adidas AG is a German multinational corporation that designs and manufactures sports clothing and accessories based in Herzogenaurach, Bavaria, Germany. It is the holding company for the Adidas Group, which consists of the Reebok sportswear company, TaylorMade-Adidas golf company (including Ashworth), Rockport, and 9.1% of FC Bayern Munich.
ASICS (acronym for the Latin phrase anima sana in corpore sano which translates as "a healthy mind in a healthy body") is a Japanese athletic equipment company. ASICS produces footwear and sports equipment designed for football, running, netball, tennis, badminton, squash, martial arts, cricket, golf, wrestling, track & field, cross-training, volleyball, korfball, cheerleading, lacrosse, and for many other sport disciplines in the upper price range. In recent years their running shoes have often been ranked among the top performance footwear in the market.
Billabong International Limited is primarily a clothing company that also produces accessories and skateboard products under other brand-names. Founded in 1973 by Gordon and Rena Merchant, the company first traded on the Australian Securities Exchange on 11 August 2000. The name "billabong" is derived from the Wiradjuri word "bilabaŋ" that refers to a "creek that runs only during the rainy season". As of September 2013, Von Zipper, and Element are two of the prominent brands that Billabong owns. Honolua Surf Company, Kustom, Palmers Surf, Xcel, Tigerlily, Sector 9 and RVCA are the other brands.
Callaway Golf Company is an American global sporting goods company that designs, manufactures, markets and sells golf equipment, golf accessories and golf lifestyle-related products in more than 70 countries worldwide. The American company, based in Carlsbad, California, is the world's largest maker of golf clubs.
Canterbury of New Zealand is a New Zealand-based sports clothing company that focuses on rugby football. The company is named after the Canterbury area in New Zealand where the company started to make knitwear. Other than producing rugby kits, the brand is also known for their rugby protective wear such as headgear and pads, and rugby boots. The company also manufactures and markets lifestyle clothing.
Cotton Traders was founded by former England rugby players Fran Cotton and Steve Smith in 1987. The company is one of the UK's most successful multi-channel retailers, employing over a 1000 staff with an annual gross turnover of more than GB Pound 91million.
Element Skateboards (originally called Underworld Element Skateboards) is a skateboard company that manufactures skateboard decks, apparel, and footwear. The company is based in Irvine, California, United States (U.S.). In 2000 Element became a subsidiary of Australian surfing brand Billabong International.
Everlast is an American brand active in the design, manufacturing, licensing and marketing of boxing, mixed martial arts and fitness related sporting goods equipment, clothing, footwear, and accessories. Based in Manhattan, Everlast's products are sold across more than 75 countries. Everlast is a wholly owned subsidiary of Brands Holdings Limited, a global company and manager of worldwide sporting goods and apparel brands.
Fila was founded in 1911 in Italy, and is one of the world's largest sportswear manufacturing companies.Since a takeover in 2007 by Fila Korea, Fila is now owned and operates from South Korea. Headed by chairman and CEO Yoon-Soo Yoon, Fila has offices in 11 countries worldwide.
In the late 1940s, Perry was approached by Tibby Wegner, an Austrian footballer who had invented an anti-perspirant device worn around the wrist. Perry made a few changes to create the first sweatband.
Gilbert is a rugby sporting goods manufacturing company, specialising in balls for rugby union and netball. The company was established by William Gilbert in 1823, who along with his nephew, James, developed the first rugby balls, having previously made football boots before the game of rugby had been invented. In 2002, after experiencing financial difficulties following a management buyout, Gilbert was purchased by Grays International.
Gunn & Moore, commonly shortened to GM, is a sports equipment and apparel company based in Colwick, Nottinghamshire that specialises in cricket. Founded in 1885, it has been part of the Unicorn Group since 1969.
Hang Ten is a sportswear brand known as "The Original Surf Brand" which first created boardshorts in San Diego, California, in 1960. Hang Ten is currently owned by American Brand Holdings of New Brunswick, New Jersey. It is sold only at Kohl's Department Stores within the United States; it is also sold internationally at official Hang Ten stores in countries such as China, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the Philippines, South Africa, South Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, Mexico, Pakistan and Taiwan. In 2010, Hang Ten was added to the Kohl's store on Stardoll, along with Candie's, Abbey Dawn and Mudd Jeans.
Hummel International is a sportswear company based in Denmark. The firm was started in 1923 by the Messmer family in the town of Hamburg, Germany. It currently manufactures apparel for football, handball, basketball, rugby league, Australian football, shinty and volleyball. The company also produces footwear for football and handball.
Kookaburra is an Australian sports equipment company, specialising in cricket and field hockey equipment, named after the Australian kingfisher. The company notably manufactures the most widely used brand of ball used in One-day internationals and Test cricket.
Le Coq Sportif ("The Athletic Rooster") is a French company producing sports equipment such as shoes, shorts, and T-shirts. It was founded in 1882 by Emile Camuset, but the first clothing items branded with the rooster appeared in 1948. The company's name derives from the Gallic rooster, a national symbol of France.
Lonsdale is a boxing, mixed martial arts and clothing brand that was founded in London, England in 1960. Ex-boxer Bernard Hart started the brand as a boxing equipment company, but it eventually branched out into clothing as well. The company is named after Hugh Cecil Lowther, 5th Earl of Lonsdale, who in 1891 set up the first organised boxing matches with gloves, following the deaths of three boxers in bare knuckle fights. It is now owned by Sports Direct.
Maxfli is a brand of sports equipment, most recognized for its golf balls, currently owned by Dick's Sporting Goods of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dick's purchased the brand from TaylorMade-adidas Golf on February 11, 2008, however, the Noodle trademark and all golf ball patents remained with TMaG.
Mitre is a British sportswear and equipment supplier based in England, owned by Pentland Group. Established in England in 1817, Mitre is the world's oldest manufacturer of footballs. Mitre currently uses the Mitre Delta V12 Football in competitive professional matches. This includes the League Cup, the Football League and the Football League Trophy.
Mizuno Corporation is a Japanese sports equipment and sportswear company, founded in Osaka in 1906 by Rihachi Mizuno. Today, Mizuno is a global corporation which makes a wide variety of sports equipment and sportswear, for golf, tennis, baseball, volleyball, football, running, rugby, skiing, cycling, swimming, judo, table tennis, badminton, boxing and athletics.
New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc., best known as simply New Balance, is a British-American footwear manufacturer based in the Brighton neighbourhood of Boston, Massachusetts, United States (US). The company was founded in 1906 as the "New Balance Arch Support Company" and is one of the world's major sports footwear manufacturers.
Nike, Inc. is an American multinational corporation that is engaged in the design, development, manufacturing and worldwide marketing and selling of footwear, apparel, equipment, accessories and services. The company is headquartered near Beaverton, Oregon, in the Portland metropolitan area, and is one of only two Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Oregon. It is one of the world's largest suppliers of athletic shoes and apparel and a major manufacturer of sports equipment, with revenue in excess of US$24.1 billion in its fiscal year 2012 (ending May 31, 2012). As of 2012, it employed more than 44,000 people worldwide. The brand alone is valued at $10.7 billion, making it the most valuable brand among sports businesses.
O'Neill is an American surfboard, surfwear and equipment brand started in 1952 in San Francisco, California, which moved down the coast to Santa Cruz by the end of the decade. The company is credited with inventing the wetsuit. Jack O'Neill founded the very first O'Neill company. In 2007, O'Neill Wetsuits Inc. sold the rights to the trademark to Logo International Inc. O'Neill products are distributed internationally by a group of authorized licensed distributors worldwide.
PING is an American brand of premium golf equipment, as well as one of the largest of the remaining American manufacturers of golf clubs, based in Phoenix, Arizona, founded by Karsten Solheim, who was an engineer at the General Electric company. In 1959, he started making his own putters in his garage in Redwood City, California. In 1967, because of increasing demand for his putters, he resigned his job at General Electric in order to fully develop the PING company. Currently, PING produces clubs in every equipment category: drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, irons, wedges and putters.
Pirma is a Mexican sports clothing manufacturer. It began in 1990 in Mexico and has become an almost worldwide company. It sells all kinds of clothing clothing from: football, basketball, athletics, Boxing, women's clothing, and urban clothing. It operates in Mexico, USA, Canada, South Africa and Brazil.
Puma SE (officially branded as PUMA) is a major German multinational company that produces athletic and casual footwear, as well as sportswear, headquartered in Herzogenaurach, Bavaria, Germany. The company was formed in 1924 as Gebruder Dassler Schuhfabrik by Adolf and Rudolf Dassler. The relationship between the two brothers deteriorated until the two agreed to split in 1948, forming two separate entities, Adidas and Puma. Both companies are currently based in Herzogenaurach, Germany.
Quiksilver, Inc., an Australian company based in Huntington Beach, California, United States, one of the world's largest manufacturers of surfwear and other boardsport-related equipment. Its logo, designed by the company founder Alan Green and John Law in Torquay, Victoria, Australia in 1969, inspired by Japanese painter Hokusai's woodcut The Great Wave off Kanagawa consists of a large wave with a mountain on a red background.
Reebok International Limited was founded in 1895 in Bolton, Greater Manchester, UK. It is a subsidiary of the German group Adidas since 2005, and is a producer of athletic shoes, clothing, and accessories. The global headquarters are located in Canton, Massachusetts, U.S.; with regional offices in Amsterdam (EMEA), Montreal (Canada), Hong Kong (Asia Pacific) and Mexico City (Latin America).
Rip Curl is a major Australian designer, manufacturer, and retailer of surfing sportswear (also known as boardwear) and accompanying products, and a major athletic sponsor. Rip Curl has become one of the largest board wear brands in Australia, Europe and South America and is also active in North America and South Africa. In December 2013, Rip Curl remains a private company and Michael Daly is the chief executive officer (CEO) of Rip Curl Group.
The Salomon Group (also just known as "Salomon") is a sports equipment manufacturing company that originated in Annecy, France. The company was started in 1947 by Francois Salomon and his wife and son. In 1997, it became part of the Adidas group.
Slazenger is an English sporting goods manufacturer which concentrates on racket sports including tennis, cricket and hockey. Established in 1885, it is today one of the oldest surviving sporting brand names.
Srixon is a brand owned by SRI Sports Limited, a subsidiary of Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd., specializing in golf and tennis. Srixon is most well known globally for its golf balls, holding the largest number of golf ball patents worldwide, and having previously supplied other leading manufacturers such as Dunlop Slazenger with great success. They also produce a full range of golf clubs and accessories.
TaylorMade-Adidas Golf Company is a manufacturer of golf clubs, bags and accessories based in Carlsbad, California, United States. It is a subsidiary of the German company Adidas Group. The company is currently the largest golf equipment and apparel company in the world with sales of over US$1 billion in 2011.
Titleist is an American brand name golf equipment and apparel products produced by the Acushnet subsidiary, which is headquartered in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, United States. It was founded in 1932 by Philip E. Young, and is a subsidiary of the South Korean company Fila.
Umbro is a British sportswear and football equipment supplier based in Cheadle, Greater Manchester.
The company is since 2012 a subsidiary of American company Iconix Brand Group.
Umbro designs, sources, and markets football-related apparel, footwear, and equipment. Its products are sold in over 90 countries worldwide.
The Wilson Sporting Goods Company is an American sports equipment manufacturer based in Chicago, Illinois.
It is since 1989 a foreign subsidiary of the Finnish group Amer Sports.
Wilson makes equipment for many sports, among them badminton, baseball, basketball, softball, football, golf, racquetball, soccer, squash, tennis, and volleyball.