experiences. Acne Studios was founded in 1996 by Swedish designer Jonny Johansson and his friends from the creative industry. Incidentally, the project was originally an amalgamation of a fashion label, advertising agency and film company.


As is well known, the name Adidas is composed of the first and last name of its founder: AdiTheBefore the Second World War, sler and his brother Rudolf began to make sneakers from leather scraps in their laundry room at home. Years later, Adidas is one of the most famous sports brands in the world. The feud between the Dassler brothers is also famous - Adi's brother Rudolf founded the Puma company in 1948.


The Swiss entrepreneur founded in 1922 A.lice Kriemler-S.choch the Akris fashion house in Zurich. Those who are smart will recognize that the name is an acronym of their first letters! Akris is still a family business today and is known for elegant cocktail and evening wear.


The name ASICS stands for the Latin phrase «A.nima S.ana I.n C.orpore S.ano », which translates as:« A healthy mind in a healthy body ». The Japanese sports shoe brand was founded in Kobe in 1949 and is particularly popular with runners.


Balenciaga was founded in 1937 by the Spanish designer Cristóbal Balenciaga in Paris and is now a world-famous fashion company. Incidentally, the label achieved cult status through Grace Kelly, who was a close friend of Cristóbal Balenciaga. By the way: The group also has a well-known variety theater in Paris!


Balmain is a Paris-based fashion and perfume manufacturer founded by Pierre Balmain, which, alongside Dior, is one of the top brands in French haute couture. Founded in 1945, the entire European aristocracy was soon among Balmain's regular customers.


Benetton is known for its colorfulness. The label was founded in 1965 in Ponzano Veneto, Italy by four siblings, Luciano, Gilberto, Guiliana and Carlo. Because it was difficult to create a beautiful name from first names (LuGiGuCa?), The company was named after the family name Benetton.


The two designers Gorden and Rena Merchant thought that your new company should have an Australian name. They named their brand after an Aboriginal word: Billabong means something like Water hole or oasis. The perfect name for a label that specializes in high-quality sports and leisure fashion.


The company with the illustrious name Hugo Boss AG has existed since 1924 and can look back on an eventful company history. As a uniform tailor (e.g. for SS uniforms), the label initially fell into disrepute after the Second World War, but it responsibly came to terms with its past in the 90s and 2000s. Today Boss, named after its founder Hugo Ferdinand Boss, is one of the leading fashion labels in the upscale segment.

Bottega Veneta

The name Bottega Veneta means something like "The shop from Veneto" or "Venetian shop". Founded in 1966 in the province of Veneta, Bottega Veneta is now part of Gucci.


The traditional German company was founded in 1888 under the name Leinweber and produces elegant, sporty fashion. In the 1950s, the brand name BRAX, which is common today, was created from the combination of the Latin word for trousers “Braka” and “Daks”, the name of a British company for which linen weavers primarily produced at that time.


The German shoe label Buffalo was founded in 1979 by Michael Conradi and actually wanted to sell mainly US cowboy boots. Hence the name that refers to the huge herds of bison in the American Midwest. However, the idea with the boots went completely wrong and that's how Buffalo became known in the 90s for sports shoes, especially with the distinctive platform sole.


A name that often causes confusion: Bulgari (written Bvlgari) was founded in 1884 by the Greek silversmith Sotirios Voulgaris. The man later emigrated to Italy, where he called himself Bulgari for better pronunciation. And to make the confusion perfect, the company spells itself according to the classic Latin alphabet, in which the letter U is written as V. But name or not, today Bulgari is the third largest jewelry manufacturer in the world and worth billions.


Burberry is a traditional company that exudes more Britishness than almost any other label. Founded in 1856 by Thomas Burberry, the label quickly became the leading manufacturer of robust Garbadine fabrics, which the founder later patented. Today the distinctive Burberry pattern is famous all over the world.


Founded in 1923 in the American city of Burlington in North Carolina, the label of the same name is best known for its checked socks. In the 70s and 80s, Burlington was especially popular with poppers, a consumer-oriented youth culture. You can recognize real Burlington socks by the small metal button on which the logo is embossed.


In 1847 Louis-Francois Cartier founded a jewelry atelier in Paris and was soon so successful that he himself supplied the French Empress Eugenie with selected pieces. Today Cartier is one of the leading jewelry manufacturers in the world.


The traditional company, founded in 1952, has already dressed fashion icons such as Brigitte Bardot and Jackie Kennedy and is known for its flowing, feminine designs. Chloé was named after a friend of the founder Gaby Aghion.


The Italian label Coccinelle, originally known for its high-quality leather goods, is one of the most famous fashion brands in Italy. The brand name means "ladybug". Hence the logo, by the way.

Comme des Garcons

Comme des Garcons means something like "like boys". Founded in Japan in 1969, Comme des Garcons initially produced androgynous women's fashion with a distressed look. Today CdG is one of the leading avant-garde fashion labels in the world.


The legendary sneaker brand Converse was founded in 1908 by Marquis M. Converse under the name Converse Rubber Shoe Company and soon became known for its practical canvas shoes. From 1917 Converse started producing basketball shoes, the look of which has survived to this day. Since the middle of the 20th century, Converse has mainly stood for a punk grunge look.


Who doesn't know the clunky but ultra-light plastic shoes? The label was founded in 2002 with the idea of ​​selling hygienic, light shoes made of "foam resin". Since the shape of the shoes was reminiscent of crocodiles, they agreed on the brand name Crocs. The rest, as the saying goes, is history.


Desigual is Spanish and means something like unequal or different. And the name says it all for the fashion label founded in 1984. Above all, Desigual stands for colorful, unconventional women's fashion.


The name and label of this jeans brand are primarily intended to create an image. Diesel, the label with the mohawk, has succeeded. The label, founded in 1978, should really remind of the fuel, the Indian head should symbolize wildness and independence. A fitting image for a jeans label that was founded in the rocky 70s!


Anyone called Dior actually has to start a fashion label. Because the name means something like golden - Christian Dior could hardly have come up with a more fitting name for his fashion house founded in 1947.


Dry grain

In 1996 the fashion entrepreneur Marco Götz started his Drykorn label as a pure pants label. Today, the Kitzingen-based brand also sells women's fashion - and extremely successfully. According to the founder Götz, the name Drykorn is a pure fantasy product.


The name of the Canadian label is derived from the first letters of the two founders: The twin brothers Dan and Dean Caten founded their label in 1964 and called it Dsquared², i.e. D to the power of 2.


Bell-bottoms, culottes, batik, long collars - Ellery stands for high-quality vintage design made from fine fabrics. The Australian label is named after its founder Kym Ellery.


Erdem Moralioglu was born in Montreal in 1977 to a Turkish father and launched his fashion label in 2005. With his name as a brand label, the designer wanted to emphasize his Turkish roots.


The name of the Munich high-fashion label goes back to an Irish racehorse. Margareta and Wolfgang Ley founded their label in Aschheim near Munich in 1976 and since both were avid equestrians, the name was probably obvious.


"Esprit is an attitude, not an age" is the motto of the Californian fashion brand, which was founded in 1968 as a hippie label. The motto became the name, or was it the other way around? In any case, Esprit has become an integral part of pedestrian zones in almost every city to this day.


Founded in France in 1986, Etnies is one of the first skater brands in the world. The success story of the French, who moved their company headquarters to California at the end of the 1980s, began with skate shoes, followed by clothing and accessories for skaters, snowboarders and BMX riders. Originally the label was called Ethnics, but due to legal difficulties, a letter was later changed and the name etnies was born.


The couple Gerolamo and Roberta Etro founded their fashion company in Milan in 1983 after years of traveling through India. Their designs and fabrics are therefore also inspired by the colors and patterns of India.


The name of the fashion label Fendi is also a family name. Namely that of the couple Adele and Eduardo Fendi and their five daughters. The design of the logo itself, the two striking FF, however, was designed by Karl Lagerfeld as chief designer at Fendi.



The brand, whose pronunciation everyone literally grabs their teeth at, takes its name from an animal that is native to Sweden, the home of Fjallräven Kanken: the arctic fox was the inspiration for the Swedish outdoor label, which is best known today for its backpacks .


Aldo and Margherita Furlanetto founded a leather goods shop in Bologna in 1955. Later, their children got into the family business and the abbreviation Furla established itself. Furla is still a real family business today and is known for its high quality.

Galvan London

The minimalist evening wear label was originally founded by four women: Sola Harrison, Katherine Holmgren, Carolyn Hodler and Anna-Christin Haas gave a lot of thought to the brand name during the founding phase. Ultimately, they derived the name from the word “to galvanize”, which means “to galvanize”, which means “to improve the surface or also to gold-plating”.


In 1949, Bernhard Gantmacher founded his shirt brand Gant in Connecticut, USA. 70 years later, the shirt manufacturer is considered one of the pioneers of preppy chic, the style that shaped the so-called Ivy League colleges. The brand name? Of course, it is derived from the surname of the founder!


The famous French fashion label was founded by Hubert de Givenchy in Paris in the 1950s and quickly became the favorite of the rich and famous. Givenchy is still a guarantee for high quality and high-priced high-end fashion today. Parisian chic.





Perhaps the most famous fashion and bag label in the world was founded in 1921 by a man with a really fascinating name: the Italian Guccio Gucci worked as an elevator operator at the Hotel Savoy in London, where he could marvel at high society every day. Impressed by their aesthetics, he founded his own company in 1921, a leather goods shop. The rest is history. However, it is unclear how Guccio Gucci himself got his name.


The name Guess means something like “Guess!” In German. The jeans label was founded in 1980 by the brothers Paul and Maurice Marciano, who quickly made the brand a success. By the way, Guess was the first jeans label to produce stone-washed jeans in the 80s!


Unfortunately, the name of the famous luxury label does not go back, as many believe, to the Greek messenger of the gods Hermes, but to the brand founder Thierry Hermès, who was born in Krefeld, then part of France, in 1801.



Horror Vacui

Horror Vacui comes from Latin and is a common term in philosophy. Translated, the term means something like "fear of emptiness" or "fear of nothing". The fashion label of the same name apparently wants to counter this fear and has been offering maximalist, i.e. overloaded, pompous and brightly colored women's fashion since 2014.




Simon Porte Jaquemus is a self-taught fashion designer. In 2018 he added a men's fashion line to his eponymous label.


The name of the Italian sporting goods manufacturer is due to a production error: the company, which was founded in Turin in 1916, had to do with quality defects in production in the mid-1960s. All new, error-free products were therefore stamped with a “K” for the German word “control”. In 1967 the K became the Greek word for K, namely Kappa.


Lacoste with its emblematic crocodile as its logo is considered to be the inventor of the polo shirts and today sells high-quality fashion as well as perfume, glasses, watches and much more. The company was founded in Paris in 1933 by former tennis player René Lacoste.