These are the best fashion brands to work for

Number 1 is pretty surprising

Number 1 is pretty surprising

Always dreamt of having a career in the fashion industry but not sure which brands to send your CV to?

No problem. The Business of Fashion has released its first ever report of the 16 best companies to work for in fashion, to save you the trouble (oh, and just in case you’re wondering, these are the most popular fashion brands on social).

BoF surveyed 2,600 professionals from 190 top companies across the world, and looked at three specific factors: rewards and benefits, leadership and development, and working culture and environment.

Overall, companies came out strongly in the cultures and working environments categories, with an overall satisfaction rate of 76%, and 91% of employees agreed they were part of a strong collaborative team.

However, on BoF found that the industry was lacking in leadership and career development: only 59% of employees said they were satisfied with training opportunities, and 57% were satisfied with the levels of transparency.

We know you’ll be wondering about benefits and rewards too, and the good news is companies offer some good perks, such as share option schemes at Gap and Farfetched, and on-site osteopaths and personal trainers at Berluti and Cotton on Group.

Over at Adidas and H&M, you can also do exchanges with offices around the world. Pretty neat if you like travelling.

Without further ado, here’s the list, so you can start writing up your cover letter right now.

  1. Adidas
  2. Berluti
  3. Calvin Klein
  4. Cotton On Group
  5. FarFetch
  6. Galeries Lafayette
  7. Gap Inc.
  8. Gucci
  9. H&M
  10. Levi Strauss & Co.
  11. Loewe
  12. Nordstrom Inc.
  13. Tommy Hilfiger
  14. Warby Parker
  15. Zalando
  16. Zara
Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.