Fashion brands are all about exclusivity; NFTs offer limited copies with proven authenticity and clout in the metaverse. Are they a match made in heaven?
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With many legacy brands entering the NFTs and metaverse space, one might wonder — what about fashion brands? After all, its lifeline depends on exclusivity, limited copies, highly sought-after pieces by famous designers that people would literally queue up for. The decision to brandish an exclusive Chanel bag is probably not that different from having a Punk or Ape as your PFP — it signals social exclusivity, that you are in the "in-group".
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What Could NFTs Offer Fashion Brands?
Owing to the scarcity of each individual NFT, the value and worth often skyrocket if the maker of the NFT is a prominent individual or organization. This is exactly why fashion brands make use of NFTs. Besides Gucci, fashion giants Louis Vuitton and Burberry have also dabbled in the creation of NFTs. But why?
Well, simply put, these virtual collectibles offer brands the opportunity to advertise to an otherwise untapped market of consumers: gamers.
Not every gamer wants a thousand-dollar bag to flaunt as they drive down the street to get a cup of coffee. Real-life social standing does not mean as much to online gamers as their internet persona does, and thus these NFTs allow gamers to buy from brands they normally wouldn’t be consumers of.
In turn, this provides abundant advertising for fashion brands. Not only are their products are worn in the metaverse, their profits skyrocket as people buy more and more of their NFTs. Not to mention the cost of making NFTs may have a lower footprint compared to making actual tangible items.
What Are Some Benefits for Fashion Brands to Adopt NFTs?
Here are some more reasons why fashion brands may want to make NFTs.
Cost Cutting for Models
Generally, making and marketing a product costs as much money equally if not sometimes more. On average, a Gucci model makes $62k a year. When brands make NFTs, they do not need a tangible model because the item itself is intangible. Thus, they can cut costs on models by advertising their products in the form of NFTs online.
Perhaps the most eye-catching feature of NFTs is the exclusivity it offers. Not only do users get the ability to buy fashionable items digitally, they often get the unique “1 of 1” experience that provides a certificate that they are the only owner of said NFT. This adds an extra tier of exclusivity, which pays off well in the fashion industry.
Longevity For The Brands
Anyone who buys a collectible will not be selling it because they’ve bought it for the sole purpose of collecting it. Similar psychology applies to NFTs. Although they are a good long-term investment opportunity, most people buy NFTs as collectibles intended to be kept. Thus, keeping NFTs of fashion brands will allow the brands to live on virtually for as long as the NFT exists, providing brands longevity that tangible seasonal releases wouldn’t.
What Are Fashion Brands Doing in This Space?
Collaboration with OpenSea: Vogue Singapore
This special NFT collection was featured on OpenSea from Nov. 10 to Nov. 13, 2021, inspired by Vogue's September worldwide theme of 'New Beginnings'.
Merging Gaming and Fasion: Gucci
Gucci has collaborated with The Sims, Tennis Clash, Genies, Pokemon Go, Roblox and Animal Crossing in the previous year, in addition to its own Gucci Arcade, which debuted in 2019, and its Sneaker Garage, which will debut in October 2020.
NFT Game for 200th Anniversary: Louis Vuitton
This initiative provided the visionaries participating the freedom to create a box measuring 50 x 50 x 100 cm (about the size of Vuitton's first trunk in the 1850s). They were given a wide range of materials to choose from, ranging from more physical forms to virtual or augmented.
NFT Collection with Mythical Games: Burberry
The limited edition, scarce Burberry Blanko, which is a shark named Sharky B, is an NFT that can be acquired, modified, and traded within the Blankos Block Party community, and is decorated with Burberry's new TB Summer Monogram and influenced by the brand's Animal Kingdom house code. Burberry will release its own unique in-game NFT accessories, such as a jetpack, wristbands and pool slippers, as components of this series, which players may apply to any Blanko they possess.
Fashion in the Metaverse Wearables Market: Decentraland
Decentraland is a decentralized 3D virtual reality platform made up of land pieces that can be owned by players. NFTs are digital real estate in Decentraland that can be purchased using MANA, a cryptocurrency coin based on the Ethereum network.