Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Founders||Trafton Cole and Eddie Haan|
Number of locations
|Worldwide except Australia and Oceania|
J. Michael Prince
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.
Cole Haan was bought by Apax Partners Worldwide LLP for $570 million on November 16, 2012, from Nike, Inc.. Cole Haan has its headquarters in Greenland, New Hampshire, and its design center in New York City. Jack A. Boys is its current CEO.
Cole Haan stores are located in:
- Flatiron, New York City
- World Trade Center, New York City
- Rockefeller Center, New York City
- Soho, New York City
- Columbus Circle, New York City
- White Plains, NY
- Woodbury Commons, Woodbury, NY
- Century City, California
- Costa Mesa, California
- Honolulu, Hawaii
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Dallas, Texas
- San Francisco, California
- Atlanta, Georgia
- Tokyo, Japan
- Doha, Qatar
- Toronto, Canada
- Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
- Kuwait, Kuwait
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.
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.
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