The Millennial Man - Today’s Fashionista
"Antoine Arnault, in blue turtleneck, son of LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault, attends the Berluti menswear show during Paris Fashion Week in January. Getty Images
PARIS— Bernard Arnault built LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton into a luxury-goods empire by selling handbags and dresses to women. Now his son Antoine is targeting an underserved clientele: men, whose spending is increasing faster than that of women.” -Wall Street Journal
In the last 5 years, US millennial’s retail habits have changed dramatically. Days ago, I would have purchased a super small hoodie with a large “FITCH” across the front. But the recession of 2008, took a hit on my wallet and luxury brands. Around the same time, Forever 21 and H&M entered my local mall and revealed a new retail trend: individualization. Coupled with low prices, these retailers became a millennial’s dream destination. My apparel now reflected my personality and style, rather than how much I paid for the shirt. I was my own person, no longer obsessed with ONLY wearing luxury brands. Besides, Abercrombie’s sizing made this 5’1” girl feel obese.
However, I think most retailers have yet to uncover the most recent trend: the Millennial Man - Today’s Fashionista. As the WSJ writes, men’s fashion sales are growing faster than ever. “Between 2009 and 2013, men’s luxury spending increased 55%, compared with 37% for women, according to consultancy Bain & Co.”