Recently I was having a casual dinner with my mother and we were talking about the brands and companies she loves. Further into the conversation she dropped a bomb on me by saying that all brands are made by one big secret company that simply puts a different name on the same product and marks it at different prices. She preached that all there is in the world is an optical illusion of brands and companies to convince us we are smart shoppers. I obviously disagreed and went to do research to prove her wrong. To my surprise, on many accounts she was right and on many she was wrong here is a list of the most surprising monopolies I found.
1. Conde Nast: Conde Nast is the magazine headquarters of the world. They own a large arrangement of publications, from GQ to Golf world to Vogue to Style.com. They have 18 magazines in United States, 27 websites and more then 50 apps. To See more of their company click the link below
2.Luxottica: If you haven’t bought your glasses from Costco or Wal-Mart, there’s a very big chance that you have bought Luxottica. The Italian Company makes glasses for companies like Chanel, Versace, Ralph Lauren, Burberry and many others. They also own Ray-Ban, (biggest sunglass company in the world) Sunglass Hut, lens Crafters, and even Eye Med (second biggest eye insurance company.) 60 minutes did a special on this as well. What stood out to me the most was that in 1998 you could buy Ray-Bans for 29.99… (see below for link)
3.Quanta: Quanta is one of the biggest computer manufacturers in Taiwan. This was one of my biggest surprises. One of the biggest arguments among computers is Mac Vs. Pc. Yet Quanta Manufactures most of the Mac products and most of the Pc products. They also manufacture Sony Toshiba and other brands as well.
4.LVMH: Louis Vuitton Moet and Hennessey make both your drinks and your luxury items. They range from Hublot, to Givenchy, Marc Jacobs, Hennessey, and many more.
5.RL: Ralph Lauren is one of the few on the list that did not surprise me as much because aside of Club Monaco most of their brands are transparent about being under the Ralph Lauren Umbrella but do you really know how much there is?
6.Diesel: Diesel, which is usually regarded, as a small brand owns a big amount of high fashion houses like: Dsquared2, Maison martin Margiela, Vivienne Westwood, Marc Jacobs’s menswear. and more.
7.Fossil: Fossil very much surprised me I always thought of them as a little company I can find in the bay. Little did I know that they make watches for Marc Jacobs, Diesel, Burberry, Armani, DKNY, Adidas and many others. They also own Michael Kors. I asked my girlfriend if she would rather have a fossil watch or a MK watch. She looked at me like I was stupid.
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