Zara Masters the Art of Retail | The Beast File

Subscribe for more Hungry Beast: Meet Zara: the Spanish company at the forefront of Fast Fashion, where speed and disposability are the new black. Launched in 1975, Zara now has almost 2000 stores in 77 countries. Its parent company, Inditex, turned over $17 billion last year, helping reclusive founder Amancio Ortega — a railway worker’s son — become the 7th richest man in the world. Zara’s HQ is a futuristic building known as “The Cube” in La Coruña, northwestern Spain. From there, staff churn out 30,000 designs a year, near carbon copies of fashion’s big names. Lightning-fast, locally-targeted designs are Zara’s specialty: when Madonna played three weeks of European concerts in 2001, teenage girls went to her later shows wearing knock-offs of the outfit f

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