Adidas AG is a German multinational company founded and based in Herzogenaurach, Germany, that designs and manufactures footwear, clothing and accessories. It is the largest manufacturer of sportswear in Europe and the second largest in the world after Nike. It is the holding company of the Adidas Group, which consists of 8.33% of the German football club Bayern Munich and Runtastic, an Austrian fitness technology company. The company supplied, among other things, shoes to the German football team in 1954. The studs could be changed. The two-part film The Dassler brothers: Adidas versus Puma is about the first fifty years of the company. In 2021, half of the turnover consisted of sports shoes, about 40% of clothing and the remaining 10% of other sports equipment.
ASICS is a Japanese manufacturer of athletic footwear and apparel and one of the world's top five manufacturers of sports equipment and accessories. The name is an acronym of Anima Sana In Corpore Sano, which is Latin for a healthy soul in a healthy body. Since its founding in 1949, ASICS has been constantly developing new sporting goods with the help of scientists, top athletes and coaches. In May 1990, the ASICS Sports Science Research Center was opened in Kobe. The institute consists of several departments with various specific tasks, such as analyzing body movements, testing materials and developing new products.
The company was founded in 1894 in Zlín by Tomáš and Antonin Bata under the name T. & A. Bata. At that time Zlín still belonged to Austria-Hungary. The founders came from a family of shoemakers. In 1895 Tomáš took full control. The company strove to introduce industrial methods and implement innovations. This is how the Batovka was created in 1897, the first textile shoe that was manufactured by machine. In 1905, 2200 pairs of shoes were already being made per day and 250 people worked at Bata. In 1909, the first export orders came from Germany, the Balkans and the Middle East. In 1917, for example, 5000 people already worked and 2 million pairs of shoes were produced annually. Working-class villages with schools and hospitals are being built near the Bata settlements. A network of Bata stores is also gradually emerging. In the Netherlands the first appeared in Amsterdam in 1922.
Burberry is a UK based clothing and accessories fashion house. In addition, Burberry has its own fragrance line and franchise stores around the world, including in Russia, the United States and China. Burberry's creative director is currently Riccardo Tisci. Both Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles have given the company their Royal Authorization. Since 1901, the company has used a logo with a knight on a prancing horse. The logo contains the Latin word Prorsum, which means forward.
Converse is an American shoe manufacturer that has been producing shoes since the early 20th century. The company is a subsidiary of Nike, Inc.. In 1908 in Malden, Massachusetts, the Converse Rubber Shoe Company (also known as the Boston Rubber Shoe Company) was opened by Marquis M. Converse, a former respected shoe firm manager. The company was a rubber shoe manufacturer that provided shoes for men, women and children. In 1910, Converse was producing 4,000 shoes a day, but it wasn't until 1915 that the company began producing tennis shoes for athletes. On July 9, 2003, the company was acquired by rival Nike.
Fila is an Italian sportswear manufacturer. Since 2007, the brand is owned by Fila Korea. Fila was founded in 1911 by brothers Ettore and Giansevero Fila, in the small town of Biella. The original owner, Holding di Partecipazioni, sold Fila to hedge fund Cerberus Capital Management in 2003. The reason for this was that the manufacturer was in financial trouble. Cerberus transferred the company directly to one of its holding companies "Sports Brands International". The only thing that Cerberus didn't get was Fila Korea, which was an independent company selling Fila products under license. In 2007, Fila Korea bought international Fila for US$ 400 million, making it the largest South Korean sportswear brand in one fell swoop.
Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) is a Swedish fashion chain with nearly 5,100 stores in 74 different countries in 2019 and approximately 126,000 employees. In 1947, the Swede Erling Persson in America was impressed by the success of stores selling clothing in large quantities and at low prices. The phenomenon was common in New York, but rare in Europe. After returning, Persson opened his shop Hennes in Västerås in Sweden. The store was a quick success and in 1968 Persson expanded the business by purchasing Mauritz Widforss, a hunting, outdoor and men's ready-to-wear store. On November 14, 2009, the Jimmy Choo collection hit the H&M shelves. Jimmy Choo is best known for his shoes. In addition to women's clothing and women's shoes, a men's collection is also being released.
Kering is a French multinational holding company of luxury goods brands. Famous brands in Kering's portfolio include Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Brioni, Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. Kering is led by Pinault's son François-Henri Pinault. In 2021, it employed nearly 43,000 people and had a turnover of around 18 billion euros. Gucci is the largest part and supplied more than half of the total turnover and Saint Laurent is number two with a turnover share of 14%. Slightly more than half of the turnover consists of leather goods, excluding shoes. Three-quarters of the sales are realized through the company's own stores.
9. New Balance
New Balance is an American corporation based in Boston, Massachusetts. New Balance is one of the world's major sports footwear and apparel manufacturers. William J. Riley founded the company in 1906 under the name "New Balance Arch Support Company". New Balance differentiates itself from its competition because various models are not produced in low-wage countries, but are still produced in the United States and the United Kingdom (for the European market).
Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight founded the company under the name "Blue Ribbon Sports" (BRS) in 1964, branded it "Nike" in 1972, and renamed the company "Nike, Inc." in 1978, after the Greek Goddess of Victory Nike. In 1980 the company was listed on the stock exchange. Nike has been the world's largest supplier of sporting goods since 1989. Philip Knight served as Chairman of the Board until mid-2016. Nike had revenues of $47 billion in fiscal year ending May 31, 2022 and employed 79,100 people worldwide. Nike is a major supplier of sportswear, especially shoes. Sports shoes make up about 60% of total sales, followed by sportswear with a share of 30%. The rest of the turnover comes from sporting goods such as basketballs and footballs and shin guards. The United States is the most important sales market, where about 40% of the turnover is achieved.
11. Peter England
Peter England was founded in 1889, Londonderry, Ireland to provide British soldiers. The brand was acquired by Aditya Birla Group in the year 2000. The company firmly states that, Peter England has become one of the most trusted and responsible international brands, providing unmatched value to young Indian men.
With a turnover of approximately 5.2 billion euros in 2020, Puma is one of the larger manufacturers of sporting goods in the world. Almost half of the turnover is achieved with shoes, a third with clothing and the rest with accessories. A quarter of the turnover is realized through 800 own stores and the internet. Sponsorship contracts were concluded with well-known athletes for marketing purposes. The marketing and sales costs make up one fifth of the total turnover. Production is completely outsourced and takes place almost exclusively in Asia. Of the more than 12,000 employees, almost 10,000 are active in marketing and sales and about 1,000 in the development of new products.
Reebok International Limited is an American company. The company produces and trades in sports shoes, sportswear and other sports articles. The name comes from the Afrikaans word reebok, which is the name for an African antelope. Since August 2021, the brand belongs to the Authentic Brands Group, and from 2005 to 2021 to the German group Adidas. Reebok's history began in 1895 when John William Foster founded a company in Bolton, Lancashire, England. The most important achievement of this family business was that they invented the spikes in 1900. JW Foster & Sons were allowed to make the sports shoes that were worn at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris. In 1958, two grandchildren of the founder of JW Foster and Sons started a new company that became known as Reebok. In 1979, Paul Fireman discovered Reebok at an international trade show. After obtaining the trade rights, he imported three types of sports shoes into the United States in the same year. The shoe was marketed as an expensive brand and was then the most expensive shoe on the American market.
Skechers is one of the world's largest shoe manufacturers. The entrepreneur was founded in 1992 by the American Robert Greenberg. The company is based in Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles County, in the US state of California. In 2015, sales were approximately $3 billion. The number of employees is around 11,700 (as of 2022). Skechers' first products were Dr. Martens-style boots and suede skater shoes. Over time, the company has branched out to include thousands of casual shoe styles sold in separate lines. Skechers has also embraced the female market, with the help of famous artists.
15. Under Armour
Under Armor is an American company that produces sporting goods. It is based in Baltimore in the United States. The company was founded in 1996 by Kevin Plank. The European headquarters are located in Amsterdam. Furthermore, a number of players and clubs are sponsored with team clothing. In 2016, Under Armor hired Belgian fashion designer Tim Coppens, an alumnus of the Antwerp Fashion Academy, as creative director for a new collection, Under Armor Sportswear (UAS).
16. VF Corporation
VF Corporation is an American clothing and footwear company. It began in 1899 as a producer of gloves in Pennsylvania and then expanded into underwear. In 1969, the company acquired what is now Lee Jeans and in 1986 Blue Bell Inc, the owner of brands such as Wrangler and JanSport, was added. The company has more than 30 brands, which operate as subsidiaries, and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Its headquarters are in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Vans is an American manufacturer of sneakers, BMX, snowboard and skateboard shoes and other clothing, targeting the youth segment of the skateboard, snowboard and surf scenes. It also makes clothing and accessories aimed at the same market. The company was founded in 1966 by Paul Van Doren, Gordon C. Lee, James Van Doren and Serge d'Elia as The Van Doren Rubber Company. It is headquartered in Cypress, California.
18. Wolverine World Wide
Wolverine World Wide, Inc. is a publicly traded US footwear manufacturer based in Rockford, Michigan. The shoemaker is known for its eponymous brand, Wolverine Boots and Shoes, as well as other brands, such as Hush Puppies and Merrell.
Today Woodland has 350 exclusive showrooms across the globe and its products are also present in 3000 multi brand outlets. In India, Woodland has 8 factories in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, which meet 70% of the demand. 30 percent of the supplies are met through outsourcing.