MEET OUR BRANDS
It is 1886, and the Lazzarini family sets up a shoemaker workshop in Ascoli Piceno in Italy. Characteristic of Lazzarini’s work is the fact that all of the shoes he makes are both flexible and comfortable. The younger Lazzarini, Emidio, takes up the family business in the 1950s, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather.
Continuing the family tradition, Emidio also manages to develop shoes that offer unparalleled freedom of movement, flexibility and fit. His work captures the essence of pure craftsmanship. In short, Emidio Lazzarini’s shoes prove to be a blessing for both athletes and everyday customers who desire supremely comfortable footwear.
Pantofola d’Oro: the golden slipper, a thoroughbred Italian brand. Stylish from tip to toe, and elegant to the core. A sporty soul, infused with a healthy dose of Italian machismo and luxury.
Brandsplus acquired the Pantofola d’Oro *** license in 2016.
Brandsplus acquired the Pantofola d’Oro license for Europe + Russia.
The company was established in 1919 by the Feinbloom brothers as “Knickerbocker Knitting Company. The company soon signed an agreement with the Michigan Wolverines to produce uniforms for their teams. In the 1930s the company was renamed “Champion Knitting Mills Inc.”, producing sweatshirts. Soon after, Champion products would be adopted by the US Military Academy to be used during training exercises and physical education classes.
Champion was acquired by Sara Lee Corporation in 1989. Champion produced uniforms for all the NBA teams during the 1990s and some NFL teams during the 1970s to the 1990s, for both on-field and retail purposes. It has also produced sportswear for many major colleges. Champion was also the kit manufacturer of the Olympic basketball team that competed at the 1992 Summer Olympics.
From the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, it was a very common fashion trend to see girls and guys of all ages wearing Champion sweatshirts over a turtleneck and over jeans with slouch socks and sneakers. Girls of all ages and adults also wore the sweatshirts oversized or extra-long with leggings and slouch socks and athletic sneakers, Keds or boat shoes. Today, Champion is considered a very well-known brand.
Brandsplus acquired the Champion Footwear license in 2016.
Brandsplus acquired the Champion Footwear license for Benelux.
The California Original
O’Neill, the original California surf, snow and lifestyle brand, was founded in 1952 when a young man named Jack O’Neill took his unstoppable passion for surfing and used it to battle Mother Nature. He “just wanted to surf longer”.
Soon, surfers were riding more waves, and riding them better, mostly because they could now enjoy longer sessions in cold water, thanks to Jack’s neoprene suits.
Jack’s initial vision of producing functional and innovative board riding products continues to lie at the core of everything the company does. From the first neoprene surf wetsuit and board leash to the world’s first seamless boardshorts.
As a brand created to enjoy nature longer, we see it as our responsibility to actively protect it and contribute to a cleaner, more sustainable world. In 1996 Jack O’Neill created the Sea Odyssey to educate students on the importance of the relationship between the living sea and the environment.
Today, the core of our company, our oceans, feel the impact of a wave of plastic. We have a mission to protect them, so that future generations can experience that same inexplicable feeling we have when we enjoy nature.
Our O’Neill Blue collection launched in 2015 is a movement towards environmental responsibility. We are committed to Blue through the use of sustainable materials that reduce our environmental footprint and help protecting our oceans. Join our Ocean Mission.
Brandsplus acquired the O’Neil Footwear license in 2019.
Brandsplus acquired the O’Neil Footwear license for Europe + Russia.
The brand that eventually became Lee Cooper was established in 1908 by Morris Cooper and a friend, Louis Maister, after they arrived in London from their hometown in Lithuania (then part of the Russian Empire), having previously spent some time in South Africa. Operating under the name M. Cooper (Overalls) Ltd., from premises on Middlesex Street in London’s East End, they began production of workwear, having identified a market for it in South Africa.
During the years of the First World War, M. Cooper (Overalls), which by then employed over 600 people, halted production of workwear and began making uniforms, kit bags and rucksacks for the British Army. In 1937, a new factory dedicated to the manufacture of denim was opened in Stratford, with the business reporting a profit of £1,000 by year end.
The outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 led Morris Cooper to split the business into two: one arm continued making workwear, while the other concentrated on producing military uniforms, battle fatigues and flight overalls. M. Cooper (Overalls) eventually became one of the biggest suppliers to Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.
In 2013, Iconix Brand Group acquired Lee Cooper from Sun Capital Partners.
Brandsplus acquired the Lee Cooper Footwear sublicense in 2017.
Brandsplus acquired the Lee Cooper Footwear license for Benelux, Germany and Austria.
International sportswear giant Fila was established in Biella, Italy in 1911, nestled among the foothills of the Italian Alps. A worldwide leader in sporting and lifestyle shoes and apparel, Fila champions its heritage Italian design DNA while simultaneously pushing the boundaries of modern performance wear.
Fila gained global attention for its instantly recognizable tennis apparel in the 1970s and has since expanded their design portfolio to include sporting apparel across a wide range of codes including golf, training, running and compression wear. While their technical processes are at the forefront of sporting design, the brand remains true to its time-honored European aesthetic and outfits professional artists and athletes from around the world.
Introduced to complement the main collections, Fila Black Line calls on the brand’s nostalgic catalogues from the 1980s and ‘90s. The capsule cleverly integrates the slouchy, oversized street-led designs of the ‘90s with the figure-hugging fits of the ‘80s to create a range for men and women that feels anachronistic yet inherently modern.
Fila delivers the perfect cross-section of sport and street. Our signature t-shirts fuse all the comfort and function you have come to expect from the brand, while a selection of sweatshirts, sports tops and performance jackets bring an extra dimension to your everyday rotation. Whether you’re on the court, at the gym or hitting the streets, Fila has you covered.
Brandsplus acquired the distribution rights for Fila Apparel, Footwear and Accessories in 2016.
Brandsplus acquired the Fila distribution rights for Benelux.