Nike retains its crown as the world’s most valuable apparel brand, with a brand value of USD31.3 billion

As the fashion industry continues to evolve, brands like Nike, New Balance, and Celine lead the way with their innovative approaches and resilience.

In today’s ever-changing and fast-paced fashion industry, one brand has retained its crown as the world’s most valuable apparel brand: Nike. With a brand value of USD31.3 billion, Nike continues to dominate the market and set an example for other brands to follow. But what sets Nike apart? How has it managed to maintain its position at the top? Nike’s commitment to sustainability, its innovative approach to fashion, and its dedication to empowering positive change in the sporting world and beyond are key elements in its success.

Nike: A Trailblazer in the Apparel Industry

Nike’s success story with its relentless commitment to innovation, staying ahead of market trends, and establishing extensive partnerships with athletes worldwide. These factors have firmly cemented Nike’s position in the apparel industry. Despite facing challenges and intense competition, Nike has consistently found ways to reinvent itself and remain relevant in the ever-evolving fashion landscape.

Nike’s Sustainable Initiatives

One of the key factors that sets Nike apart is its unwavering dedication to sustainability. Nike has recognized the importance of reducing its environmental impact and has taken significant steps toward achieving this goal. The brand’s “Move to Zero” sustainability campaign has garnered global attention and enhanced global perceptions of Nike’s commitment to sustainability.

With the highest Sustainability Perceptions Value (SPV) in the 2023 apparel ranking at USD 2.3 billion, Nike’s sustainability efforts have garnered global attention.

By actively involving athletes in their sustainability efforts, Nike is inspiring positive change and promoting ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) practices on a global scale. Nike’s commitment to sustainability sets an example for other brands to follow.

New Balance: A Rising Star in the Apparel Industry

Other brands are making waves and capturing consumers’ attention. One such brand is New Balance, which has entered the ranking as a brand to watch. With a brand value of USD 1.8 billion, New Balance has gained popularity and reputation in the sporting industry.

New Balance’s recent partnership with tennis sensation Coco Gauff at the US Open has further boosted its reputation and popularity. As Gauff proudly donned her custom-made ‘Call me Champion’ shirt, New Balance’s positive reputation in the sporting industry soared. The brand’s innovative designs and focus on performance have positioned it as a rising star in the apparel industry.

Varied Performance Among American Brands

While Nike and New Balance have seen success, the same cannot be said for all American brands. Levi’s, The North Face, and Michael Kors have experienced declines in brand value this year globally.

Levi’s, an iconic denim brand, has experienced an 18% reduction in brand value, currently standing at USD 3.2 billion. Supply chain disruptions, concerns related to inflation and economic downturns.

Similarly, The North Face and Michael Kors have both experienced a 17% decrease in brand value this year. These declines have resulted in a drop in their rankings within the industry. It is clear that American brands are facing challenges and must adapt to the changing landscape of the fashion industry.

French Fashion House Celine: Fastest-Growing Apparel Brand

While some American brands are facing challenges, French fashion house Celine has experienced remarkable growth. With a brand value increase of 51% to USD 2.9 billion, Celine has become the fastest-growing apparel brand in the industry.

The creative direction of Hedi Slimane, who was appointed to the brand in 2018, has played a crucial role in Celine’s growth. Slimane’s innovative vision, social media marketing, and advertising campaigns have revitalized the brand and solidified its position in the luxury fashion market. Celine’s success is a testament to the power of the LVMH luxury superpower and its ability to breathe new life into heritage brands.

Resilience of Iconic Luxury Brands

While the fashion industry has faced challenges in the post-pandemic era, iconic luxury brands have remained resilient. Brands like Dior, Louis Vuitton, and Chanel have thrived despite the changing landscape of the industry.

Dior has seen a brand value increase of 46% to USD 13.2 billion, while Louis Vuitton’s brand value has increased by 12% to USD 26.3 billion.

Chanel, too, has experienced a brand value increase of 27% to USD19.4 billion. These brands have been able to uphold their iconic status and retain their customers’ loyalty through promising sales growth and strong brand strengths.

Rolex: The Epitome of Timeless Elegance

When it comes to the strongest apparel brand, Rolex takes the crown. With a brand value increase of 28% to USD10.7 billion, Rolex has become synonymous with luxury and timeless elegance. The brand’s heritage, craftsmanship, and reputation for excellence continue to drive its enduring brand strength.

Other Swiss watch brands have also seen their brand values increase. Omega, with a brand value increase of 13% to USD 4.5 billion, has secured a position in the top 20, while TAG Heuer, with a brand value increase of 6% to USD 2.6 billion, has climbed up to the 36th position. These brands exemplify the enduring strength of Swiss watchmakers in the apparel industry.

Fast Fashion Giants Facing Challenges

While luxury brands thrive, fast fashion giants like H&M and Zara face declining brand values and brand strength. As sustainability becomes increasingly important to consumers, these brands are taking a hit due to their vague communication and lack of transparency regarding sustainability practices.

H&M’s brand value has decreased by 26% to USD 9.4 billion, while Zara’s brand value has decreased by 15% to1 billion. These brands’ weaker brand strengths can be attributwhich useshing” practices, where they engage in misleading sustainability claims to mask cost-saving initiatives. It is clear that fast fashion brands need to reassess their practices and prioritize sustainability to regain consumer trust.


While challenges persist for American brands and fast fashion giants, there are opportunities for growth and success. By prioritizing sustainability, embracing creativity, and staying ahead of market trends, brands can carve their path to success in the ever-changing world of fashion. Nike’s example serves as an inspiration for the industry, demonstrating the importance of sustainability and empowering positive change in the world.

View the full Brand Finance Apparel 50 2023 report here.


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