Owned by one of the world’s largest fashion groups, the giant Spanish corporation Inditex. The first Zara opened in 1975 in northern Spain, selling high street versions of designer styles; now there are 1,830 shops in more than 79 countries. It arrived in the UK in 1998 and has 66 branches each store is reported to get new designs delivered twice a week so stock is ever-changing. In 2011, it was accused of using Brazilian employees in sweatshop conditions but the accusation did little to dent Zara’s reputation as top fashion brand. In June, its owner recorded a 30% rise in profits.