Top 10 Sports Brands in the World 2017

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8. Columbia Sportswear

Columbia Sportswear Company was founded in 1938 by Paul and Marie Lamfrom who fled from Germany and purchased a Portland hat distributorship.


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Then they became Columbia Hat Company, named after the nearby Columbia River. Frustrated over suppliers, the family started to manufacture their own products and renamed themselves as Columbia Sportswear Company in 1960.

Headquartered in Washington, Oregon, United States, the company is presently headed by Gert Boyle. The company manufactures and distributes outerwear and sportswear. The product line also includes footwear, headgear, camping equipment, skiwear and outerwear accessories.

Columbia became publicly traded in 1998 and listed as COLM in NASDAQ. The logo of the company is a resemblance of swastika. But the logo is not inspired by the Nazi symbol considering the fact that the company was founded by German Jews who fled Nazi Germany.

The company acquired footwear maker Sorel Corporation, Mountain Hardwear, Pacific Trail and Montrail brands. Recently Columbia Sportswear was announced as Manchester United’s first official outdoor apparel partner. Manchester united is excited to bring the fans an exciting range of club branded products that is a new way of expressing their support for the club.

Columbia works with independent manufacturing partners that make their products in over 15 different countries and makes sure that sustainable manufacturing practices are applied. They are committed to assuring that partners with whom they do business share the same set of values. Past December, Columbia Sportswear was featured globally on CNBC in a short film about HERproject that highlights the need for health education for female factory workers in developing countries.

Revenue(in million USD):2377



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