Reef (company)

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Genre Surfing
Founder Fernando & Santiago Aguerre
Headquarters Carlsbad, California, USA
Parent VF Corporation

Reef is a brand of casual sandals, known as Thongs. Two Argentine brothers, Fernando and Santiago Aguerre, created their brand in the 1980s to support their active lifestyles. Their involvement concerning surfing led them to open their own surf shop in Argentina in the 1970s. Eventually they moved from Argentina to the San Diego beach community of La Jolla, California. This is where Reef began. Starting with $4,000, the brothers set out to create what is marketed as the world's best active sandal.[1] Their product became popular amongst surfers and beach goers. Reef has subsequently grown into one of the world's leading active sandal manufacturers.[2]

In 1995 the company had grown and expanded their operations, moving into an 80,000-square-foot (7,400 m2) San Diego facility.[citation needed]

While the initial market was primarily surfers and beach denizens, Reef sandals began to be sold in the skate, snowboarding, and mainstream fashion scene.[citation needed] The company now promotes sporting gear from boards and footwear to active clothing as well. Reef launched their women's sandal line in 1998 and in 2002 also launched their logo program including hoodies, T-shirts, caps and beanies for both men and women. The success of the logo program launched a move into a complete men's clothing line and a women's bar.[citation needed]

Co-founder Fernando Aguerre is currently president over the International Surfing Association and is working towards the sport's Olympic participation.[3]

Reef is owned by VF Corporation.


  1. ^ "REEF > COMPANY". REEF. Retrieved 2008-06-27. 
  2. ^ McMahon, Shannon (2005-04-05). "Stepping into a fortune". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2008-06-27. 
  3. ^ "The ISA Olympic Movement". International Surfing Association. Retrieved 2008-06-27.