Cotton On

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Cotton On Group
Privately owned
Industry Fashion
Headquarters Geelong, Australia
Area served
Key people
Peter Johnson (CEO)
Nigel Austin
Products Clothing, cosmetics, kids clothing, house decor
Divisions Cotton On Body
Cotton On Kids
Rubi Shoes
Subsidiaries Supré

Cotton On is an Australian retail chain, known for its fast-fashion clothing for men, women, teenagers and children. It has almost 1200 stores in 12 countries and employs 17,000 staff in Australia and internationally.[1]

Cotton On also operates Cotton On Body, Cotton On Kids, Rubi Shoes, Typo, T-bar and Factorie and owns Supré.


Cotton On was founded in 1991, with the first store being opened in Geelong, Australia.[2] As of 2013, the Cotton On chain has over 1000 stores worldwide.[3] As of 2011 the company employed around 5,500 people.[4]

The company was established by Nigel Austin in Geelong, Australia, at the time it only sold women's clothing. Since January 2006, it had expanded with Cotton On Body and Cotton On Kids, in December 2007 it expanded to Typo (stationery and gifts), and also Rubi Shoes in February 2008.[5]

The design team in the company's Australian office controls the steps of production from merchandise planning to establishing specifications, and production is outsourced to approximately 150 factories in Europe and Asia. These facilities are used for horizontal division of labor rather than being integrated.

After the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh in April 2013, Cotton On, along with other major Australian retailers, became the focus of a campaign by Oxfam Australia to get the company to sign the Bangladesh Fire and Safety Accord.[6]

In 2013, Cotton On acquired Australian fast-fashion brand Supré and plans to expand the brand internationally.

Cotton On hired Australian TV personality Lara Bingle to be the spokesperson of their One launch, which offered comfortable cotton basic shirts offered in a variety of necklines including V-neck, scoop and crew. Lara Bingle has also designed swimwear for the Australian Brand under their Body label.


Cotton On also operates 8 other brand names.

  • Cotton On Body - women's lingerie and sleepwear
  • Cotton On Kids - children's clothing
  • Rubi Shoes - shoes, bags, jewellery and accessories. Most of the items are made from Sifang (China) and Johor Bahru (Malaysia).
  • Typo - homeware, craft and stationery
  • T-bar - custom print T-shirts
  • Factorie - youth fashion
  • Supré - party wear
  • Free - tween apparel

Worldwide stores[edit]

Cotton On has over several stores worldwide, among of which exists between Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Greece and Hong Kong.


Cotton On have several outlets, among of which it is Rubi, Typo, T-bar and Factorie.

  • Cotton On
    • AMK Hub
    • Anchorpoint
    • Changi Airport
    • Changi City Point
    • Clementi Mall
    • Compass Point
    • Downtown East
    • FairPrice Hub
    • IMM Building
    • Jem
    • Jurong Point
    • Kallang Wave
    • Northpoint Shopping Centre
    • Sembawang Shopping Centre
    • Tampines Mall
    • Wisma Atria
  • Cotton On Body
    • Plaza Singapura
    • Wisma Atria
  • Cotton On Kids
    • IMM Building
    • Jem
    • Northpoint Shopping Centre
    • Tampines Mall
    • United Square
    • Wisma Atria
    • VivoCity
  • Cotton On Mega
    • 313 @ Somerset
    • Bedok Mall
    • Bugis Junction
    • Causeway Point
    • Hougang Mall
    • Junction 8
    • Lot One
    • Nex
    • Novena Square
    • Parkway Parade
    • Plaza Singapura
    • Suntec City
  • Factorie
    • ION Orchard
    • Suntec City
    • VivoCity
    • Westgate
    • Causeway Point
  • Rubi Shoes
    • AMK Hub
    • Causeway Point
    • Clementi Mall
    • ION Orchard
    • Jurong Point
    • Kallang Wave
    • Northpoint Shopping Centre
    • Tampines Mall
    • Tampines Secondary School
    • Westgate
  • Typo
    • 313 @ Somerset
    • AMK Hub
    • Anchorpoint
    • Bugis Junction
    • Clementi Mall
    • VivoCity
    • Wisma Atria


Cotton On had several stores in Malaysia.

  • Cotton On
    • Festival City
    • First World Plaza
    • IOI City Mall
    • Setia City Mall
    • The Curve
    • The Spring
    • Paradigm
  • Cotton On Kids
    • 1 Borneo
    • 1 Utama
    • Johor Premium Outlets
    • KLCC
    • Paradigm
    • Queensbay Mall
    • Setia City Mall
  • Cotton On Mega
    • 1 Borneo
    • 1 Utama
    • Aeon Ipoh
    • Avenue K Stage 2
    • Bukit Mertajam
    • Bukit Tinggi
    • Cheras
    • Empire Gallery
    • First Avenue
    • Gurney Paragon
    • JB City Square
    • Johor Premium Outlets
    • Main Place
    • Melaka
    • Mid Valley
    • Nu Sentral
    • Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
    • Plaza Merdeka
    • Sunway
    • Suria Sabah
    • Tebrau
  • Rubi
    • Johor Premium Outlets
  • Typo
    • 1 Utama
    • Nu Sentral
    • Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
    • Setia City Mall
    • Suria KLCC

South Korea[edit]

Cotton On had opened one megastore at Gyeonggi, on February 2014; in addition to another megastore on December 2014 at Gwangjeon and Gangnam areas.


Cotton On's Factorie also opened at Antwerp, Belgium on 11 January 2014.


Cotton On had opened one store at Rotterdam on 15 February 2014.


Cotton On had opened one megastore at Wenzhou on 19 June 2014, and at Sifang on 11 January 2015 which is under Rubi. Cotton On has plans to open various stores in China considering the high-speed railway chase in the past. Cotton On also opened one at Guangzhou on 5 June 2015.


Cotton On had opened one megastore at Savigliano on 10 February 2011. Most stores sell Rubi Interstellar 1.0 trainer sports shoes.


Cotton On had 41 known stores:

  • Berlin (18) - inclusive of Rubi & Factorie
  • Bremen (1)
  • Koln (7)
  • Frankfurt (11)
  • Munich (4)

United Kingdom[edit]

Cotton On have several outlets, among of which it is Rubi, Typo, T-bar and Factorie. Most of the Cotton On clothing stores are found in London (such as Piccadilly Circus), including their suburbs.

  • Cotton On Croydon
  • Cotton On Dagenham
  • Cotton On Goathland
  • Cotton On Greenwich
  • Cotton On Hainault
  • Cotton On Mitcham
  • Cotton On Mitcham Junction
  • Cotton On Norwood
  • Cotton On Oxford
  • Cotton On Reading
  • Cotton On Shenfield
  • Cotton On Stansted Airport
  • Cotton On St Mary Cray
  • Cotton On Upminster
  • Cotton On Walthamstow
  • Cotton On Wembley Stadium
  • Cotton On Windsor
  • Cotton On Body Brent Cross
  • Cotton On Body LEGOLAND Windsor
  • Cotton On Kids Maidenhead
  • Cotton On Kids Twyford
  • Cotton On MEGA Aberdeen
  • Cotton On MEGA Bedford
  • Cotton On MEGA Bradford
  • Cotton On MEGA Brentford
  • Cotton On MEGA Fleetwood
  • Cotton On MEGA Glasgow Central
  • Cotton On MEGA Hartlepool
  • Cotton On MEGA Inverness
  • Cotton On MEGA Leeds
  • Cotton On MEGA Shropshire
  • Cotton On MEGA Sunderland
  • Cotton On MEGA Wrexham
  • Factorie Birmingham
  • Factorie Brent Cross
  • Factorie Cardiff
  • Factorie East Ham
  • Factorie Westfield London
  • Factorie Woodford
  • Rubi Shoes Archway
  • Rubi Shoes Battersea
  • Rubi Shoes Birmingham
  • Rubi Shoes Blackpool
  • Rubi Shoes Brent Cross
  • Rubi Shoes Brighton
  • Rubi Shoes Camden Town
  • Rubi Shoes Cambridge
  • Rubi Shoes Cardiff
  • Rubi Shoes Carlisle
  • Rubi Shoes Ealing Broadway
  • Rubi Shoes Eastcote
  • Rubi Shoes Edinburgh Waverley
  • Rubi Shoes Gravesend
  • Rubi Shoes Heathrow
  • Rubi Shoes Liverpool Lime Street
  • Rubi Shoes Manchester
  • Rubi Shoes MetroCentre
  • Rubi Shoes Northolt
  • Rubi Shoes Nottingham
  • Rubi Shoes Oxford
  • Rubi Shoes Reading
  • Rubi Shoes Shropshire
  • Rubi Shoes Upminster
  • Rubi Shoes Westfield London
  • Rubi Shoes Westfield Stratford City
  • Typo Aylesbury
  • Typo Bath
  • Typo Cardiff
  • Typo Centrale
  • Typo Legoland Windsor
  • Typo Westfield London

United States[edit]

Cotton on has several stores in the United States including Cotton On Kids and Typo, with their flagship store in Santa Monica, CA at the Third Street Promenade.

The company worldwide[edit]

Number of stores as of 2015[7]


Middle East:




[*] - Denotes that it is only a "basic" Cotton On shop.

The Cotton On Foundation[edit]

The Cotton On Foundation[8] Goal is to educate 20,000 people from Southern Uganda by the year 2020.


In December 2012 Cotton On was fined $1 million for selling highly flammable children's sleepwear misleadingly labelled as low fire danger. The discount clothing retailer, which has more than 900 outlets across the country, was fined $400,000 for selling more than 1000 nightdresses that breached Australian fire safety standards, and a further $400,000 for selling more than 1000 unsafe pairs of girls' pyjamas, between September and December 2010. It was fined a further $200,000 for false and misleading labels on both sets of clothing items which claimed they were low fire danger.[9]


  1. ^ Oliver, Melinda. "Cotton On snaps up fast-fashion brand Supré amid influx of overseas retailers". Smart Company. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Cotton On About". Retrieved 18 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Cotton Store Locations". Retrieved 18 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "About Cotton On".
  5. ^ "Cotton On takes street monopoly". Fashion Source (Melbourne). 9 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "I support the Bangladeshi factory workers". Oxfam Australia (Sydney). 27 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Cotton On About Us
  8. ^ "Empowering Youth". Cotton On Foundation. 1 November 2007. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "Cotton On fined for selling flammable kids pyjamas". ABC News. ABC. 19 December 2012. Retrieved 27 April 2014.