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From Runway to Roblox: A Deep-Dive into Digital Fashion

Last month, Digital Fashion Week united designers, panelists, and industry insiders from across the globe. Attendees uncovered the latest trends in digital fashion, explored virtual galleries, viewed runway shows, and immersed themselves in vibrant experiences. Given this backdrop, the buzz surrounding digital collectibles is impossible to ignore. Now, I know what you’re thinking—if you're not overly techy, the terms ‘digital fashion’, 'collectibles', or ‘NFTs’ can seem like a bore. But let me break it down for you. Think of NFTs as digital trading cards. They're hot in gaming, the metaverse, and the fashion industry, where unique digital pieces are bought, sold, and traded. Consider them the modern version of limited-edition goodies.


Now that we’ve cleared that up, what’s all the hype about? Let's look at some of the fashion giants who are cashing in on the digital collectibles craze…


Forever21 rocked it by selling a limited-edition digital beanie in Roblox, an item not available in their physical store. With more than 1.5 million units sold at approximately 50 cents a piece, it quickly became one of the brand’s best-selling items ever. Even better, the creation of this digital beanie cost the brand less than US$500. Forever21 is now taking this beanie and other digital-first items into their physical stores and website, in what’s being called ‘the first clothing line tested in the Metaverse’.

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A timeless heritage brand built on a promise of classic designs and elegance, Ralph Lauren has been a driver in the adoption of digital. This August, they announced they will offer a limited-edition real-life version of the digital boot that made its debut on Fortnite as part of their Polo Ralph Lauren x Fortnite collab. Inspired by the 1992 Stadium collection, the Polo x Fortnite P-Wing Boot combines a sporty look with aviation-inspired details. With only 300 pairs available, this collab lets fans translate their URL identity to IRL.

Ralph Lauren


Gucci made headlines by creating a digital iteration of a classic handbag that sold for a staggering US$4,115. Believe it or not, the digital bag exceeded the price of its physical counterpart! But why? The digital handbag was made available for purchase in Roblox, allowing players to flaunt their virtual luxury accessory. This opens up a debate about whether the success of digital collectibles is tied to their popularity on large gaming platforms, or whether they would be sought after if launched individually.

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And last but certainly not least, we have Louis Vuitton, a fashion powerhouse. LV recently joined forces with musician and Creative Director Pharrell Williams to release an exclusive collection of luxury NFTs – “Speedy 40 VIA Pharrell Williams." These limited-edition NFTs were exclusively available to owners of the VIA Treasure Trunk (a non-tradeable digital asset launched by Louis Vuitton earlier this year). Within 48 hours, all but one of the five color variations designed by Pharrell were sold out, highlighting the immense success of this collaboration.

NFT Culture


  • The cost of developing digital fashion is low relative to the potential returns.
  • Brands can test digital prototypes before launching physical versions.
  • Digital appearances and collections are crucial for engaging online communities
  • The popularity of digital collectibles isn’t always linked to the platform; however, it can be influential.
  • Collaboration and exclusivity significantly drive success
  • Digital collectibles are a novel way for brands to rake in some serious cash.


This is not merely a passing trend. Digital collectibles are becoming a key part of savvy brand strategies. As technology advances, we’ll see the line between digital and physical become increasingly blurred. This market is young and bursting with potential for innovation and growth.

So, whether you're a consumer seeking fresh ways to interact with your favorite brands, or a business seeking innovative ventures, it's high time to embrace the new era of fashion.

Want to discuss this further? Reach out to me on Linkedin, and let's explore the potential for your brand.