How Instagram is helping Zara take over the fashion world

Zara is crushing the competition.

The popular fast-fashion brand’s parent company, Intidex, reported strong earnings for the first half of the year, including a 17% increase in net sales and a 7% increase in same store sales.

One reason for Zara’s continual surge might be social media.

Traditional retailers have paled in comparison to fast fashion giants Zara, and even its competitor H&M — in part because of social media outlets, like Instagram.

“Back in the ’80s and ’90s, there wasn’t real access to higher-level fashion,”  Kate Davidson Hudson, co-founder and chief executive of Editorialist, said to The New York Times earlier this year. 

“But now, everybody sees what’s on the runways on social media and on blogs, and everybody’s a critic, and shoppers want it as soon as they see it,” she added. “Brands like Gap just feel very dated.”

But brands like Zara do not. 

 Zara’s unique and highly successful business model keeps the brand’s fashion-conscious consumers coming back for more.

“Unlike fast fashion retailers which have buying teams sourcing current trending fashion from third-party vendors, traditional specialty retailers have design teams creating product they believe is going to be trending 12-months out,” Goldman Sachs researchers wrote.

Additionally, the company keeps very little inventory and frequently restocks with new designs,  Suzy Hansen explained in The New York Times Magazine

As a result, Zara has transformed the way people shop. The company pays attention to today’s demanding consumer who wants to look like the models she sees on Instagram. And at a time like Fashion Week, the impossible — looking like a runway model  — has become a viable reality. Traditional retailers are scrambling to catch up.

Zara’s CEO has reaped the benefits. Amancio Ortega recently surpassed Warrent Buffet to become the second richest man in the world.

 Zara’s shoppers are curious to see what’s coming up next; the store currently has 6.2 million followers on Instagram — starkly more than Gap’s 989,000 followers. Even more people follow Zara than follow Adidas, which has 5.2 million followers — which paltry in comparison to fast fashion behemoth Zara.

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