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Flashing cameras, beautiful models, and shows crowded with critics. The life of a fashion industry professional sounds exciting - and it is - but most people don't know how fierce the competition can get, and how hard it is to design creations that command public attention. As the owner of an up-and-coming company hoping to showcase its work in the most prestigious international shows, you need to prove that you have what it takes to succeed in this unforgiving environment.
"Fashion is not necessarily about labels. It's not about brands. It's about something else that comes from within you." -Ralph Lauren
Pret-a-Porter is an economic strategy game in which you will manage a company trying to succeed in the world of fashion and style. The game plays out over a year consisting of 12 rounds (months), divided into 4 Quarters. Fashion shows are held in the last month of each Quarter. You will need to do numerous things to prepare for a show: sign short-term contracts, expand the company with additional buildings, hire new workers to increase efficiency, and most of all - create exciting new designs. It's not as easy as it sounds. Each round, you must pay the Upkeep cost associated with your company: salaries for your workers and rent for your buildings. Banks and last resort companies can lend you some Cash if necessary, but you should avoid these desperate measures if you want to make it in this industry.
Your goal is to lead your company to prosperity by showcasing the best Collections during Fashion Shows and selling them afterward. Design cards in your Collection have a sale value in Cash. You need to balance your income with the cost of preparing the Collection and the Upkeep costs of your company that must be paid the end of each round. Fashion Shows generate Prestige, giving you Victory Points and increasing the sale value of the Collection presented that round. After 12 rounds, the player with the highest combined total of Cash and Victory Points has the most prosperous company and wins the game.
"Arguably the best business simulation on the board game market!"
"Works beautifully, wonderfully at every player count!"
"A deep, robust simulation that gives you so much to think about!"
"Provides such bright, bold, vibrant, wonderful presentation!"
-Richard Ham, Rahdo Runs Through
Can you balance designing the hottest fashions, running your business, and capturing the imaginations of the industry in spectacular fashion shows? Find out in Pret-a-Porter. Order your copy today!
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