Founded in Rochester, New York almost a century ago, Champion Apparel started out life crafting high-quality sweatshirts and sweatpants for University and College sports teams local to New York City. The brand’s reputation soon spread, and before long Champion was the go-to apparel sportswear manufacturer for sports teams across the US.
The brand expanded its range while retaining its focus on premium quality sportswear. Champion’s fame grew as it was adopted by professional sports teams and the US Military Academy as its official uniform maker. Here’s our complete guide to Champion apparel…
A Brief History of Champion Apparel
The Feinbloom brothers establish the company that would become known as “Champion” in Rochester, New York, crafting sweatshirts and sweatpants for University and College sports teams in New York City
The business expanded across American Universities, beginning with Champion’s first partnership with the University of Michigan. Impressed by the quality and innovation of their sportswear.
Champion’s reputation quickly started to spread as Coaches from Michigan spoke with coaches from other schools and colleges. Across the U.S. Champion became the go-to manufacturer of sports apparel across the US University sports scene.
Renamed Champion Knitting Mills Inc, the brand expanded its range to take on T-shirts, athletic socks and more. Champion also developed woollen underwear as a prototype for the sweatshirt, protecting outdoor workers against the cold and increasing its reputation for functional, durable apparel. It wasn’t long before Champion products were adopted by the US Military Academy. They were used during training exercises and physical education classes.