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Profile of Eddie Bauer: a long established outdoor outfitter

USA-based Eddie Bauer is a privately-held company specialising in the supply of a broad range of outdoor apparel and casual wear. Since its establishment in 1920 as a speciality sporting goods store, the company has evolved into one of the best known clothing retailers in North America. The company's product portfolio comprises a comprehensive range of garments which are made from high quality materials and supplied in a variety of cuts, styles, colours and sizes to satisfy the

10th November 2010

Innovation in Textiles
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Sports/​Outdoor, Clothing/​Footwear

Report Summary

USA-based Eddie Bauer is a privately-held company specialising in the supply of a broad range of outdoor apparel and casual wear. Since its establishment in 1920 as a speciality sporting goods store, the company has evolved into one of the best known clothing retailers in North America.

The company's product portfolio comprises a comprehensive range of garments which are made from high quality materials and supplied in a variety of cuts, styles, colours and sizes to satisfy the needs of a distinct customer base.

Attempts were made in the 1990s to broaden this customer base by diversifying into other product categories. However, these proved unsuccessful. As a consequence, Eddie Bauer ran into financial difficulties and eventually succumbed to bankruptcy.

In July 2009 Eddie Bauer was acquired by a USA-based investment company, Golden Gate Capital, for a cash consideration of US$286 mn. Under this ownership, the company has narrowed its product focus in a bid to capitalise on its strong outdoor heritage and revitalise its business. The success of recent product launches suggests that it is well on the road to recovery.

Table of Contents

Profile of Eddie Bauer: a long-established outdoor outfitter

Summary

Introduction

Company development

Strategy

Products

Product sourcing

Sales and marketing

Collaborative ventures

Outlook

Profile of Eddie Bauer: a long established outdoor outfitter

11 pages, published 3rd Quarter 2010

 

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