Amancio Ortega opened the initial Zara shop in 1975 in main A Coruña, Galicia, Spain. Ortega at first named the shop Zorba after the classic movie Zorba the Greek, however after finding out there was a bar with the exact same name 2 blocks away, they rearranged the letters formed for the indication to “Zara”. It is thought the extra “a” came from an extra set of letters that had been produced the business.   The initial store featured low-cost lookalike products of preferred, higher-end apparel fashions. Ortega opened up extra shops throughout Spain. Throughout the 1980s, Ortega altered the layout, manufacturing, and also distribution procedure to decrease preparations and also respond to new patterns in a quicker way, which he called “immediate styles”. The improvements consisted of using infotech as well as making use of groups of designers as opposed to individuals.
In 1988, the company began its global development through Porto, Portugal.  In 1989, it entered the USA, and after that France in 1990.  Throughout the 1990s, Zara increased to Mexico (1992 ),  Greece, Belgium as well as Sweden (1993 ). In the early 2000s, Zara opened its very first stores in Japan and Singapore (2002 ), Russia and also Malaysia (2003 ),    China,  Morocco,  Estonia,  Hungary  and also Romania (2004 ),  the Philippines,  Costa Rica  and Indonesia (2005 ),  South Korea (2008 ),  India (2010 ),  as well as South Africa as well as Australia (2011 ).  
On September 2010, Zara launched its online boutique. The website started in Spain, the UK, Portugal, Italy, Germany and also France.  In November that same year, Zara Online expanded the solution to five even more countries: Austria, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium and also Luxembourg.  On the internet shops began running in the United States in 2011,  Russia and also Canada in 2013,    as well as Mexico,  Romania,  and South Korea in 2014.   India in 4 October 2017.
Zara introduced using RFID modern technology in its stores in 2014. The RFID chips lie in the protection tags which are removed from apparel when it is purchased and also can be reused. The chip enables the firm to quickly take inventory by identifying radio signals from the RFID tags. When a product is marketed, the warehouse is quickly alerted to make sure that the thing can be replaced. A product that is not on the shelf can conveniently be located with the RFID tag. 
In 2015, Zara was placed 30 on Interbrand’s list of best global brands.