KAYO of California would be happiest if everyone had Tattoos, despite what your mom says. The company makes women's clothing (stretch jeans and pants, denim leggings, and Capri pants) in junior, missy, plus size, and maternity sizes under the KAYO and Tattoo Jeans labels. KAYO of California, established in 1968, also makes pants, jeans, and shorts for juniors under private labels, such as Organically Grown. They're sold online, in retail stores, and in catalogs. The company's products are sold through mass merchants and department stores, including J. C. Penney, Sears, Wal-Mart, and Target, as well as through catalogs such as Newport News and Nordstrom.
IWP International plc company makes and markets personal care products, including cosmetics, soaps, fragrances, perfumes, and toiletries. IWP's brand names include CCUK, Collection 2000, and Constance Carroll cosmetics; Fade Out skin care; and Jerome Russell Bblonde!, Taylor by London, and Batiste fragrances. The firm's products are sold through retailers the likes of Boots and ASDA. Looking to lighten its load, IWP sold its Royal Sanders scent to G&I Alliance in June 2007. It also sold off its household products subsidiary and its self-adhesive label division. IWP markets its products in Europe.
Founded in 1877 by a sea captain named Helly Hansen, the eponymous company returned to Nordic ownership in late 2006 when Bahrain-based Investcorp sold the Norwegian outdoor-wear supplier to Sweden's Altor Equity Partners. The company is the British arm of Helly Hansen, a Norwegian maker of waterproof apparel for outdoor sports and work. The firm's foul-weather offerings feature three layers of apparel to keep the wearer warm and dry. The base layer uses polypropylene yarn that wicks moisture away from the body. The company makes clothing for men, women, and children.
"Avon calling" -- calling for a younger crowd, overseas reps, and improved global operational efficiencies. Avon Products, the world's largest direct seller of cosmetics and beauty-related items, is busy building a global brand and enticing customers younger than its typical middle-aged buyers. Direct selling remains the firm's "modus operandi", but sales also come from catalogs and a Web site. Its products include cosmetics, fragrances, toiletries, jewelry, apparel, home furnishings, and more. Avon boasts about 5.8 million independent representatives. With sales operations and distribution in some 110 countries and territories, the firm has expanded on a multiyear turnaround plan launched in late 2005.
Kolmar Labs Group company (formerly known as Outsourcing Services Group) is a contract manufacturer of cosmetics and personal care products, as well as over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. It operates through two subsidiaries: Kolmar Laboratories, which makes cosmetics, bath and hair products, and OTC health products; and Acupac Packaging, a specialty manufacturer focused on single-use consumer products, such as moist towelettes, sample packs, and dissolvable thin films (for example, breath strips). Both companies assist clients with the entire product development process, from conceptualization and formulation to testing, packaging, and distribution.
Pilot Pen was established in the US in 1970. The US arm of Tokyo-based PILOT Corporation (the oldest and largest writing instrument manufacturer in Japan), the company is a leading maker and marketer of writing instruments. As one of the top writing instrument firms in the US, Pilot Pen operates manufacturing facilities in the US and Japan. Its products include an assortment of pens (gel, roller ball, ball point, fountain), mechanical pencils, highlighters, styli, fountain pens, and markers. The company's products are sold under brands, such as Dr. Grip, G2, Precise, and EasyTouch, among others.
Kangol Limited licenses its signature hats, footwear, and accessories (bags, watches) to be sold throughout North America, Europe, and Asia/Pacific. In addition to nearly 10 standalone stores in China, Japan, and South Korea, Kangol sells its designs through such specialty and department stores as Selfridges, Nordstrom, and Harrods. Founded in 1938 to make military berets in England, the brand is today enjoying popularity with the hip-hop community. The Kangol brand is owned by sporting goods retailer Sports Direct International (SDI).
Chairman Hans-Joerg Seeberger and his family own about 40% of the company; he founded the company in 1972 in Japan. The company's German subsidiaries filed for bankruptcy in September 2008, citing heavy debt and liquidity difficulties. EganaGoldpfeil (formerly Egana International) wants you to take time for luxury. Through its subsidiaries worldwide, including Egana Jewellery & Pearls, the company designs and makes timepieces and jewelry under brands such as Junghans, Pierre Cardin, and Carrera, as well as licensed names such as Bulova, Esprit, and Paolo by Paolo Gucci. Other products include leather goods, eyewear, and apparel. Egana's products are sold in more than 100 countries.
S. B. Foot Tanning Co. company, founded by Silas B. Foot, is a tannery that offers products made from cow hides. A subsidiary of Red Wing Shoe Company, the firm uses cattle hides sourced in the US to make leather items. Its primary products include such as items as camouflage, upholstery, and footwear. Superior to cloth and canvas, S. B. Foot Tanning's camouflage-pattern leather is in demand by sportsmen, while its natural, polished full-grain leather is used to make upscale upholstery (chairs and couches). Its footwear leathers are used to make casual shoes, men's dress shoes, safety shoes, western boots, and work boots.
Thorco was founded in 1899 as F.M. Thorpe Manufacturing by Col. Frank M. Thorpe. The company was acquired in 1990 by Marmon. Thorco Industries company designs and manufactures custom store fixtures and merchandise displays. It ships to anywhere in North America from four plants in Missouri. Thorco sells its racks and shelving to a variety of retailer segments, including apparel, auto parts, greeting cards, grocery, music and video, and sporting goods. Customers have included Associated Wholesale Grocers and Wal-Mart.
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