4. Coach ( COH)

Company profile: Coach, with a market value of $23 billion, is a manufacturer, distributor, and retailer of branded handbags and leather accessories. Although North America is about 60% of its sales come from its North American retail and outlet stores, Asia represents its fastest-growing market.

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 29% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 76%. Analysts give its shares 13 "buy" ratings, eight "buy/holds," nine "holds," and one "weak hold" rating, according to a survey of analysts by S&P, which itself has it rated "strong buy." For fiscal 2012, analysts estimate it will earn $3.52 per share and that that will grow by 17%, to $4.11 in 2013.

3. Ralph Lauren ( RL)

Company profile: Ralph Lauren, with a market value of $17 billion, makes and sells a wide range of apparel and accessories with brands that resonate with affluent consumers including: Polo, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Ralph Lauren Black Label, Blue Label, Lauren, RLX, and Chaps. It has recently expanded into handbags, footwear, and denim products.

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 30% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 70%. Analysts give its shares six "buy" ratings, three "buy/holds," eight "holds," and one "weak hold," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. It's expected to earn $7.03 this year and that earnings will grow 19% in 2013.

2. The Gap ( GPS)

Company profile: Gap owns Old Navy- and Banana Republic-branded stores in addition to its namesake store brand. The company operates more than 3,000 stores worldwide.

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 37% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 31%. Analysts give its shares four "buy" ratings, two "buy/holds," 25 "holds," three "weak hold," and two "sells," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. It's expected to earn $1.54 per share in 2012, and grow that by 18% in 2013.

1. Michael Kors ( KORS)

Company profile: Michael Kors, with a market value of $9 billion, operates internationally in three business segments: retail, wholesale and licensing. It owns retail stores and also distributes its branded apparel and accessories in department stores and specialty stores.

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 79% this year, including 45% in the past month. It has only been public about a year. Analysts give its shares five "strong buy" ratings, and one "moderate buy," according to a survey of analysts by TheStreet Ratings. The stock got a big boost last month when the company reported a strong fiscal third quarter, with sales up 83% and earnings up 47%.

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 28% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 41%. Analysts give its shares one "buy" rating, two "holds," and one "weak hold," according to a survey of analysts by S&P.

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