Best Luxury Fashion Logos Explained

Fashion trends may come and go, but a logo should stick. The best fashion logos tend to be the ones that have potential to become iconic.

The ever-changing fashion industry makes branding especially important—a good logo allows customers identify products.

A well-designed fashion logo can impact your brand’s perceived value.

Whether you’re designing your logo for the first time, or redesigning it, you can learn best practices from top designer brands.

Here’s my list of top fashion brands and their logo analysis.

Best Fashion Logos


Best Fashion Logos

  1. Gucci
  2. Fendi
  3. Versace
  4. Coach
  5. Louis Vuitton
  6. Dolce & Gabbana
  7. Burberry
  8. Givenchy
  9. Giorgio Armani
  10. Jimmy Choo

1. Gucci

Gucci, the Italian fashion label, is probably the most desired luxury brand in the world.

The two interlocking “G”s stand for the founder’s name: Guccio Gucci.

Because this pictorial mark uses a single color, it’s very adaptive to different mediums.

Gucci logo explained

Gucci uses multiple variations of this lettermark in fabric patterns or as a bag or belt closure.

The initials overlap cleverly in the middle making it an interesting mark – we call this graphic treatment a monogram.

A monogram is simply a motif made by overlapping or combining two or more letters that are usually initials of the founder—fashion designer.

The Gucci monogram is symmetrical, which means you can flip the left part to get the right one and vice versa.

I described Gucci logo history in my another article in great detail.


2. Fendi

Fendi is a well-known Italian fashion house established in 1925 by Edoardo and Adele Fendi.

The “double F” logo stands for the founders’ last names: Edoardo & Adele Fendi.

The Fendi logo is a combination of two reverse ‘F’ letters.

Fendi logo explained

Similarly to Gucci, Fendi plays off the the first letter of the company name to create an interesting monogram.

However, in this case the “F” letter is flipped vertically and horizontally at the same time, or just rotated by 190 degrees if you wish.

Because of the “F’ letter shape, this treatment makes more sense here as probably in any other case.

Fendi monogram is featured on majority of designs: clothing, belt buckles, handbags, sunglasses, etc.


3. Versace

Versace, is an Italian luxury fashion company and trade name founded by Gianni Versace in 1978.

The Versace logo features Medusa head, a Greek mythological figure.

The border around it comes from Greek mythology as well, and you can find it deeply engraved in Greek culture.

Versace logo explained

The founder Gianni Versace chose Medusa as the logo because as the story tells, she makes people fall in love with her with no way back.

Gianni hoped that the Medusa would have the same effect on people who wore his clothes and accessories.

The Medusa comes from the floor of ruins where the founder and its siblings used to play as children.


4. Coach

Coach, unlike most luxury fashion brands, wasn’t originated in Italy or France but was established in 1941 in New York.

The Coach logo features the image of a horse and carriage that tells the authentic story of its origins.

The Coach logo was designed by Bonny Cashin, a famous fashion designer and artist.

Coach logo explained

Why carriage? – Because coach is originally a large, usually closed, four-wheeled carriage with two or more horses harnessed as a team, controlled by a coachman.

Therefore the carriage element is appropriate for the logo and it also carries impression of luxury, royalty, and elegance.

The company name is written in a custom serif typeface, which is quite attractive and effective.


5. Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton is a top luxury fashion brand that started as luggage business in Paris, France in 1854.

The interlocking “L” and “V” are probably the most famous monogram in the world.

The monogram was designed by Louis Vuitton’s son, Georges Vuitton, in 1896 as a way to brand his luggage business.

Louis Vuitton logo explainedThis monogram doesn’t play of reflection or rotation like Gucci or Fendi describe earlier in this article, but instead takes a different approach.

The logo designer found a unique way to create a monogram—an italicized serif “L” is set slightly to the left and bottom of a capitalized “V”.

Learn more about the history of the famous LV monogram on Vogue.


6. Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana was founded in 1985 by the two Italian designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana.

The “DG” logo features the last name initials of the two founders Dolce & Gabbana.

The logo has a very minimalistic design and it doesn’t create a monogram like other fashion brands.

Dolce & Gabbana logo explained

Instead the initials are set in a modern sans serif typeface that carries a distinctive and visually appealing Baroque aesthetic.

It makes it a perfect combination of great functionality and minimalistic design approach.

What’s the font used in the Dolce & Gabbana logo?—it’s a slightly modified version of the popular Futura typeface.


7. Burberry

Burberry is a British luxury fashion house established in 1856 by Thomas Burberry.

Burberry got rid of its famous Equestrian Knight in favor of simple sans serif wordmark.

Burberry released the new logo and monogram in August 2018 created by graphic designer Peter Saville.

Burberry logo explained

The new minimalistic Burberry wordmark simply states the brand name in all caps followed by smaller “London England” underneath.

It’s a bid and bold move, given the equity build around the old logo.

However as the designer explains – its purpose is to move the brand into the digital 21th century.

And as far the new digital look seems to pay off giving Burberry the boost in sales it needed.


8. Givenchy

Givenchy is a French luxury fashion house founded in 1952 by designer Hubert de Givenchy.

Givenchy mark consist of quadruple “G” forming a square—Celtic motifs

The current Givenchy logo was designed by Paul Barnes in 2003.

Givenchy logo explained

The logo is visually interesting but rather simple at the same time.

It consists of a quadruple ‘G’ forming a larger square.

The logo reminds of Celtic jewelry with a similar kind of rotational design.


9. Giorgio Armani

Giorgio Armani is a luxury fashion house founded by Giorgio Armani in 1975 in Milan, Italy.

The Armani eagle looking right is a symbol of quality and supremacy.

Togo is simply an eagle looking to the right—meaning correct direction or forward thinking if you will.

Giorgio Armani logo explained

The logo pursues a highly simplistic and elegant design approach with basic black and white color palette, giving it a classy impression.

The Giorgio Armani logo is considered to be a prime example of a minimalist yet elegant logo design.


10. Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo is a British high fashion house specializing in luxury good, mostly known for its women shoe collections.

The logo is a straightforward yet sophisticated wordmark set in a custom serif typeface.

The Jimmy Choo logo contains letters made up of thin strokes that are grounded by the addition of small serifs.

Jimmy Choo logo explained

In the logo, the “J” curls up in a fluid motion that adds some flair to it and the O’s are completely circular letters that are much wider than the others.

The roundness of the double O’s is balanced by the thinness of the double M’s in the first part of the logo making the two words similar in length.

All this helps the logo depict grace, elegance, and a little stylish flair.


Conclusions

Most fashion brands use classic white and black color palette.

And most brands use some sort of a unique monogram that lends itself to a pattern.

So that it can be used on clothes and accessories to bring awareness.

You fashion logo should be unique yet simple enough to work well on clothes and accessories.

What is your favorite fashion brand?—Do you buy clothes simply for the logo?

We wore those luxury fashion logos mostly as a symbol of status.

Would you agree or disagree?

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