How many of the style decisions that average guys make are influenced by the desire to exude wealth and power? When they grab that jacket or pin-stripe tie, and when they reach out for that collared shirt or impressive set of silver cuff links, are they trying to be something they’re not?
Maybe, but in reality, what are the richest male clothing designers putting out for men to wear? Furthermore, what are they trying to tell men to look like?
It’s an interesting phenomenon, and worth a look. The numbers are coming from the recent annual billionaire list released by Forbes. It seems that out of the 1,426 (worth a collective 5.4 trillion) incredibly wealthy individuals out there, a fair amount are men who are involved with fashion.
Male Billionaires from the Fashion World 2013
- Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana: Each worth a cool 2 billion, this dynamic duo is among the most premier of Italian designers. You’ll never catch these two in rags, thrift store clothes, are trying to look trendy. They set trends! It’s always top notch, conservative, but don’t be surprised to see their models wearing rustic ($100+) jeans.
- Amancio Ortega: Through the miracles of globalism and fashion this man from Mexico has earned (on the books) close to 60 billion big ones. His ensembles are high-brow with lots of conservative and pretty-boy looks. Each style sports a Clark Kent appeal though that’s astoundingly popular worldwide.
- Giorgia Armani: It’s a name everyone knows, and rightly so. While 8.5 billion doesn’t sound like much compared to Ortega’s 60, Armani’s cologne is always a hit, his accessories are always in style, and his 2013 outerwear series is truly remarkable.
- Phil Knight: Who hasn’t heard of Nike? Just do it already! He’s worth about 14.5 billion, and has a brand that athletic men across the world enjoy. The look is casual, but serious, with plenty of comfortable exercise clothes, and the shoes are awesome!
- Ralph Lauren: It’s the frat boy meets golfer look, with a bit of English polo flare thrown in for good measure. However, it’s great look that countless men can pull of fabulously for a median price.
- Renzo Rosso: Diesel clothing is a bit trendier, but definitely puts off the bad boy vibe as well. Lots of colorful denim, older style jackets, American in essence but with a tried and true European side. Renzo isn’t doing so badly with 3 billion in assets.
When put side by side, all of their styles speak volumes for the modern cosmopolitan look, but with maturity and a tinge of sophistication. None of these brands come cheap, but they really shouldn’t because each one has a place in 21st century fashion. Guys who take their looks seriously should cherry pick and blend together what works best for them.