Fruit of the Loom was founded in 1851 by two brothers in Rhode Island, USA. The B.B and R. Knight Corporation opened its first mill and began producing quality cotton cloth and textiles.

Five years later the Fruit of the Loom brand name was born, inspired by paintings of fruit created by the daughter of one of the company’s customers.

In 1871 Fruit of the Loom became official and was registered as trademark number 418. This makes the company one of the world’s oldest trademarks and also means it is older than Coca-Cola, the light bulb and even the humble paper bag.

With 160 years’ experience in manufacturing quality textiles Fruit of the Loom has grown to become one of the world’s leading clothing brands.


In 2002 Fruit of the Loom was acquired by Berkshire Hathaway Group, chaired by one of the world’s most renowned businessmen, Mr Warren Buffett. Being part of such an organisation provides financial security and a strong foundation on which we can build for the future.

More recently, Fruit of the Loom itself acquired the Russell Corporation, which includes a number of famous global brands such as Russell Athletic, Spalding and Brooks. The lingerie division of the VF Corporation, including highly-acclaimed lingerie brand Vanity Fair, was also acquired in recent years. Yet more evidence of Fruit’s ongoing growth.

As a global company with over 28,000 employees worldwide, we are continuing to invest in our business as well as constantly expanding into new markets. This vision for the future ensures you will always receive the quality and service you would expect from one of the world’s biggest clothing brands.