Founded in: 1919
Headquarters (HQ): Winston-Salem, USA
Champion became famous for creating the hooded sweatshirt. Invented the first sports bra. Champion became the official outfitter of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The original, heavyweight line of sweatshirts, tee shirts, sweatpands and shorts, all bearing the iconic Champion "C" logo.
The brand's popularity grew rapidly especially with students and other colleges. This featured anti-shrink and heat preventive designs which even today are used by clothing brands all around us. These two innovations made Champion the face of sportswear in America.