• Roots is Canada’s leading lifestyle brand known around the world for its quality leather goods, apparel, accessories and home furnishings.

  • Michael Budman and Don Green who still run the business today founded Roots in 1973. The privately held Canadian company began with a small store in Toronto selling what soon became the highly successful Roots ‘negative heel’ shoe.

  • The Roots global headquarters and design centre are located in Toronto at 1400 Castlefield Ave. The Roots state-of-the-art leather goods factory is located in Toronto on Caledonia Road. It has always been operated by the Kowalewski family, famous for three generations of old-world craftsmanship.

  • Roots has more than 200 retail stores in Canada, the United States, and Asia, (China, Taiwan).

  • Roots merchandise includes Roots Genuine Leather (jackets, bags and luggage); Roots Athletics (sportswear); Roots Kids and Roots Baby (clothing); Roots Home (leather furniture, linens, towels and accessories) and a number of licensees in categories including timepieces and luggage.

  • Roots has a rich Canadian heritage and a strong link with Canada. The country’s nature, culture, sports and human diversity have always been a major source of inspiration at Roots. Employing nearly 2,000 people in Canada, Roots also contributes to the employment of thousands more through its work with suppliers and other activities.

  • Green is more than just the official colour of Roots. It also reflects the company’s longtime environmental commitment, which includes using recycled, reclaimed and non-toxic materials in the building of stores; making sustainable products; supporting various environmental organizations and related projects.

  • Roots has an extensive Community Support program that provides assistance to numerous charitable organizations, especially those working with children in need or helping the environment.

  • The Roots website sells most Roots products to customers around the world. It uses carbon-neutral electricity to power its computer servers and Zerofootprint to offset the shipping of merchandise to customers.

  • Roots also has a network of approximately 40 outlet stores throughout Canada called Roots 73. Generally, Roots 73 stores feature more affordable, more mass-produced clothing for the entire family while staying true to Roots quality and style. Most of the merchandise is made specially for Roots 73 stores.

  • We are often asked where our leather bags get their names. In the mid-1970s, the tradition began of naming certain bags after a specific person. Often a name is given in honour of the person who inspired the bag. In other cases, the name is triggered by the function of the bag such as the 48-Hour Bag or a particular lifestyle such as the Downtown Bag. Those involved in the designing of Roots bags are the ones who choose the name of each new creation.

  • The Business-to-Business Department attracts high profile clients interested in customized Roots products. Roots has long been a leader in producing custom merchandise for an impressive roster of Canadian and US companies, including hundreds of films, TV shows, major concert tours and other cultural events and organizations.


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