Established in 1973, Roots is Canadaís leading lifestyle brand known around the world for its quality leather goods, active athletic wear, yoga wear, accessories and home furnishings. Starting with a tiny store in Toronto, Roots now has more than 120 retail locations in Canada and the United States, and more than 40 in Asia. In addition, Roots has a state-of-the-art leather goods factory and design centre in Toronto.

Under the leadership of Co-Founders Michael Budman and Don Green, the Roots style and values are based on quality, integrity and longevity. An iconic Canadian company, Roots embodies a distinctive look synonymous with a casual, athletic, hip and outdoor lifestyle. Appealing to all ages, the broad array of Roots-branded merchandise is known for great design, quality materials, superior comfort and durability. The Roots collection encompasses menís, womenís, leathers, babies, kids and home products.

A privately held company, Roots has long been a leader in producing custom merchandise for an impressive roster of Canadian and US companies. Through our extensive involvement in the world of arts and entertainment, Roots has developed custom products for hundreds of films, TV shows, concert tours and other major cultural events and organizations.

Roots is proud of its Canadian heritage and its strong link with Canada. The nature, culture, sports and human diversity of Canada have always been a major source of inspiration at Roots. Itís an intrinsic part of the company. Roots employs nearly 2,000 people in Canada and contributes to the employment of thousands more through our work with suppliers and other activities.

In 2006, Roots opened the Roots Yoga Studio in Toronto. Located above the Roots Rosedale store, the studio is only a few blocks from where the original Roots store opened in 1973. The studio was conceived and is managed by Denyse Green, wife of Co-Founder Don Green, who has been a yoga enthusiast for more than 30 years. Denyse was also heavily involved in creating the Roots Yoga line of apparel. The completely eco-friendly studio provides classes seven days a week, taught by certified instructors.

Over the years, many of the Roots styles and products have changed, but some things have not. These include the core principles that have governed Roots since its inception. They are based on a strong commitment to health, wellness and protecting the environment. They are based on respect and appreciation of people — those we work with and those who shop in our stores. They are based on supporting the communities where we do business.

These values are as valid today as they were back in 1973. Perhaps now more than ever.