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Industria de Diseño Textil, S.A.
Sociedad Anónima
Traded as BMADITX
ISIN ES0148396007
Industry Retailing
  • Confecciones GOA, S.A.
  • GOASAM, S.A.
Founded A Coruña, Spain
(June 12, 1985; 33 years ago (1985-06-12))
Founder Amancio Ortega
Rosalía Mera
Headquarters Arteixo (A Coruña), Spain
Number of locations
7292 stores[1]
Area served
Key people
Pablo Isla (Chairman and CEO)
Products Clothing & Fashion retailer
Revenue Increase23.311 billion (2016)[1]
Increase€4.021 billion (2016)[1]
Increase€3.161 billion (2016)[1]
Total assets Increase€19.621 billion (2016)[1]
Total equity Increase€12.752 billion (2016)[1]
Owner Amancio Ortega (59%)
Number of employees
Increase162,450 (2016)[1]
Subsidiaries Zara, Pull & Bear, Bershka, Massimo Dutti, Stradivarius, Oysho, Zara Home, Uterqüe

Industria de Diseño Textil, S.A. (Inditex; /ˌɪndɪˈtɛks/, Spanish: [indiˈteks]; Textile Design Industry) is a Spanish multinational clothing company headquartered in Arteixo (A Coruña) in Galicia.[2]

Inditex, the biggest fashion group in the world, operates over 7,200 stores in 93 markets worldwide.[3][4][5] The company's flagship store is Zara, but it also owns the chains Zara Home, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Oysho, Pull and Bear, Stradivarius and Uterqüe. The majority of its stores are corporate-owned, while franchises are mainly conceded in countries where corporate properties can not be foreign-owned.[6]

The company operates a unique business model: instead of committing a large percentage of production for the next fashion season, the company commits a small amount and uses customer feedback and an efficient production network to replenish stores with new and different products weekly.[5] New styles are prototyped in just 5 days and 60% of the manufacturing happens locally to shorten lead-times.[7] In Zara stores, it can take a new garment as little as 15 days to go from design and production to store shelves.[8]


Early history[edit]

In the early 1960s, Amancio Ortega got his start in the clothing industry as a teen while working for a local shirt maker in A Coruna, Spain.[9] Ortega began developing his own designs and he and his wife, Rosalia Mera, began making clothes from their home.[6][10] Ortega had saved up enough money to open a small factory and sold garments to his former employer amongst others.[6]

In 1975, the couple opened their first store, Zara, which produced popular fashion at low prices.[6][8] The following year, Zara was incorporated and began opening more stores and factories in Spain.[6] Later that year, after Ortega noticed the growing importance of computers, a local professor, José María Castellano, was hired to grow the company's computing power.[6][11]


In the 1980s the company implemented a new design and distribution method that drastically reduced the time between design, production, and arrival at retail sites.[12] The system was designed by Castellano who became the CEO of the company in 1984. In 1985, Industria de Diseno Textil S.A. or Inditex was created as a holding company for Zara and its manufacturing plants.[13] In 1988, the company began expanding internationally with the opening a Zara store in Oporto, Portugal.[14] In 1990, the company owned footwear collection, Tempe, populated in the children's section of Zara stores.[15] In 1991, Inditex created the company Pull and Bear, a casual menswear company.[16][17] Later that year, the company also acquired a 65 percent share in the upscale Massimo Dutti brand. Inditex created Lefties in 1993; the name is taken from the term leftovers and it was created to sell old Zara clothing.[18] In 1995, Inditex purchased the remaining Massimo Dutti shares and began expanding the brand to include a women's line.[19] In 1998, Inditex launched the Bershka brand that was aimed at urban hip fashion.[20] The company bought Stradivarius in 1999, a youthful female fashion brand.[6]


Inditex had its initial public offering in 2001, on the Bolsa de Madrid.[21] The IPO sold 26 percent of the company to public investors, the company was valued at US$8 billion (€9 billion at the time).[22] The same year, the company launched the lingerie and women's clothing store Oysho.[23][24]

In 2003, Inditex launched the Zara Home brand, which offers bedding, cutlery, glassware and other home decoration accessories.[25] In 2004, with the opening of store number 2,000 in Hong Kong, Inditex had established its presence in 56 countries.[26]

In 2005, CEO Jose Maria Castellano stepped down from the position to oversee expansion plans, he was replaced by current CEO Pablo Isla.[27] Inditex launched Uterque in the summer of 2008, the brand specializes in women's accessories.[28] During the same year, the company opened its 4,000th store in Tokyo after doubling in size within four years.[26] In 2011, Ortega, the founder of the business and majority shareholder, stepped down as deputy chairman and CEO Isla handles day-to-day operations.[26] Later that year, the company opened a store in Australia, a move that would put the company on five continents and in 77 countries.[29] After the 2013 Savar building collapse, Inditex was one of the thirty-eight companies who signed the Accord on Factory and Building Safety in Bangladesh.[30]

International presence[edit]

In 1989, a year after entering Portugal, the company entered the U.S. market[31] and expanded into France in 1990.[6] Expansion continued to Mexico in 1992 and Greece in 1993. In 1994, Inditex opened stores in Belgium and Sweden.[32] By 1997, the company had expanded to Malta, Cyprus, Norway and Israel.[12] In 1998, expansion continued to the UK, Turkey, Argentina, Venezuela, the Middle East and Japan.[12] Canada, Germany, Poland, Saudi Arabia and several South American countries received stores in 1999.[32][33] In 2016, Inditex announced that they planned to open stores in Vietnam, New Zealand, Paraguay, Aruba and Nicaragua.[4]

The company opened stores in Italy, Luxembourg, Puerto Rico and Jordan in 2001. In 2003, Inditex continued its expansion to Russia, Slovakia, and Malaysia.[33] The following year Latvia, Hungary, and Panama amongst other countries received stores, including the 2,000th store in Hong Kong.[33] By 2006, the company had expanded into continental China.[34] In 2010, the company opened their 5,000th location in Rome[26] and its first in India.[34] The first stores in Australia and South Africa opened in 2011.[29] The company's expansion continued to the Serbia, Republic of Macedonia, Armenia, Ecuador, Georgia (country) and Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2012.[33][35] In 2014, Inditex opened stores in Albania.[36]

Online sales[edit]

In 2007, Inditex launched the Zara Home online retail store.[37] Zara joined the e-commerce marketplace in September 2010, launching websites in Spain, the UK, Portugal, Italy, Germany and France.[38][39] In November 2010, Zara's online presence grew to include Austria, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.[40] In September 2011, Inditex brought Zara's e-commerce platform to the U.S.,[41] as well as adding the brands Pull and Bear, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Stadivarius, Oysho and Uterqüe to the e-commerce space.[42] As of February 2016, Inditex operates e-commerce sites in 28 markets and plans to add 12 more by April.[43][44][45]

Marketing Strategy[edit]

Inditex does not invest in advertising. The only form of advertising it has done is paying celebrities to wear its clothes. Its biggest advertisement for the group however, is just their presence. Its main strategy is to use prime location to attract customer's attention.


Under the Inditex umbrella are several brands that offer a variety of products aimed at different markets.[46]

Company No. of shops[47] Year of creation [48] Market
Zara 2,232 1975 Fashion for men, women and children
Pull and Bear 982 1991 Casual laid-back clothing and accessories for the young
Massimo Dutti 769 1991 (acquired) High-end clothing and accessories for cosmopolitan men and women
Bershka 1,096 1998 Blends urban styles and modern fashion for young women and men
Stradivarius 1,015 1999 (acquired) Casual and feminine clothes for young women
Oysho 646 2001 Lingerie, casual outerwear, loungewear, gymwear & swimwear and original accessories
Zara Home 563 2003 Home goods and decoration objects
Uterqüe 82 2008 High-quality fashion accessories at attractive prices

Corporate affairs[edit]

Board of Directors[edit]

Bold indicates a company shareholder and the representative will be listed below.

Member Title(s) Member Since Shares Held Notes
Mr. Pablo Isla Chairman & CEO of Inditex
Board Member of Telefónica, S.A.
June 2005 1,805,302 [49]
Mr. Jose Arnau Sierra Deputy Chairman of Inditex
First Executive of Grupo Pontegadea
Director of GARTLER, S.L.
Member of the Board of Trustees of Fundacion Amancio Ortega Gaona
June 2012 30,000
Mr. Amancio Ortega Founder & Board Member of Inditex June 1985 1,848,000,315
Pontegadea Inversiones, S.L.
Ms. Flora Perez Marcote
Board Member of Inditex December 2015 1,558,637,990
Baroness Kingsmill CBE Board Member of Inditex
Member of the supervisory board of EON
Non-executive director of International Airlines Group SA
Chairman of Mondo
Member of the International Advisory Board of the Spanish Business School (lESE)
July 2016
Mr. Jose Luis Duran Schulz Board Member of Inditex
Independent Director & Member of the Audit Committee of Orange
July 2015 1,700
Mr. Rodrigo Echenique Gordillo Board Member of Inditex
Chairman of NH Hoteles
July 2014
Mr. Carlos Espinosa de los Monteros Bernaldo de Quiros Board Member of Inditex
Chairman of Fraternidad-Muprespa
Board Member of Acciona, S.A.
Board Member of Schindler Espana
Board Member of Yell Group
May 1997 150,000
Mr. Emilio Saracho Rodriguez de Torres Board Member of Inditex
Head of Investment Banking of JPMorgan Europe, Middle East, & Africa, Ltd.
Executive Committee Member of Investment Bank
Executive Committee Member of JPMorgan Chase
Deputy-CEO of EMEA
June 2010

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