|Headquarters||Seoul, South Korea|
Fila, Inc. is an Italian-South Korean sporting goods company. It was founded in 1911 in Italy, and is one of the world's largest sportswear manufacturing companies.
Fila was created in Biella, Piedmont, by the Fila brothers in 1909. It originally started by making clothing for the people of the Italian Alps, now manufacturing sportswear for men, women, kids and athletes.
The company's primary product was originally underwear, before moving into sportswear in the 1970s, initially with the endorsement of tennis player Björn Borg. The brand got more popular after moving into sportswear.
The original Italian ownership shop Holding di Partecipazioni sold the company to US hedge fund Cerberus Capital Management in 2003, after the company over-committed itself to expensive athletic endorsements, at a time when margins were under pressure. Cerberus owned Fila through holding company Sports Brands International, which owned and operated all Fila businesses around the world with the exception of Fila Korea, which was a separate company operating the brand under licence.
In January 2007, the global Fila brand and all its international subsidiaries were acquired by Fila Korea from SBI, which made it the largest South Korean sportswear company. Fila Korea currently holds all of the rights to the worldwide use of footwear and clothing brands of the parent firm.
In 2009, ANTA Sports acquired the rights to use the brand in China (the company "Full Prospect"), from Belle International, Fila Korea still owned 15% shares of the joint venture company "Full Prospect".
The women's Fila line of sportswear includes clothing for such sports as tennis, running, cross training, golf, swimming, and Fila's own line of vintage clothing.
Fila has everyday footwear for children of all ages, from infants to youth.
Fila has a range of different sneakers and trainers, but some are rarer to find than others. For example, the Foggia Hi LTD range is a popular high-top trainer that is hard to acquire in some countries.
The corporate logo of Fila features the company name using snakelike letters.
Past and present sponsorships
- Grant Hill
- Jerry Stackhouse
- Chris Webber
- John Isner
- Sam Querrey
- Juan Sebastian Veron
- John Barnes
- Boris Becker
- Björn Borg
- Korean Olympic Committee
- Doosan Bears
- Daejeon Samsung Fire Bluefangs
- Incheon Korean Air Jumbos
- South Korean men's national sepak takraw team
- SK Telecom T1
- Park Tae-hwan
- Son Yeon-jae
- Jenny Shin
- Australian Cricket Team
- Avaí Futebol Clube (since 2013–14)
- West Ham United F.C. (1999–2003)
- Bournemouth F.C. (2013–15)
- Farnborough F.C.
- Morecambe F.C. (since 2014)
- Notts County F.C.
- Luton Town F.C.
- Mohun Bagan A.C.
- Oldham Athletic A.F.C.
- Rochdale A.F.C (2012–2015)
- Stevenage F.C.
- Deportivo Quito
- Mark Philippoussis
- Jelena Dokic
- Jennifer Capriati
- Janko Tipsarević
- Jelena Janković
- Kim Clijsters
- Andreas Seppi
- Reinhold Messner
- Fiorentina (1997–2000)
- Dusty Hernández-Harrison
- Riddick Bowe
- Philippine Centennial Team
- Philippine Volcanoes
- Miss World Philippines 2013
- Kolossos Rhodes B.C.
- AEK B.C.
- Panathinaikos V.C.
- Virender Sehwag (2012-2015)
- Tina Maze
- Robert Smith
- Hurricane Chris
- Percee P
- Big Bang (Korean pop group)
- Beast (Korean pop group)
- 2NE1 (Korean pop group)
- Jung Il-woo (2012 F/W collection)
- Infinite (Korean pop group)
- Son Yeon-jae
- B1A4 (Korean pop group)
- Kim Soo-hyun
In popular culture
- The brand Fila was heavily featured in the 1986 film Soul Man.
- Ben Horne was wearing a Fila tracksuit in the 16° episode of second season of Twin Peaks.
- The brand Fila was heavily featured throughout the entire run of HBO crime series The Sopranos.
- The Fila logo is presented in the Super Famicom video games Super Final Match Tennis and Dream Basketball: Dunk & Hoop.
- The Fila Store is one of the drop off points in the video game Crazy Taxi.
- Fila Decathlon (2002) is a European-exclusive title published by THQ for the Game Boy Advance. Fila World Tour Tennis (2002) was released for the Xbox and Windows, while Fila Tennis Champions (2003) was released for the Windows.
- Toji Suzahara from Neon Genesis Evangelion wears a track jacket with the word FILA stitched on the front.
- Fila clothing was also very popular in the 1980s rap scene (today often called Old school hip hop). Examples are the song "Do the Fila" by Steady B, "Put your Fila's on" by Schoolly D or even a whole group labeled Fila Fresh Crew. Also the cover of Just-Ice's first album makes use of Fila signs.
- On the other hand, in their 1989 song "The Sounds of Science", the Beastie Boys exhorted listeners to "Rock my Adidas; never rock Fila."
- However, in a dramatic reversal five years later, Mike D tried to mount a Fila revival, only to encounter considerable resistance: "Step into the party with the Fila fresh gear, people looking at me like I was David Koresh here" ("The Scoop", Ill Communication, 1994).
- In (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!) by the same, Mike D wears a FILA T-shirt throughout.
- Lisa Left Eye Lopes raps a line about Fila shoes in the group TLCs song No Scrubs "T-Boz and all my senoritas, are steppin' on your Filas, but you don't hear me, though"
- Luke Wilson in "The Royal Tenenbaums" is seen wearing Fila tennis apparel throughout the film, most notably the headband.
- Zach Galifianakis in The Hangover II is seen wearing a white Fila tennis vest in the scene that takes place in his bedroom.
Excludes articles found in Category:Sporting goods manufacturers of Italy.
- "Executive Bios at Fila.com". Fila.com. Retrieved 9 July 2011.
- "DISCLOSEABLE TRANSACTIONS PROPOSED ACQUISITION OF FULL PROSPECT LIMITED AND FILA MARKETING (HONG KONG) LIMITED" (PDF). ANTA. Hong Kong Stock Exchange. 12 August 2009. Retrieved 29 March 2011.
- "Fila Korea buys Titleist for global expansion". Yonhap News. 2011-05-21. Retrieved 2011-09-20.
- Thomas, Denny; Robert MacMillan (2011-05-20). "Fila Korea buys Titleist golf company for $1.2 billion". Reuter. Retrieved 2011-09-20.
- "Fila Logo: Design, History and Evolution". FamousLogos.net. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
- "Fila-Sponsored Sam Querrey Defeats World No. 1 Novak Djokovic At Wimbledon". footwearnews. July 2, 2016. Retrieved July 4, 2016.
- "ตะกร้อไทยทีมเดี่ยว"ชาย-หญิง"คว้าแชมป์"คิงส์คัพ"". TPBS. Retrieved 8 August 2014. Thai: ภาษาไทย
- "JENNY SHIN". integration.filabrandcenter.com. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
- "Nas To Open Sneaker Store In Las Vegas". The Source.
- Ho, Stewart (9 September 2012). "Jung Il Woo Braves the Outdoors for Fila Sport". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
- "Infinite, the New Faces of Fila Korea". Dramafever. 2 January 2013.
- "B1A4 chosen as the new faces of 'FILA'". Allkpop. 2 December 2014.
- "Kim Soo-hyun laid-back, suave in Fila commercial". Kpopherald. 5 March 2015.
- Fila Logo (Super Final Match Tennis) at GameFAQs
- Benjamin, Brad (2007-03-07). "Sounds of Science". Paul's Boutique Samples and References List. Retrieved 2008-03-14.
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