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The North Face

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The North Face, Inc.
Subsidiary
Industry
Founded1968; 51 years ago (1968) in San Francisco, California, US
Founders
Headquarters,
US
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Arne Arens, Global Brand President
Products
  • Clothing
  • Outdoor gear
ParentVF Corporation
Websitethenorthface.com
Footnotes / references
[1]

The North Face is an American outdoor recreation product company. The North Face produces clothing, footwear, and outdoor equipment.

The company is headquartered in Alameda, California, co-located with its corporate sibling, JanSport.[2]

History

The North Face began in 1966 as a climbing equipment retail store in San Francisco, founded by Douglas Tompkins and his wife, Susie Tompkins.[1] It was acquired two years later by Kenneth "Hap" Klopp.[1][3]

In 2000, The North Face was acquired by VF Corporation for US$25.4 million, becoming a wholly owned subsidiary.[4][5]

In December 2008, The North Face filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri against The South Butt, its creator James A. Winkelmann Jr., and a company which handled the firm's marketing and manufacturing. In the legal action, The North Face alleged trademark infringement and sought injunctive relief.[6] After the court ordered mediation in the case, the parties reached a closed settlement agreement on April 1, 2010; however, in October 2012, Winkelmann admitted in court that he and his father violated the settlement agreement with The North Face and agreed to pay US$65,000, an amount that will be reduced by US$1,000 for every month of compliance.[7][8]

In May 2019, Leo Burnett Tailor Made, a marketing agency for The North Face Brazil, revealed that they had surreptitiously replaced photos of popular outdoor destinations on Wikipedia with photos featuring North Face products in an attempt to get these products to appear more prominently in search engine results. Following widespread media coverage and criticism from the Wikimedia Foundation, The North Face ended and apologized for the campaign, and the product placement was undone.[9]

Fashion

By 1997, purchasers of North Face attire had expanded beyond those looking for technical clothing for skiing, climbing, and other outdoor pursuits to rappers in New York City, but remained only a small part of the company's business.[10]

Wearers of the North Face attire became the targets of robbery.[11][12] A similar trend occurred in South Korea in the early 2010s where it became a status symbol, causing kids to be bullied or have their North Face apparel stolen.[13]

References

  1. ^ a b c Finz, Stacey (April 8, 2012). "Business booming for once-troubled North Face". SF Gate. San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved December 10, 2015.
  2. ^ Horovitz, Bruce (August 20, 2007). "New 'badge' of cool: High-tech, high-fashion backpacks". USA Today. p. 1A. Retrieved September 1, 2009.
  3. ^ "Bruce B. Johnson's History of Gear webpage".
  4. ^ "The North Face Acquired by VF Corp. in $25.4M Cash Deal". Sports Business Daily. April 10, 2000. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  5. ^ VF Corporation – VF in the News
  6. ^ Frankel, Todd C. (December 15, 2009). "The North Face is suing The South Butt International clothing company accuses teen's Ladue-based operation of trademark infringement". STLtoday.com. Retrieved October 20, 2012.
  7. ^ Billhartz Gregorian, Cynthia (April 3, 2010). "North Face, South Butt reach agreement". STLtoday.com. Retrieved December 8, 2011.
  8. ^ "South Butt Clothing Falls Off a Cliff". Couthouse News Service. October 17, 2012. Retrieved October 22, 2012.
  9. ^ Mervosh, Sarah (May 30, 2019). "North Face Apologizes for Adding Its Own Photos to Wikipedia to Promote Its Brand". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  10. ^ Szabo, Julia (March 9, 1997). "Geared for the Grocery, or Mount Everest". New York Times. Retrieved May 30, 2019.
  11. ^ "Suspects nabbed in jacket, car robberies". The Washington Times. February 14, 2005. p. 2.
  12. ^ Takanashi, Lei (October 31, 2018). "How The North Face Took Over '90s New York". The Cut. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  13. ^ Jung-yoon, Choi (January 16, 2012). "In South Korea, North Face jackets tied to wave of bullying, theft". LA Times Blogs - World Now. Retrieved May 31, 2019.

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