Special Report

The 20 Most Successful American Fashion Brands

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5. Coach
> Founded: 1941
> Parent Company: Tapestry Inc.
> What it sells: Handbags, accessories
> Stores worldwide: 986
> Revenue: $4.27 billion

Miles and Lillian Cahn founded the company in a Manhattan loft in 1941 and made handbags and wallets based on the leather design aesthetic of baseball gloves.

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4. American Eagle Outfitters
> Founded: 1977
> Parent Company: American Eagle Outfitters Inc.
> What it sells: Denim, casual apparel
> Stores worldwide: 1,061
> Revenue: $4.03 billion

American Eagle Outfitters was founded in 1977 by brothers Jerry and Mark Silverman and offers a variety of apparel for men and women.

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3. Gap
> Founded: 1969
> Parent Company: The Gap Inc.
> What it sells: Casual apparel aimed at youth
> Stores worldwide: 1,234
> Revenue: $16.6 billion (parent company)

Husband and wife Doris and Don Fisher opened the first casual clothing Gap store in 1969 in San Francisco because Don couldn’t find a pair of pants that fit. The name refers to the generation gap.

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2. Victoria’s Secret
> Founded: 1977
> Parent Company: L Brands Inc.
> What it sells: Lingerie, undergarments
> Stores worldwide: 1,625
> Revenue: $13.2 billion (parent company)

The company was founded by Roy Raymond, a businessman who was too embarrassed to shop for underwear for his wife at a department store.

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1. Old Navy
> Founded: 1994
> Parent Company: The Gap Inc.
> What it sells: Casual clothes
> Stores worldwide: 1,160
> Revenue: $16.6 billion (parent company)

The maker of jeans, hoodies, hats, tank tops, capris, and other apparel items was named after a bar in Paris.