Fashion Nova

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Fashion Nova, Inc.
Company typeStore
Founded2006; 18 years ago (2006)
FounderRichard Saghian
Los Angeles, California
Number of locations
Area served
Number of employees

Fashion Nova is an American fast fashion retail company. The company primarily operates online, but it also has five brick-and-mortar locations. Fashion Nova is known to use affiliate marketing, particularly on Instagram. Models, celebrities, and other customers receive payments or free clothing in exchange for generating publicity about the company.[2][3][4]


Fashion Nova was founded in 2006 by its CEO Richard Saghian,[5] who started his career in the retail industry by working at his father's clothing boutique located in Los Angeles.[3] Fashion Nova opened its first location in Panorama City, Los Angeles inside the Panorama Mall, selling inexpensive club-wear attire. In 2013, Saghian launched the e-commerce website for Fashion Nova.[6]

In 2016, Fashion Nova launched the Curve Collection.[7] In 2018, the company expanded to menswear with the release of their Fashion Nova Men's line.[8]

In August 2020, Fashion Nova announced reforms to its contracting practices in support of California's proposed bill, SB 1399, that includes a mandate that its contractors and subcontractors agree to random independent audits and that their workers are paid the applicable minimum wage, which in Los Angeles is scheduled to rise to $15 an hour for employers of all size in 2021. Fashion Nova also established a toll-free hotline for workers to report abuses as well as a system of penalties for those who violate its reform efforts.[9][10]

In October 2020, Fashion Nova launched Maven Beauty, an affordable beauty brand.[11]

Founder Richard Saghian rarely speaks with reporters but is known to collect real estate, including homes previously owned by Avicii and Netflix executive Ted Sarandos. He is not married and has no children.[12]


In November 2018, Fashion Nova released its line with rapper Cardi B.[13] The collection launched at a "Party with Cardi" event, with performances by Cardi B, Saweetie, DreamDoll and Brianna Perry. It was a very successful launch, selling out in seconds.[14] Since this collaboration, Fashion Nova has been endorsed by many celebrities and influencers such as Teyana Taylor, Blac Chyna, and Christina Milian.[15] The store has a seasonal Halloween costume line, making its items debut alongside its most popular ambassadors at Halloween events.[16]

Fashion Nova launched a second season of the Cardi B collection in May 2019, with performances by Cardi B, YG, Blueface, and Lil Nas X.[17]

In April 2020, Fashion Nova launched Fashion Nova Cares, an initiative focused on supporting social causes.[18] That same month, Fashion Nova Cares partnered with Cardi B to donate $1 million to those affected by COVID-19.[18]

In June 2020, Fashion Nova pledged to donate $1 million to a number of social justice organizations, including Black Lives Matter, Know Your Rights Camp, and the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.[19]

In November 2020, Fashion Nova released a line with Megan Thee Stallion, including statement pieces and an assortment of crafted denim for those 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m) and taller.[20] The collection reportedly generated $1.2 million in sales within 24 hours of the launch.[21]

Megan Thee Stallion and Fashion Nova Cares partnered in March 2021 for the rapper's Women on Top philanthropic initiative, which seeks to empower women by supporting educational and business endeavors with scholarships, grants, and donations. Every day throughout Women's History Month, Fashion Nova Cares provided $25,000 or more to female entrepreneurs, students, and women-focused charities.[22] She also launched a swimwear line in June.[23]


In December 2019, the United States Department of Labor launched an investigation and found that some Fashion Nova suppliers or subcontractors hired workers who were paid as little as $2.77 an hour and that the suppliers owed $3.8 million in back wages to hundreds of workers.[24][25][26]

In October 2020, Playboy filed a complaint against Fashion Nova Inc. in Los Angeles, for its trademark rights in its Bunny costume. The Bunny mark contains the costume's "iconic bunny ears, tail, ribbon name tag, wrist cuffs, corset, and bowtie collar," according to the lawsuit.[27]

In January 2022, Fashion Nova settled with the Federal Trade Commission for $4.2 million after the company was found to have artificially inflated its ratings by deliberately blocking negative reviews on its site.[28]


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  2. ^ Bain, Marc (July 29, 2018). "Fashion Nova conquered Instagram by embracing the "thirst trap"". Quartz. Retrieved March 11, 2020.
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  6. ^ "Richard Saghianis One of the 500 People Shaping the Global Fashion Industry in 2018". The Business of Fashion. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  7. ^ Warren, Liz (August 13, 2019). "Fashion Nova Launches New Inclusive Denim Line". Sourcing Journal. Retrieved March 12, 2020.
  8. ^ Torgerson, Rachel (June 12, 2018). "Fashion Nova Is Launching a Men's Clothing Line". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved March 12, 2020.
  9. ^ Laurene Darmiento (August 17, 2020). "SB 1399 makes retailers accountable for garment worker pay". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 29, 2020.
  10. ^ Laurence Darmiento (September 2020). "Apparel industry wage-reform bill, SB 1399, dies in Assembly". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 29, 2020.
  11. ^ EMERALD ELITOU (October 22, 2020). "Fashion Nova Steps Into the Beauty Space with "Maven Beauty"—and Everything Is Under $20". Byrdie.
  12. ^ Debter, Lauren. "Fashion Nova's Founder Has Spun A Billion-Dollar Fortune From Fast Fashion". Forbes. Retrieved April 25, 2022.
  13. ^ "The First Look at Cardi B's Collaboration with Fashion Nova". November 15, 2018.
  14. ^ "Cardi B Launches Her Fashion Nova Line In Los Angeles". HotNewHipHop. November 15, 2018. Retrieved March 12, 2020.
  15. ^ Nittle, Nadra (November 15, 2018). "Why Cardi B (and every other celebrity on Instagram) loves Fashion Nova". Vox. Retrieved March 12, 2020.
  16. ^ Rivas, Mekita. "Fashion Nova Released The Best Celebrity-Inspired Halloween Costumes". Retrieved March 12, 2020.
  17. ^ "watch Cardi B bring out Lil Nas X for "Old Town Road" at her Fashion Nova launch". BrooklynVegan. May 9, 2019. Retrieved March 12, 2020.
  18. ^ a b Joshua Espinoza. "Cardi B and Fashion Nova Are Donating $1,000 Every Hour to People Impacted by COVID-19". Complex. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  19. ^ Marisa Petrarca (June 9, 2020). "How Fashion Brands, Designers and Industry Leaders are Supporting the Black Lives Matter Movement". Us Magazine. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  20. ^ "Megan Thee Stallion's Fashion Nova Collection Is Here". Essence. November 18, 2020. Retrieved April 15, 2021.
  21. ^ "Megan Thee Stallion's Fashion Nova Collection Sales Top $1.2 Million on Day 1". TMZ. Retrieved April 15, 2021.
  22. ^ Mamo, Heran (March 8, 2021). "Megan Thee Stallion & Fashion Nova Launch $1M 'Women on Top' Fund for International Women's Day". Billboard.
  23. ^ Miller, Korin (June 24, 2021). "Megan Thee Stallion Launched a Swimwear Collection With Fashion Nova-Watch Her Model Her Bikinis Here".
  24. ^ Kitroeff, Natalie (December 16, 2019). "Fashion Nova's Secret: Underpaid Workers in Los Angeles Factories". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved July 10, 2020.
  25. ^ Bartiromo, Michael (December 17, 2019). "Fashion Nova responds to report of clothing being produced by underpaid factory workers". Fox News. Retrieved July 10, 2020.
  26. ^ "Who Is Hurt Most By Fashion Nova's Latest Controversy?". Archived from the original on July 10, 2020. Retrieved July 10, 2020.
  27. ^ Brittain, Blake (October 28, 2020). "Playboy Sues Fashion Nova Over 'Bunny' Halloween Costume". Bloomberg Law. Retrieved November 3, 2020.
  28. ^ "Fashion Nova will Pay $4.2 Million as part of Settlement of FTC Allegations it Blocked Negative Reviews of Products". Federal Trade Commission. January 25, 2022. Retrieved July 3, 2023.