Cole Haan

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Cole Haan
Founded1928; 91 years ago (1928)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
FoundersTrafton Cole and Eddie Haan
Number of locations
Area served
Worldwide except Australia and Oceania
Key people
Jack Boys
J. Michael Prince
David Maddocks
OwnerApax Partners Edit this on Wikidata

Cole Haan is a global men's and women's footwear and accessories brand that was founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1928. Cole Haan currently has headquarters in both New York City and Greenland, New Hampshire, United States.


The company name comes from founders Trafton Cole and Eddie Haan, and was originally named “Cole, Rood & Haan” when the company was strictly a men's footwear label. Today it offers many products, including men's and women's dress and casual footwear, belts, hosiery, handbags, gloves, scarves, hats, outerwear, and sunglasses.

Cole Haan was sold to a group of partners headed by George Denney in 1975. These executives built upon the foundation established by Cole and Haan over the following decade, transforming the label into one of the leading U.S. footwear brands. They launched a retail division in 1982, which comprised 40 plus stores worldwide and cumulative annual sales of nearly $70 million by 1996.[1]

Nike Inc. purchased Cole Haan in 1988. Nike announced on May 31, 2012, that it was divesting of Cole Haan and Umbro to focus on the Nike brand and other complementary brands.[2][3]

Cole Haan was bought by Apax Partners Worldwide LLP for $570 million on November 16, 2012, from Nike, Inc..[4] Cole Haan has its headquarters in Greenland, New Hampshire, and its design center in New York City. Jack A. Boys is its current CEO.[5]

The Cole Haan Maine headquarters relocated from Yarmouth to Scarborough in summer 2011.[6] In October 2013 it was announced that the headquarters would relocate to Greenland, New Hampshire.[7]


Horween Leather Company supplies leather shells for footwear to Cole Haan.[8][9][10]

Retail stores[edit]

Cole Haan stores are located in:[citation needed]

Cole Haan on Newbury Street in Boston

Cole Haan products are also sold at retailers such as Nordstrom, Shoe Carnival, Zappos, Macy's, Lord & Taylor, Neiman Marcus, Hudson's Bay Company and other department stores and independent stores nationwide, as well as through its own outlet stores found in outlet malls throughout the country. Additionally, Cole Haan has stores and shop-in-shops globally in countries including Indonesia, Korea, China, Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Thailand, The Philippines, and Canada. Cole Haan has hoped to expand its business into Europe, but does not have any stores there nor in Australia or New Zealand.[11]


On February 25, 2008, the company announced it would discontinue using real animal fur in its products for business and sustainability reasons.[12]


Cole Haan chose Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova to headline its Spring 2009 and Fall 2009 advertising campaigns.


Cole Haan has done collaborations with designers, athletes, and tastemakers including a men's footwear capsule collection with CFDA-nominated menswear designer Todd Snyder and a collection of women's ballet flats designed in partnership with three dancers of New York City Ballet, Sara Mearns, Megan Fairchild, and Gretchen Smith.


  1. ^ Matthew, Stilphen (2013-07-09). "Q&A with George Denney - Keep Me Current". Keep Me Current. Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  2. ^ "Nike, Form 8-K, Current Report, Filing Date Jun 28, 2012". Retrieved Mar 27, 2013.
  3. ^ "to Divest of Cole Haan and Umbro to Focus on Accelerating Growth Through Nike and Complementary Sport Brands". Nike, Inc. Retrieved June 1, 2012.
  4. ^ "Nike, Form 10-Q, Quarterly Report, Filing Date Jan 9, 2013" (PDF). Retrieved Mar 27, 2013.
  5. ^ "Executive Profile Jack A. Boys". Bloomberg Business. July 2, 2015.
  6. ^ Kim, Ann S.(February 2, 2011). "Cole Haan offices will move to Scarborough". Portland Press Herald. Retrieved August 11, 2011
  7. ^ Cole Haan leaving Maine as new parent consolidates operations Whit Richardson, Bangor Daily News, October 10, 2013
  8. ^ "A Brief History « Horween Leather Company". Archived from the original on July 5, 2013. Retrieved March 28, 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. ^ Horween Leather Company. Retrieved March 26, 2013.
  10. ^ Barbara Rolek (October 27, 2003). "Horween's leather bound by tradition". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 27, 2013.
  11. ^ "Cole-Haan initiates major Europe expansion. (Nike Inc. Cole-Haan)". 18 October 1993. Archived from the original on 2017-07-01. Retrieved 2015-09-26. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  12. ^ Nike's Cole Haan to go fur-free, Forbes, February 25, 2008

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