New York, Paris, Tokyo, London or Milan: Which Fashion Capital should you move to?

Twice a year, the bustling cities of New York, Paris, London, Tokyo and Milan are home to the world’s most famous designers, models and fashion industry experts. Dubbed ‘fashion capitals’, they have a major influence on international fashion trends as well as having a broad mix of business, artistic, entertainment, cultural and leisure activities. Synonymous with a booming economy and luxury industry, they are home to the fashion houses main headquarters themselves. Recently, Berlin has also started to take dominance in the fashion world, yet the ‘fab four’ that dominated the 19th and 20th century remains, alongside Tokyo; a recent fashion capital that has earned this status in design.

Whether you are a lover of fashion, you want to launch a career in design, or you want to move to a vibrant city but are unsure where – below we take a closer look at these five amazing cities and their cultural attractions.

New York

The ”Big Apple” where dreams are made, New York is one of the most popular cities to visit in the world. The towering skyscrapers and mass of food and arts culture make this a popular destination for fashionistas, business people, aspiring actors and young adults. Housing major design schools like Parsons and FIT, The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, and being the stomping ground of popular 90’s sitcom Sex and the City you can see why this space is the must have for any creative.


Paris is a beautiful spot that will surely enchant every person who visits. Housing some of the world’s greatest art collections in the Louvre, it is also the cradle for fashion and dressmaking, as it was the city that established haute couture itself in the nineteenth century. The stunning wide boulevards are inviting for a stroll with a loaf of fresh bread in hand, as well as being one of the best cities for food enthusiasts. If you love classic romance and want to live in a city that reflects this – then Paris is perfect for you.


As mentioned above, Tokyo is Asia’s answer to being a fashion capital. This vibrant and breathtaking city has risen in popularity due to its advancements in urban housing and technology. Plus, Japanese culture is particularly inviting, with lolita fashion, goth culture, beautiful shrines, plenty of eateries and an abundance of markets. If you want to move to the other side of the world to a city that will at first seem completely alien, then Tokyo is for you.


If you want to move to a fashion capital, but you don’t want the upheaval and stress of an international relocation – why not stay closer to home and move to London? This city has plenty for the arts and culture aficionados with theatres, galleries, shops and the leading art school in the world: Central St Martins. Each London Borough has its own individual character, so there is something for everyone.


The original fashion capital from the 16th century, Milan is located in Northern Italy, housing the World famous Duomo di Milano with Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper. Furthermore, this is THE place to shop with the simply beautiful Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in the centre. If you want to find your artistic and design muse amongst the birthplace of the Renaissance then move to Milan.

Here at Arrowpak, we are skilled at both international as well as national relocations, and our team can help you with this stressful transition period. Simply contact us today to find out more.

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