True Religion

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True Religion
IndustryDesigner jeans, clothing
FoundersKym Gold
Jeff Lubell
HeadquartersGardena, California, U.S.
Area served
Key people
Michael Buckley

True Religion Brand Jeans is an American clothing company established in 2002 by Jeff Lubell and Kym Gold and is based in Vernon, California.


True Religion brand designer jeans are manufactured from premium denim. They also make Designer clothing, some of which is made in the United States. In 2009, True Religion was sold in about 900 boutiques and specialty stores in 50 countries on six continents.[1] In May 2021, the company owned 50 retail stores in 30 countries.[2]


Unusually, the brand began with the 2002 production of about 14,000 pairs of jeans, being, the co-founder Lubell has remarked, contrary to the typical business model, in which "you make a sample line, go to market, get orders, and ship your production."[3] The company adopted a business model in which everything was outsourced, depending on contractors "to do everything."[3]

Its flagship store opened in 2005, in Manhattan Beach, California. True Religion products are also sold at major department stores, including Von Maur, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue.[4]

In November 2019, the company's former president[5] Michael Buckley was appointed CEO, returning to aid in recovery from bankruptcy.[6] Subsequently, Buckley re-hired designer Zihaad Wells as creative director, who had, in late 2006, resigned from Levi's in Europe to join True Religion,[5] also at Buckley's request.[6]

Following two bankruptcy filings, in 2017 and 2020, the brand closed some stores.[7] The company appeared to rebound in 2021, with sales topping $235 million.[5][6]

2013 acquisition by Towerbrook[edit]

True Religion was purchased by TowerBrook Capital Partners on May 10, 2013. The acquisition provided shareholders a 52% premium to True Religion's share price on October 9, 2012.[8] The stock had fallen 40% in 2012 up to October 9, 2012, due to a poor pre-Christmas sales in 2011, and concern that a shrinking number of shoppers were willing to purchase True Religion's high-priced jeans.[9] Forbes also noted that, over the prior three years, True Religion shares had gained just 11.6% while shares in comparable luxury-goods companies VF Corporation, Ralph Lauren Corporation, and PVH Corp. had each more than doubled in value.[9] Prior to the purchase, True Religion traded on NASDAQ under the symbol TRLG.[10]


True Religion filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on July 5, 2017, acknowledging that it had $534.7 million in liabilities and only $243.3 million in assets.[7] It then announced the closure of 27 stores in the United States.[11]

In April 2020, the design company again filed for bankruptcy,[12] closing 37 locations, resulting in a total of 49 stores remaining. The second bankruptcy was completed in November 2020,[5] and the company was considered to have rebounded the following year.[5][6]

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  1. ^ "True Religion Apparel, Inc." Archived 2009-02-26 at the Wayback Machine. Annual Reports. December 10, 2009.
  2. ^ Edelson, Sharon (2021-05-06). "True Religion CEO Michael Buckley Talks Turnaround And International Growth". Forbes. Retrieved 16 August 2022.
  3. ^ a b Abkowitz, Alyssa (2009-11-16). "How True Religion jeans got started". Fortune. CNN. Retrieved 16 August 2022.
  4. ^ "Store Locator". Archived from the original on July 3, 2014. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d e Moin, David (2021-10-04). "Behind a Rebound, True Religion Aims to Double Revenues". Women's Wear Daily. Retrieved 16 August 2022.
  6. ^ a b c d BENISSAN, Ezreen (2021-12-13). "How Juicy Couture and True Religion made a comeback". Vogue. Retrieved 16 August 2022.
  7. ^ a b Wattles, Jackie (July 5, 2017). "True Religion files for bankruptcy". Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  8. ^ "PE Purchase". 10 May 2013. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  9. ^ a b "When A Bullish Bet On True Religion Paid Off With A 24% Return". Forbes. 10 May 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2014.
  10. ^ "TRUE RELIGION APPAREL INC (TRLG) SPO". Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  11. ^ Bomey, Nathan; Tulp, Sophia; Ell, Kellie (July 5, 2017). "True Religion to close 27 stores after bankruptcy filing: See the list". USA Today. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  12. ^ "True Religion Files for Bankruptcy Again as Denim's Allure Fades". Bloomberg. April 13, 2020.

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