To identify the most fashionable cities in America, 24/7 Wall St. created an index of five measures: the prevalence in each city of the number of fashion-related establishments, the number of luxury brand outlets, fashion company headquarters, trade shows, as well as total employment of fashion designers.
The number of fashion-related establishments was obtained from Yelp and the category includes anything from sportswear and sleepwear stores to vintage clothing and shoe stores.
The number of fashion companies headquartered in each city came from Chain Store Guide’s “Top 100 Apparel Specialty Stores Ranked by Industry Sales.”
To counted stand alone fashion outlets named among the top luxury brands in the world in 2017 by business magazine Ceoworld.
The number of trade shows held in each city in 2018 came from Startup Fashion, an online community that helps independent fashion brands create successful businesses.
The number of fashion designers employed in each MSA’s principal city came from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment Statistics program and is as of May 2017, the most recent data available.
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