Founded in 1857 as the Furt and Packard Shoe Company and soon thereafter named Field and Flint Company, FootJoy is the number one seller of golf shoes and gloves in the United States.
Introduced in 1968 by Adidas for the 1968 European Football Championship, the iconic Telstar was the first football to be decorated with black pentagons.
Founded in 1979 by Roger Cleveland as ‘Cleveland Classics’, Cleveland Golf is a manufacturer of golf equipment, mostly known for its innovative wedges.
Founded in 1890 by Alfred Grace Thompson, Kookaburra is a sports equipment company, mostly known for manufacturing the most iconic cricket ball.
Founded in 1958 as a companion company to J.W. Foster and Sons (est. 1895), Reebok is an athletic footwear and apparel company, specialized in fitness.
Founded in 1823 by cobbler William Gilbert, Gilbert is the leading manufacturer of sports equipment for rugby union and netball.
Founded in 1982 by textile mogul Ely Callaway Jr., Callaway Golf Company is a leading manufacturer of golf equipment.
Founded in 1949 by Adolf ‘Adi’ Dassler, Adidas is a designer and manufacturer of sports shoes, clothing and accessories.
Founded in 1977 by Jake Burton Carpenter, Burton Snowboards played an important role in turning snowboarding from a backyard hobby into a world-class sport.
Sorel was introduced in 1962 by A.R. Kaufman, whose family business Kaufman Rubber Co. started making boots in 1907.
Founded in the 1950s by Maria Wöss, Eisbär is the world’s most iconic manufacturer of knitted ski hats.
Founded in 1937 by Frank Lowy, Unicorn is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of dart equipment.
The history of Eleiko began in 1957 in a small factory in Halmstad that manufactured electrical equipment.
Founded in 1949 by Adolf Dassler, Adidas is a designer and manufacturer of sports shoes, clothing and accessories.
Founded in 1968 by Ray Wilson and Augie Neato, Life Fitness is an American fitness equipment company, specialized in the production of exercise bikes and treadmills.
Two big names feature in the history of the dartboard: Nodor, founded in 1919, and Winmau, founded in 1945 as H.A. Hicks.
Founded in 1983 by Nerio Alessandri, Technogym is the manufacturer of the most iconic fitness equipment.
Founded in 1862 by Christian and Georg Thiel as a metal factory, Ruhla is a watch manufacturer in Germany, mostly known for its Gardé chess clocks.
Founded in 1910 by Jacob Golomb as a manufacturer of swimwear, Everlast is the world’s leading manufacturer, marketer and licensor of boxing equipment.
Founded in 1952 by Jack O’Neill, O’Neill is originally a Californian surf wear and surfboard brand, credited to have invented the wetsuit.
Founded in the 1860s by toolmaker Joseph Hudson, J Hudson & Co Ltd. is a manufacturer of whistles, trading under the Acme Whistles brand name.
Founded in the 1920s by Filipino Pedro Flores as the Flores Yo-Yo Company, Duncan is the manufacturer of the world’s most iconic yo-yo.
Founded in 1875 by Pierre Babolat, Babolat is a French tennis, badminton, and squash equipment company, best known for its strings and tennis racquets which are used by several top players.
Volleyball was created in 1895 by William G. Morgan, who wanted to combine elements of basketball, baseball, handball and tennis into one sport.
Founded in 1948 by Richard Knerr and Arthur Melin, Wham-O Inc. is a toy company known for marketing popular toys such as the Hula Hoop, the Frisbee, the Slip ‘N Slide, the Hacky Sack and the Boogie Board.
Founded in 1882 by Johann A. Hanhart, Hanhart is a Swiss-German watch company, specialized in chronographs and stopwatches.
Founded in 1928 in London as Reinforced Shuttlecocks Ltd., RSL Badminton is a professional badminton equipment provider.
Founded in 1929 by John Tate Riddell, Riddell is an American company specializing in sports equipment for American football, mostly known for its helmet technology and innovation.
Founded in 1956 by Bernhard Markwitz, Bema is the original manufacturer of the inflatable armbands – swim aids designed to make the wearer float in water.
Founded in 1885 by medical instrument maker Edoardo Bianchi, F.I.V. Edoardo Bianchi S.p.A is the world’s oldest bicycle-making company still in existence.
Founded in 1967 by Karsten Solheim, Ping is an American manufacturer of golf equipment, especially known for making the most iconic putter model, the Ping Anser.
Founded in 1855 by world rackets champion H.J. Gray, Grays is a supplier of quality sports equipment for hockey, racquets and cricket, and especially known as a field hockey stick manufacturer.
Founded in 1936 by Martin Magnusson, Hestra is a manufacturer of gloves for Alpine- and Freeskiing.
Founded in 1887, Rawlings is a manufacturer of sporting goods, specialized in Horween leather baseball gloves.
Founded in 1913 as the Ashland Manufacturing Company, the Wilson Sporting Goods Company is an American sports equipment manufacturer.
Founded in 1974 by Tommy and Margareta Malmsten, Malmsten AB is a Swedish manufacturer of swimming supplies, mostly known for its iconic swimming goggles.
Founded in 1932 by Phil Young, Titleist is an American brand name golf equipment and apparel products, mostly known for its iconic golfballs.
Founded in 1992 by Ben Bulsink, DGT Projects manufactures the official FIDE chess clock. When studying at the Technical University Twente in Enschede, Bulsink built his first clock in 1985.
Founded in 1904 in Marseille by Félix Rofritsch, La Boule Bleue makes the most iconic pétanque boules. It all started when Rofritsch opened a shop on the rue des Fabres, and sold goods that he called ‘articles from Paris’.
Founded in 1976 by rowing brothers Dick and Pete Dreissigacker, Concept2 is a manufacturer of rowing equipment based in Vermont, USA.
Playing cards date back as early as the 9th century during the Tang dynasty (618–907) in China. A standard deck of cards as we know it today is based on French playing cards.
Founded in 1881 by Ralph and Albert Slazenger, Slazenger is a British sporting goods manufacturer which concentrates on racket sports, and is today one of the oldest surviving sporting brand names.
Founded in 1960 by Oreste Zanatta, who first ran a small workshop, Calzaturificio Tecnica S.P.A. focused primarily on the production of work-boots.
Founded in 1876 by Albert Spalding in Chicago, Illinois, Spalding is an American sporting goods company specialized in the production of balls for many sports, but is most-known for its basketballs.
Founded in 1927, Bonzini has always been active in the leisure industry, with a specialization in precision engineering and furniture manufacturing.
John Brunswick built his first billiards table in 1845 at his woodworking shop in Cincinnati, Ohio, for a successful Chicago meatpacker.
Founded in 1923 in Beaune, in the Burgundy region of France, Bourgogne et Grasset make the benchmark casino chips.
The game of chess has a history that spans over 1500 years. Chessmen appear in all sorts of shapes and sizes…