Living Arts is a name synonymous with quality and innovation. We are a premier European consumer durables brand, with a strong global reputation for our technologically superior electronic goods and home appliances. At Living Arts, we aim to create products that are a result of cutting-edge innovation and organic design ideas. Excellent product specifications, and surprisingly affordable prices, have always been our overarching brand ethos. - See more at: http://www.mylivingarts.com
Founders - David T. Abercrombie, Ezra Fitch
Founded in 1892, Abercrombie & Fitch is a well known brand worldwide. It is a renowned American fashion house which specializes in casual wear, sportswear and not to forget, classical fragrances too. It boasts nearly 300 stores in the United States. The brand commands a global presence and is present in countries like United Kingdom, Denmark, Italy, Japan, France, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Founders - Adolf Dassler
The adidas Group is a global leader in the sporting goods industry. It delivers state-of-the-art sports footwear, apparel and accessories. The company operates around 170 subsidiaries and is home to brands like adidas, Reebok, TaylorMade, Rockport and CCM. While adidas and Reebok are footwear, apparel & accessories brands, TaylorMade is a golf equipment brand, Rockport is a brand of dress, casual & outdoor footwear, apparel and accessories, and CCM is a hockey equipment and apparel brand.
Founders - Etienne Aigner
The uber classic brand Aigner was founded by Etienne Aigner, who had an unusually humble start as a bookbinder. He later took interest in designing luxurious leather goods such as bags, luggage, belts, wallets and the works. He also designed elegant stuff for the super stylish Christian Dior, the man who created the brand Christian Dior. Etienne Aigner opened his first showroom in the year 1959 in Manhattan New York.
Founders - Alfred Dunhill
This brand is a manifestation of a son’s perseverance and passion that successfully transformed a saddler business into a glam fashion house. Alfred Dunhill is the proud founder of the eponymous brand that deals in luxury leather goods, writing instruments, lighters, apparels and fragrances. Over the decades, Alfred Dunhill, the brand, has won hearts as well as adulation of fashionistas and critics around the globe.
Founders - Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Ronald Wayne
Apple Inc. is an American multinational corporation.The company's best-known hardware products are the Macintosh line of computers, the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad. Its softwares include the Mac OS X operating system, the iTunes media browser, the iLife suite of multimedia and creativity software. Fortune magazine named Apple the most admired company in the United States in 2008, and in the world from 2008 to 2011.
Founders - Joseph Lauder, Estée Lauder
When the biggest fashion houses were busy catering to beauty and grooming needs of the womenfolk, there emerged a brand that introduced a range of fragrances and grooming products exclusively for men. Ever since its inception in 1964, Aramis, a part of the Estée Lauder group of companies, has been a celebrated brand of Men’s deodorant and fragrances. It is currently sold in more than 130 countries and territories worldwide.
Founded nearly two decades back, in the year 1991, Avision is a renowned supplier of imaging hardware products. It gained instant popularity with the launch of its first affordable document scanner. It currently operates through four branch offices located in Germany, China, the United States and Japan and boasts a workforce of 2000 talented individuals. Today, it is present in nearly 40 countries!
Founders - Loris Azzaro
Founded by Loris Azzaro, the brand Azzaro is a sheer manifestation of Mediterranean luxury. As an enthusiastic 28 year old, Loris Azzaro moved to Paris to start his very own range of fashion clothing and perfumes. Six years later, 1968, his clothing line became a massive hit in the fashion circles. Azzaro specialised in designing chic party dresses that exuded unmatched French elegance. Ever since its inception, Azzaro has remained synonymous with present-day luxury.
Founders - Felblum
Like millions out there who thought straight hair is boring, Felbum felt the same. He laid the foundation of the brand BaByliss that offers an extensive range of hairdressing and beauty products. Today, the brand has become synonymous with ‘hair curling’! Backed by continuous product innovation the brand has successfully carved a niche for itself amongst hair professionals and fashion conscious alike. It has also launched a dedicated line of grooming products under the label ‘BaByliss for Men’ that offers hair dryers, beard trimmers and the works.
Founder - Jamnalal Bajaj
Bajaj Electricals Ltd. is a 74 Year old consumer electrical equipments manufacturing company with a turnover of Rs. 3099 crores. It is a part of the US$ 7 billion Bajaj Group. Bajaj Electricals has six strategic business units: Engineering and Projects, Appliances, Fans, Luminaires, Lighting and Morphy Richards. The company has 19 branch offices and a chain of about 1000 distributors, 4000 authorized dealers and over 4,00,000 retail outlets in India.
Benetton Group S.p.A. is a group with a strong Italian character whose style, quality and passion are clearly seen in its brands, United Colors of Benetton, Undercolors of Benetton, Sisley and Playlife. It is present in 120 countries with fashion apparel as its core business. Its network of over 6,500 stores around the world, offers high quality customer services and generates a total turnover of over 2 billion euro.
Birla Electricals Ltd. manufactures and markets various small home appliances in India. It is a company of The Yash Birla Group. Its product range consists of mixer grinders, juicer mixer grinders, food processors, pop up toasters, sandwich makers, dry irons, steam irons, hand blenders, heaters, air coolers and much more. It launched 'Birla Lifestyle' - a complete range of quality small appliances in the year 2001 to address the wide spectrum of the Indian market.
Founder - Mike Lazaridis
Research In Motion Limited (RIM) is a Canadian multinational telecommunications company headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, that designs, manufactures and markets wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile and telecommunications market. RIM provides platforms and solutions for access to information, including e-mail, voice, instant messaging, short message service (SMS), Internet and intranet-based applications and browsing. RIM’s portfolio includes the BlackBerry wireless solution, the RIM Wireless Handheld product line, software development tools and other software and hardware.
Founder - Max Braun
Founded by Max Braun, an ace mechanical engineer, the brand first ventured into producing components for radio sets. The 1950s saw the launch of electric shavers. The innovative offering became a huge hit and continues being the most popular product on the Braun catalogue. In the 1970s, Braun shifted focus on home consumer appliances, including shavers, coffee makers, razors, clocks, and radios.
Founder - Thomas Burberry
Thomas Burberry started off his career as a modest apprentice at a local draper. After having honed his art, he soon opened his first store in Basingstoke, which stocked apparels for men and women. He eventually ventured into making gabardine a hardwearing, water-resistant yet breathable fabric, in which the yarn is waterproofed before weaving. The success sage continued as Burberry soon launched the iconic trench coat and even became popular for its unique chequered scarves and the works. Today, Burberry is ranked as the 98th most valuable brand in the world.
Founder - Sotirio Bulgari
Bulgari S.p.A. is the parent company and the owner of the BVLGARI brand which is a global and diversified luxury brand with a product and services portfolio of jewels, watches, accessories, fragrances, skincare, hotels and resorts. It operates 41 companies in 24 countries across the world. It has 3,815 employees and an international distribution network of 295 stores.
Founder - Fabiola Moreno
After passing out from the renowned Design and Communications Institute (IDC) and Nina Design Fashion School, Fabiola Moreno emerged out as an ace fashion designer. As an enthusiastic fashion student she also won the first place in the National Fashion Design Contest sponsored by the Association of Fashion Designers. She soon became associated with beauty pageants and fashion events. She participated as a fashion designer in 'Miss Peru', 'Miss Mundo Latina. The latter won her the award for best fashion designer of the year 2009. She currently makes exclusive ready to wear collections as well as custom designs and couture garments.
Founder - Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel
Coco Chanel (real name Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel) was born to give the world one of the most sought after fashion brands – Chanel. Her personal life was no less than a rollercoaster ride, but on the professional front she was passionate about fashion. The brand first came into limelight when one of her lavishly designed hats was worn by the popular theatre actress Gabrielle Dorziat for one of her plays. Coco Chanel soon opened a boutique that specialized in sporty and leisure clothing for women. The brand eventually gained tremendous popularity amongst the fashion circles. Today, top notch celebrities like Nicole Kidman, Anna Mouglalis, and other popular names constitute the prestigious Chanel clientele.
Founder - Christian Dior
As a boy he used to sell his fashion sketches for 10 cents. Little did the takers know that they were buying these from a potential designer, who is born to make the world a more fashionable place. Christian Dior always had an inclination towards arts and fashion. No wonder, he transformed his undying passion into a profession that earned awards and adulation galore. Dior dresses were known for bustier style bodices, hip padding, wasp waisted corsets and massive petticoats that allowed the dresses to flare out waist down. Christian Dior a brand born in 1946 still rules the roost with its uber luxurious fashion bric-a-bracs.
Founder - Estée Lauder, Evelyn Lauder
Little did beauty editor Carol Phillips know that an article pruned by her pen – ‘Can great skin be created’, for the popular fashion magazine Vogue (America) would lead to inception of an iconic skincare brand. The article published under the guidance of Dr. Norman Orentreich generated interest and a business idea in the mind of Estée Lauder. She roped in the same beauty editor and the doctor to help create a brand that was about to take the world by storm. August of 1968 saw the launch of a unique brand Clinique that was positioned as world’s first allergy tested, dermatologist-driven skincare line. With a wide range of skin care products formulated with scientific precision, the brand is still going strong worldwide.
Founder - Zino Davidoff
Born to a humble tobacco merchant in Ukraine, Zino Davidoff was born to make create a brand par excellence. As a young boy, Zino was sent to Latin America where he learnt tobacco trade, worked at tobacco plantations and experienced the world-famous Cuban cigars! He later used his learnings to transform his father’s modest tobacco shop into a high-class tobacco brand. His customers were the rich and the famous who appreciated finer cigars and similar products. Beyond tobacco products, the brand also ventured into items as pipes, humidor and even got licenses to manufacture perfumes!
Founder - Renzo Rosso
Diesel is a 33 year old fashion brand which specializes in creating fashion clothing and accessories for young adults. Renzo Rosso was born to a modest farmer family in Brugine, and showed unusual interest in textile designing. He studied industrial textile manufacturing. He stunned the people around with his very first creation which was a pair of low waist flared jeans that he stitched on his mom’s sewing machine. In years that followed he created several interesting pairs of jeans and sold them for a nominal amount. He also worked as a part time mechanic and even a carpenter to finance his studies. In the year 1978 he launched the brand Diesel which took the fashion world by storm.
Founder - Donna Karan
What would you call a girl born of an ace tailor and a stunning model? Donna Karan! As a teenager she started off her career selling clothes on New York’s Central Avenue. In 1988 she launched her very own fashion label by the name DKNY. Today, fashionistas around the world swear by the brand called DKNY, short for Donna Karan New York. With an array of chic and luxurious range of contemporary wear, designer Donna Karan truly rules the present-day fashion world. The brand enjoys a global presence and is operating through an extensive network of stores around the world.
AB Electrolux is a Swedish multinational home appliance manufacturer. It is the world's second-largest home appliance maker by 2010 market share. Its products include refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, vacuum cleaners and cookers sold under brands such as Electrolux, AEG-Electrolux, Zanussi, Eureka and Frigidaire. The company also makes appliances for professional use.
Founder - Elizabeth Arden
If you think, ‘makeovers’, ‘colour-coordinated accessories’ etc., are new-age fashion mantras it might surprise you to know that Elizabeth Arden started it all way back in early 1900s. As a young girl she worked as a bookkeeper with a pharmaceutical company. In between her work hours, she spent her time reading books on skincare. She also traveled the fashion capital of the world – Paris, France extensively. She scoured the local and elite beauty salons trying to learn various facial massage techniques. The hard work and insight gained soon translated into a series of top-notch skincare and beauty products. In an era, when wearing makeup was the sole prerogative of the entertainers, Arden propagated it as every woman’s must-have. She was the first to introduce the concept of eye-makeup, and also skin ceramides. Today, almost a century later, the brand Elizabeth Arden enjoys a global presence and is considered a revered fashion brand.
Founder - Margaretha and Wolfgang Ley
Escada is an international luxury fashion group in women's designer clothing. Founded by Margaretha and Wolfgang Ley the company was acquired by Megha Mittal in the year 2009. The brand enjoys a global presence as it operates through 60 well established stores across different countries. It is particularly popular in North America, western and eastern Europe and Asia.
Founder - Stephen Marks
With a controversial name that sounds quite like the tabooed ‘f’ word, the brand FCUK -short for French Connection United Kingdom, was destined to generate immediate interest. Backed by a range of top-notch range of men’s and women’s wear along with bold T-shirt slogans like ‘hot as FCUK’ and the works, the brand has successfully established itself as a young-adult fashion brand. In spite of all the controversies, FCUK operates successfully through a network of stores in the UK, US and Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, China, and India.
Founders- Donald Fisher, Doris F. Fisher
Founded in 1969, by Donald George Fisher – an American businessman, GAP continues to be one of the most loved clothing & accessories retailers from America. Boasting an extensive range of sportswear, casual wear, t-shirts, sweatshirts, along with an exclusive kids' range, GAP has won hearts and patronage of fashion-conscious youngsters across the globe. Today, it operates successfully through 3,076 stores worldwide, with nearly 2,551 stores in the United States!
Founders- Giorgio Armani
He would have been the most stylish medical professional ever or the coolest dude in army. But as destiny would have it, Giorgio Armani realized his true passion that gave the world a venerated fashion brand - Armani. The brand spells sheer luxury, and is known the world over for its clean and tailored lines. What distinguishes the brand Armani from other fashion houses is its specialization in men’s clothing. Suits, tuxedos, shirts, denims, you name it you have it!
Founders - Hubert de Givenchy
Founded in 1952, Givenchy is a French brand known for luxury clothing, accessories, perfumes and cosmetics. It is one of the rare brands to have had the honour of adorning divas like Audrey Hepburn and Jacqueline Kennedy, with its charismatic creations. It is no wonder that the man behind the brand, made it to the International Best Dressed Hall of Fame in 1970! In the year 1993 the brand achieved a record sale worth $176 million. Today, almost half a century later, the brand continues to be synonymous with elegant fashion clothing.
Founders - Ardeshir Godrej, Pirojsha Godrej
Godrej Group is one of the largest conglomerates based in Mumbai, India, involved in various industries that include appliances, precision equipment, machine tools, furniture, healthcare, interior solutions, office equipment, food-processing, security, materials handling and industrial storage solutions, construction and information technology. It has presence in seven major companies with interests in real estate, FMCG, industrial engineering, appliances, furniture, security and agri-care – to name a few – its turnover crosses 3.3 billion dollars.
Founders - Guccio Gucci
Inspiration and perspiration were certainly the two main ingredients that earned Gucci the iconic fashion brand status. As a young boy Guccio Gucci worked with some of the posh hotels in Paris and London. The classy luggage that the guests got with them caught his attention. He was smitten by the rich leather work and intricate crafting. Soon he started off his own leather goods business in Florence, under the label Gucci. With exotic leather products on its catalogue the brand Gucci soon shot to fame. Today, Gucci is the biggest Italian fashion brand and is known for its wide range of fashion clothing, watches, shoes, leather goods and also jewellery. It enjoys a global presence through 278 stores located in different countries!
Founder - Namihei Odaira
Hitachi, Ltd. is a Japanese multinational conglomerate. The company is the parent of the Hitachi Group as part of the larger DKB Group companies. Hitachi has been a diversified company that has 11 business segments: Information and Telecommunication Systems, Electrical Systems, Social and Industrial Systems, Automotive Systems, Electronic Component Devices, Construction, and Financial services. On the 2011 Forbes Global 2000 list, Hitachi was ranked number 473.
Founders - Cher Wang, HT Cho, Peter Chou
HTC Corporation, formerly High Tech Computer Corporation, is a Taiwanese manufacturer of smartphones and tablets. The company initially made smartphones based mostly on Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system (OS) software, but in 2009 it began to shift its core focus away from Windows Mobile devices to devices based on Android OS, and in 2010 to Windows Phone OS as well.
Founders- Chung Ju Yung
Hyundai Group, major diversified corporation in South Korea. The international company supplies a product line that ranges from ships to stereo equipment. Headquarters are in Seoul. Hyundai began as a construction firm founded by Chung Ju Yung in 1947. The company operated within South Korea until 1965, when it initiated a road building project in Thailand that marked the beginning of its growth into a multinational conglomerate.
Inalsa is a small home appliances company operating in India. It is a subsidiary of Taurus Group, head quartered in Spain, which is one of the most popular brands in Europe with its innovative product range of appliances since 1962. Inalsa is the pioneer in food processors and launched it in India twenty five years ago and continues to be the undisputed leader in this category. Currently, its range is expanded to over 30 product categories with more than 200 product references.
Founders - Issey Miyake
He was a witness to the gruesome Hiroshima bombings. He had the honour of creating 'turtle necks' for the legendary Steve Jobs which eventually became an integral part of Jobs' signature attire. He did the costume for Ballett Frankfurt with pleats in a piece named "the Loss of Small Detail" William Forsythe and also worked on ballet "Garden in the setting"Well. These are just some of the highlights from the life of Japanese designer Issey Miyake who founded the eponymous brand in the year 1970. Specializing in high-end women's apparel, Miyake is a brand associated with fashion and finesse. The brand is also associated with a fine range of classical & contemporary fragrances.
Founder - Nathaniel B. Wales
Kelvinator is a well recognized Consumer Durables Brand. Its product range includes Direct Cool Refrigerators, Frost Free Refrigerators, Semi Automatic Washing Machines, Fully Automatic Washing Machines and Split Air Conditioners. Kelvinator takes its name from William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, who developed the concept of absolute zero and for whom the Kelvin temperature scale is named.
Kitchen Appliances India Limited launched its Kenstar brand in India in October 1996. Post that, Kenstar set up state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities at Aurangabad, Ahmednagar (Maharashtra) and Salt Lake (Kolkata). Today, through its 28 Sales & Service offices, 300 service franchisees and more than 3500 trade partners, Kenstar is well connected throughout the country. And thanks to its impressive product range (Microwave Ovens, Air Coolers, Vacuum Cleaners, Mixer Grinders, Food Processors & host of other kitchen appliances), Kenstar enjoys the position of being one of the most preferred premium brands in India.
Founders - Kenzo Takada
As a boy, he was an ardent fashion magazine reader. As a lad, he joined a fashion school much against the wishes of his parents. As a designer, his first few creations were a vivid assortment of bold fabrics. As the founder of the celebrated brand – Kenzo, the world knows him by the name Kenzo Takada. Kenzo started off his fashion career by creating women’s apparels and almost a decade later in 1983 he launched men’s clothing line as well. After winning awards and accolades galore, Kenzo Takada has also made a foray in household bric-a-bracs. In the year 2005, he launched a line of tableware and decorative furniture under the label ‘Gokan Kobo’, which is gaining steady popularity worldwide.
Founder - Harish Kumar
Maharaja Whiteline Group makes home and kitchen appliances including products like Food Processors, Mixer Grinders, Hand Blenders, Electric Kettles, Hand Blenders and many more. It dominates a share of about 22% in home appliances with a product range of over 60 products in 18 product categories. Recently, Maharaja acquired Gem and Beltek, and diversified its range into the consumer durables industry. The company is soon launching a range of ceiling fans and office accessories.
Founders - Marc Jacobs
In spite of a disturbed childhood, Marc Jacobs an American born Jewish designer succeeded in making a mark for himself as an ace fashion designer. In 1987, he designed his first creation under the eponymous label. Jacobs was also the youngest fashion designer to have been awarded with the prestigious – Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Perry Ellis Award for ‘New Fashion Talent’. Today, the brand Marc Jacobs is present in 60 countries and operates successfully through 239 Marc Jacobs retail stores.
Founders - Michael David Kors
Michael David Kors is the proud founder of the eponymous fashion brand that caters to elite fashion needs of women. The brand specializes in sportswear for the jet-set women. In addition to the regular collection, Michael Kors has launched runway collection under the labels Michael Michael Kors and Kors Michael Kors, while the former deals in women handbags, shoes and apparels, the latter is particularly famous for denims and footwear. The clientele includes celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Michelle Obama, Heidi Klum, Catherine Zeta Zones, amongst others.
Founders - Hashmukh, Rakesh
Mitashi is the leader in TV video game industry and one of the fastest growing brands in the Consumer Electronics segment in India. With brands such as Game-in, Playsmart and Skykidz, Mitashi has established itself as a value leader across its various product categories of Audio/Visual Entertainment products including TV games‚ educational games and educational laptops. After successful stint in the Toys & Games industry, Mitashi ventured into Consumer Electronics segment in year 2001 with products like LCD TVs, DVD players, DVD/VCD boomboxes, Mp3 & Mp4 players and Portable DVD players.
Founders - Donal Morphy, Charles Richards
For over 66 years, Morphy Richards has been a pioneer in household appliances in Europe, both in terms of latest designs as well as technology. Every year, over a whopping 5 million units of Morphy Richards products are sold causing the turnover of the brand to exceed US $200 million. Morphy Richards is a part of the 1.3 billion dollar Glen Dimplex Goup, a leading worldwide manufacturer of electric heating and domestic appliances having strong presence in UK, Europe, America, Canada and Middle East.
Founders - Franco Moschino
Founded by ace Italian designer – Franco Moschino, the brand is best known for its unique fashion sense. Many of Franco’s creation were a spoof on popular designs from renowned fashion houses like Chanel and others. Franco’s Bohemian design sense can be seen in his unique creations like quilted black denim miniskirt decorated with plastic fried eggs on the hem, quilted jacket adorned with bottle tops, corsets made out of safety pins and plug socket drop earrings! His impressive list of clientele includes names like Rossella Jardini, Fran Drescher, Alicia Silverstone, Gwyneth Paltrow, amongst others.
Founders - Paul V. Galvin, Joseph Galvin
Motorola Mobility, Inc., owned by Google, fuses innovative technology with human insights to create experiences that simplify, connect and enrich people's lives. Its portfolio includes converged mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, wireless accessories, end-to-end video and data delivery and management solutions, including set-tops and data-access devices. Motorola invented DynaTAC, the very first commercial portable cellphone, in the year 1984.
As India’s largest Electronics Retail Chain, NEXT Retail India Ltd. specializes in organized retailing of consumer electronics, small home appliances and mobile phones. NEXT is a multi-brand multi-product retail chain which stocks an entire range of consumer durables right from Air-conditioners, FPDs (Flat Panel Displays), CTVs, DVDs, STBs (Set Top Boxes), Home Theater Systems, Mobile Phones, Gaming Consoles, Washing Machines, Refrigerators, Microwaves to small home appliances. NEXT retails world’s most popular brands such as LG, Samsung, Videocon, Sony, Electrolux, Kelvinator, Whirlpool, Onida, Philips, Kenstar, Sansui, and its own brand. It also stocks Xbox of Microsoft.
Nikon Corporation is a Japanese multinational corporation which specializes in the manufacture and sales of optical instruments. Its business domains include Imaging Products Business under which it manufactures Digital Cameras, Film Cameras, Interchangeable lenses, Speedlights, Photographic accessories, Software and Sport optics. Under its Precision Equipments Business it makes IC steppers & scanners and LCD steppers & scanners. It is also in Instruments Business for making Biological microscopes, Industrial microscopes, Stereoscopic microscopes, Measuring instruments, Semiconductor inspection equipment and Surveying instruments. Other Businesses include Customized products Business, Glass Business, Encoders Business and Ophthalmic lenses Business.
The brand Nina Ricci is a true manifestation of a woman’s perseverance and passion. Nina started off as an apprentice under a local dressmaker at the tender age of 13. She mastered the art throughout her growing years. Post marriage and child birth she worked at a fashion house – Raffins, and eventually became a partner. She ended her 20 year long association with the brand to start her very own line of fashion clothing under the label Nina Ricci. She found an ideal business partner in her son Robert who helped her with his sharp business acumen. Nina soon shot to fame with her trademark feminine gowns that exuded unmatched finesse and romance. The 1930s saw the modest one-room set-up soon transform into a full-fledged business commanding 11 floors in 3 buildings! The brand continues to surprise its female customers the world over with its best-in-class products.
Founders - Fredrik Idestam, Leo Mechelin
Nokia Corporation is a Finnish multinational communications corporation. Nokia manufactures mobile electronic devices, mostly mobile telephones and other devices related to communications, and in converging Internet and communications with global annual revenue of over €38 billion and operating loss of €1 billion as of 2011. It was the world's largest manufacturer of mobile phones in 2011.
Founders - G.L. Mirchandani, Vijay Mansukhani
Mirc Electronics Pvt. Ltd. is the owner of the Onida brand. Starting with a goal of manufacturing television sets, it transformed into a complete consumer durables company with a wide product portfolio including Flat panel TVs (LED & LCD TVs), Air Conditioners, Washing Machines, Microwave Ovens, DVD & Home Theatre systems, Mobile phones, Projector systems and LED lights.
Founders - Francisco "Paco" Rabaneda Cuervo
When an outlandish designer madly in love with bizarre metals, papers and plastics decides to start a fashion house of his own it becomes an iconic brand called – Paco Rabbane. Spanish by birth, Francisco "Paco" Rabaneda Cuervo started off his career as a jewellery designer for popular fashion houses like Givenchy and Dior. His unusual design sense earned him the title l’enfant terrible (descriptive of a child capable of embarrassing adults by asking unusually bold questions) in the French fashion circles. In 1966, he started his very own fashion house and the rest, as they say, is History!
Founder - Konosuke Matsushita
Panasonic Corporation, formerly known as Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. is a Japanese multinational consumer electronics corporation. Its main business is in electronics manufacturing. Panasonic was ranked the 89th-largest company in the world in 2009 by the Forbes Global 2000 and is among the Worldwide Top 20 Semiconductor Sales Leaders.
Founders - Gerard Philips, Frederik Philips
Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. (commonly known as Philips) is a Dutch multinational electronics company. Philips is organized into three main divisions: Philips Consumer Lifestyle, Philips Healthcare and Philips Lighting. As of 2012 Philips is the largest manufacturer of lighting in the world.
Pureit is a range of water purifiers made by Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL), India's largest Fast Moving Consumer Goods Company. Pureit water purifiers are available in six models presently: Pureit Classic, Pureit Compact, Pureit Classic Autofill, Pureit Intella, Pureit Marvella and Pureit Marvella RO. They are sold in India, Mexico, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Indonesia and Bangladesh. Pureit was first launched in Chennai in 2004. It claims to meet the E.P.A. germ-kill criteria.
It all started in the year of 1967, when a fashion designer par excellence - Ralph Lauren decided to launch his very own fashion line of apparels, for men and women, which would reflect his signature style and flamboyance. Today, Ralph Lauren Corporation is an upscale American lifestyle company and fashion retailer. It is known the world over for its fashion accessories, high end clothing, footwear and fragrances. Over the years, Ralph Lauren also started its very own range of home linens and furnishing that exude contemporary elegance.
Roberto Cavalli, is one of the few fashion labels that you are likely to find in the wardrobe of popular Hollywood celebs. As an unpromising stuttering school lad of Italian origin, Roberto Cavalli battled against odds to make it not just big but larger than life in the fashion world. As a fashion student he stunned the people around with some fantastic floral work on knitwear. Prints and patterns have been his forte as well as an integral part of his creations. And if you love denims, it might interest you to know, Roberto Cavalli was the first to introduce sand-blasted jeans! Over the years, the brand Roberto Cavalli has become synonymous with flamboyance and bold fashion.
Rochas is a high-fashion brand founded by Marcel Rochas in the 1930s. The brand became a rage owing to its uber elegant feminine perfume line – Madame Rochas. While other fashion houses of the time focused primarily on apparels, Marcel Rochas took the path less traveled by. He strived towards perfecting his very own range of classy fragrances. Following his demise in the year 1955, the brand Rochas began operations under the aegis of Dublin-born designer Peter O’Brien. In November, 2002 Olivier Theyskens took over the design group.
Excellence begins young and Italian shoe-maker Salvatore Ferragamo reinforces the philosophy. He designed his very first pair shoes at the age of eleven! He soon realized his passion and pursued higher studies in shoemaking only to emerge out as an ace shoemaker. His creations soon became hot favourites amongst Hollywood fashion circles. As a self critic he could assess the problem with his creations – they looked fabulous but unfortunately weren’t comfortable for the feet. To hone his skills further he studied anatomy at the University of Southern California. His next list of clientele included likes of Maharani of Kooch Bihar, Marlyn Monroe and other celebrated personalities. Ferragamo is particularly popular for his cage heels and Vara pumps that sell like hot cakes in the fashion market.
Founder - Lee Byung-chull
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a South Korean multinational electronics and information technology company. It is the flagship subsidiary of the Samsung Group and has assembly plants and sales networks in 61 countries across the world, employing over 200,000 people. It is the world's largest mobile phone maker, world's largest television manufacturer and world's second-largest semiconductor chip maker.
Sansui Electric Co., Ltd. is a Japanese manufacturer of audio and video equipments. It enjoys a presence in over 100 countries. Historically, Sansui has been a technology leader in the electronic industry, with such firsts as: First Audio Transformer, First High Powered Tube-transistor Amplifier, First in the World with matrix "surround sound" in 1970, Stereo AM in 1976 and Digital Sound Processing in 1983.
Founders - Walter A.Sheaffer
Founded in the year 1913, Sheaffer has always been the most popular brand of writing instruments for students and professionals across the world. The brand was incepted by Walter A. Sheaffer who was immensely inspired by self-filling pens that had become a rage in the early 1900s. He soon invented a lever-filling mechanism for fountain pens and launched it by the name Sheaffer. The brand also specializes in creating rollerballs and mechanical pencils, but luxury fountain and ballpoints remain the high points.
Founders - Masaru Ibuka, Akio Morita
Sony Corporation is a Japanese multinational conglomerate. It is a leading manufacturer of LCD televisions, video cameras, digital still cameras, blu-ray disc players/recorders, DVD players, home audio, car audio, PCs, mobile audio, image sensors & other semiconductors, batteries, audio/video/data recording media & data recording systems, broadcast & professional-use equipments and medical-related equipments.
Swissvoice is a renowned name in the field of telecommunications. It is known for its sleek design and superior engineering which translates into smarter telephone sets that boast contemporary elegance.
Founders - Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani
He was a designer extraordinaire with a flair for fashion, and a high taste in art. He made his international debut in Florence, in the year 1962. The fashion show proved to be a major breakthrough in his career and paved his way to super stardom. He soon became the favourite designer for international ladies from the jet-set society. Interestingly. Jacqueline Kennedy (wife of President Kennedy) spotted one of her acquaintances wearing a Valentino organza ensemble. Impressed by the flawless tailoring she approached the designer to get similar stuff created for her wardrobe too! In the year 1967, Valentino bagged the much coveted Neiman Marcus Fashion Award which is considered the equivalent of Oscar in the field of fashion. The brand is still adored the world over by high society divas for its chic finesse.
Founders - Roy Raymond
Shopping for intimate garments can be a little embarrassing. In 1977, Roy Raymond, an alumnus of Tufts University and Stanford Graduate School of Business, experienced it all first hand. He went lingerie shopping for his wife and was quite intimidated by the department store kind of environment. He could gauge the need gap, and the very seeds of a new business ideas were sown in his sharp mind. What followed next was a successful launch of innerwear line, exclusively for women. The store environment offered the much needed privacy, as the merchandise were displayed to make lingerie shopping a lot more convenient. Today, Victoria’s Secret is a well known American retailer of women’s wear, lingerie and beauty products along with exotic fragrances.
Founder - Nandlal Madhavlal Dhoot
Videocon Industries Limited is a leading manufacturer, assembler and distributor of a comprehensive range of consumer electronics and home appliances. It is a part of the Videocon Group which is a 5 Billion Dollar global conglomerate with interests in Oil & Gas, Alternative Power, Coal, Consumer Electronics, Home Appliances, Direct To Home and Mobile Handsets.
Founder - Leo J. Wahl
As a young school boy, Leo J. Wahl experimented with an electromagnetic motor and as an Engineering student he successfully designed a vibrating medical massager. He was adamant in revolutionizing barber tools and heavily marketed his newly invented massager across barber shops in his area. In the year 1919 he started operations under the title Wahl Manufacturing Company. The company specialized in creating electromagnetic hair clippers, battery operated hair trimmers, and foot & back massager, amongst others. The sudden surge in creative hair styling trends during 1990s, prompted the company to venture into hair styling tools. Today, almost a century later, Wahl stands tall as an international industry leader in the field of beauty & barber tools, personal care and animal grooming.
Founder - Lewis Edson Waterman
The iconic brand – Waterman was founded in the year 1883 by Lewis Edson Waterman. He invented a revolutionary capillary feed mechanism for fountain pens that led to the inception of the brand. His pens were designed on the same capillary principle which allowed air to induce a steady and even ink flow on paper. He started off by stocking and selling his pens in a modest store located behind a cigar shop. In 1884 he got a patent for the Waterman range of fountain pens. In the year 1899, Waterman opened a factory in Montreal, Canada which specialized in manufacturing varied styles of fountain pens. The brand still continues to rule the roost when it comes to fine-writing instruments.
Founders - Emory Upton, Louis Upton
Whirlpool Corporation is a leader of the $120 billion global home appliance industry. Its appliances are marketed in nearly every country around the world. Whirlpool manufactures appliances across all major categories, including fabric care, cooking, refrigeration, dishwashers, countertop appliances, garage organization and water filtration. The Whirlpool brand is the world's No. 1 global appliance brand.