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BLK (sportswear)

  (Redirected from KooGa)

Private Company
Industry Textile
Founded 2011 (1999 as KooGa Australia)
Founder Kim Brant
Headquarters 16-18 Kingston Drive
, Australia
Area served
Oceania, Europe,
North America, South America, Asia and UAE[1]
Key people
Tyron Brant (CEO)[2]
Products Sportswear
Parent Esperança Timor Oan

BLK (pron: "B-L-K") is a sportswear clothing company which was established in 2011 in the city of Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.

The overall but now heavily transitioned company has origins as far back as 1999, but evolved from the Australian arm of the brand KooGa. Australian founder and current chairman, Kim Brant, re-branded KooGa Australia to "BLK" in 2011. BLK has a network of suppliers in France; Ireland; Japan; Malaysia; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Solomon Islands; South Africa; United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and the United States.[citation needed] BLK's headquarters in the Gold Coast features its own fully operational warehouse while they also have production facilities in Fiji and China.[citation needed]

The parent company of BLK Australia, World Rugby Specialists, was placed into external receivership in November 2016. This was due to unprofitable sponsorships and an over-accumulation of inventory, among other financial troubles. In January 2017, BLK was acquired by Timor-based oil and energy company Esperança Timor Oan, amid BLK Australia's financial issues. ETO's managing director Nilton Gusmão dos Santos said the acquisition was part of their intentions to go beyond the energy field.[3][4]

Olympic GamesEdit

At the 2016 Rio Olympic games BLK supplied kit to the National Fiji team and the USA Sevens Rugby team.[5]

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