I'm a big lover of a bit of retail therapy and bagging myself a bargain while I'm at it. Just the other week I wandered up and down Princes Street in Edinburgh quite in my element browsing all the High Street stores. There was so much different things on offer but there's no doubt you can see a lot of trends weaving their way through each store. It's a little wonder when the High Street is dominated by 4 main companies; Arcadia, Gap Inc, Inditex and H&M.
It's not something I'd ever though of until I came across a bit of research, in the handy little infographic form, by MyVoucherCodes. The one that stands out most to me is Arcadia Group. If you've ever shopped at an Outfit store or got a gift voucher for one of the stores you'd maybe know that Topshop, Miss Selfridge, Wallis, Evans and Dorothy Perkins are all owned by the same company.
Inditex is owned by the wealthiest retailer in the world and leads the High Street with brands like Zara, Pull & Bear and Bershka. It's not until you find out that Inditex owns these international fashion brands that you start to see the similarities and trends running throughout them.
Some newer contenders, and one of my favourites, is the Kamani Family. Owners of Boohoo and Pretty Little Things these guys have got the online High Street sorted! Seems like the High Street is full of siblings and cousins at the hands of some very clever, rich, owners.
Did you know anything about the owners of our high street?
Which of the holding companies is your favourite?