Today, numerous fashion marketers are following one very strong trend: fast fashion getting faster. And this represents a competitive advantage.

These prior posts also look at fashion activities:


Fast Fashion Getting Faster

Recently, McKinsey & Company did an in-depth study of fast fashion. Highlights of that report follow:

“To get new styles into stores quickly, fashion firms must improve internal collaboration. Tap into consumer insights. And start to digitize the value chain.”

“Burberry and Tom Ford began experimenting with “see now, buy now” in 2016. At that time,  their efforts met with a little skepticism and a lot of excitement. The thinking? Consumers, especially millennials, have become accustomed to instant gratification. And much less willing to wait months to own the latest runway styles. “Fast fashion” firms — such as Forever 21, H&M, Inditex, and Primark — already made replicas of fresh-off-the-runway items. They sold them in stores in a matter of weeks. Thus, consumers rewarded their speed to market. As a result, revenues at those companies rose 8.2 percent in 2017 overall. But overall apparel retail grew only about 3.5 percent in that same period. With a see-now-buy-now sales model, luxury fashion companies, too, could capitalize on the media coverage. Including Fashion Week events in New York, London, Milan, and Paris, and translate the buzz into full-fledged sales campaigns.”


“Broadly speaking, the fashion cycle consists of three phases: planning, design, and product development; sell-in; and production and delivery. The length of each phase varies widely by company. A phase can be as short as 12 weeks or as long as 30.”

Fast Fashion Getting Faster -- Three Stages

Click here to read the full McKinsey report on speeding up the fashion cycle.


One thought on “%1$s”

  1. The fashion industry is constantly changing and it certainly puts a lot of pressure on brands to keep up. We never know what is going to come back into style next. Brands are expected to have all of the new trends in store right away. This is difficult because it does not allow them very much time to design and put out their products. They can’t take too long to do this because if one of the other brands does it before them, they will look like a follower. An example of this in the fashion industry right now is Balenciaga’s Speed Trainers. They came out with these $700 shoes and they instantly became fashions hottest shoe trend. Now, all of the other high-end brands keep coming out with their version of the shoe. The luxury-fashion industry is competitive and companies need to prepare themselves for backlash if their plan is to copy other brands. Fast fashion is continuously getting faster and faster.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.