Retailers: Roots

Name: Roots

Products: Clothing, leather goods, accessories

Headquartered In: Toronto, Ontario

Where to Buy: Stores throughout Canada


Canadian Owned: No – Publicly traded on the TSX, majority owned by Searchlight Capital Partners, a US private capital firm

Roots was founded by two friends, Michael Budman and Don Green in Toronto, Ontario in 1973. The two friends, who met at a summer camp, were inspired by the wilderness of Algonquin Provincial Park where the camp was held. Michael and Don started Roots from a little cabin inspired by their experience of coming from the city into the heart of the Canadian wilderness.

Since the early days of Roots, the company has been dedicated to uniting the best of the cabin and city life through unmistakable style and uncompromising comfort. Roots is a significant employer in Canada, employing around 2,000 people, including the staff at their Toronto-based factory where the leather goods are manufactured.