We’ll give you a clue: it wasn’t shoes
It’s about the first item ever sold by Zara. Now we all know the Spanish fashion brand is brilliant for shoes, accessories and generally anything like this polka dot dress that’s flying off the shelves.
So we were quite surprised to find out that the first item sold had nothing to do with any of those… because it was a bathrobe.
Refinery29 got a preview of the new documentary Zara: The Story of the World’s Richest Man (founder Amancio Ortega earns $761 a minute FYI), which revealed Ortega started his business making bathrobes.
He used to work at boutique La Maja with Rosalia Mera (who would later become his wife) and her sister and they created a cheaper version of a quilted robe that the store sold.
At the time, women would apparently go shopping in their robes as there was no heating in their houses, so he saw an opportunity to sell them a stylish robe, for a fraction of the cost of other stores.
He started selling them door to door before opening his company, and we all know how the rest of the story goes.
We actually recently got a sneak preview of the AW17 collection, which includes luxe velvet robes, so it certainly seems like Zara has gone full circle.