Fila Holdings Corp. is a sportswear brand of shoes and apparel. The company was founded by Ettore and Giansevero Fila in 1911 in Coggiola, near Biella, Piedmont, Italy.[2][better source needed] In 2003, it was sold to United States-based Sports Brand International.[3] Subsequently, in 2007, Fila Korea acquired the brand.[4] In September 2010, it launched its initial public offering on the Korea Exchange.[5][6][7]

Fila Holdings Corp.
TypePublic
KRX: 081660
Industry
Founded
Founder
  • Ettore Fila
  • Giansevero Fila
Headquarters
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Gene Yoon, Chairman
Products
ParentFILA KOREA Ltd.[1]
SubsidiariesAcushnet Company
Websitefila.com

Through its subsidiary Magnus Holdings Co., Ltd, Fila Holdings owns a 52% stake in Acushnet Company.[8] Fila Holdings' largest shareholders include Piemonte Co., Ltd at around 20%, Fila Holdings at 20%, and South Korea's National Pension Service at around 13%.[9] Gene Yoon (Yoon Yoon-su), who owns a 75% stake in Piemonte,[10] serves as the chairman of Fila Holdings. The chief executive officer is Yoon Keun-chang.[11]

HistoryEdit

 
Björn Borg in 1981

In 1906, brothers Ettore and Giansevero Fila joined the Giuseppe Regis and Figli di Coggiola wool mill in Biella, Piedmont, Italy. In 1911,[12] the Regis brothers withdrew from the company and the wool mill took the name Fratelli Fila S.p.A;[13] Fila was officially established in 1923. It originally made clothing for the people of the Italian Alps, primarily underwear. In the 1970s it moved into sportswear, with an endorsement deal with tennis player Björn Borg; the brand became more popular after the transition.[14]

In 1988, Fila changed ownership from Italian chemical company SNIA S.p.A. to Fiat-controlled holding company Gemina, later restructured as Holding di Partecipazioni. In 1991, Fila shifted focus from clothing in Europe to footwear in the US, and completed a buyout of its US license. High-profile sponsorships, including basketball players Grant Hill and Jerry Stackhouse, helped make Fila America's fastest-growing footwear brand by 1995.[14]

In 2003, Holding di Partecipazioni sold the company to Cerberus Capital Management, a US-based hedge fund, after the company over-committed itself to expensive athletic endorsements at a time when margins were under pressure. Cerberus owned Fila through holding company Sports Brands International, which owned and operated all Fila businesses around the world with the exception of Fila Korea, which was a separate company operating the brand under licence. In January 2007, the brand and all its international subsidiaries were acquired by Fila Korea.[15]

 
Ducati 999R with Fila sponsorship

In 2009, Anta Sports acquired the rights to the brand in China, Hong Kong, and Macao from then Fila company's Chinese joint venture partner Belle International. Fila Korea still owned 15% shares of the joint venture company "Full Prospect".[16]

In May 2011, Fila Korea Ltd. acquired global golf equipment maker Acushnet Company, becoming the new owner of golf brands such as Titleist and FootJoy, for $1.23 billion.[17][18]

In October 2019, South Korean boy group BTS became the global brand ambassadors of Fila.[19]

In March 2021, Fila China stated that it would continue to source cotton from Xinjiang despite public criticism that such cotton had been produced with forced Uyghur labor in the region.[20]

SponsorshipsEdit

Baseball teamsEdit

Tennis playersEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  19. ^ Pace, Lily (October 1, 2019). "BTS Are Now Global Brand Ambassadors For Fila". Billboard. Archived from the original on May 2, 2020. Retrieved October 7, 2019.
  20. ^ Hyun-su, Yim (March 30, 2021). "Fila stays silent after Chinese unit vows to continue using Xinjiang cotton". The Korea Herald. Archived from the original on March 31, 2021. Retrieved April 1, 2021.
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