Cotton On

Cotton On
Cotton On Group
Type Privately owned
Industry Fashion
Founded Geelong, Australia
Headquarters Geelong, Australia
Key people Nigel Austin
Products Clothing, cosmetics, kids clothing, house decor
Revenue AUD 850  million(2010)
Operating income AUD 24.66 million (2010)[1]
Profit AUD 18.68 million (2010)[1]
Employees 5,500 (FTE, 2010 average)[1]
Website [

Cotton On is an Australian retail chain operating in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Germany, South Africa and the United States.[2]



Cotton On was founded in 1991, with the first store being opened in Geelong, Australia.[3] As of 2010, the Cotton On chain has over 700 stores worldwide.[4]

It has over 800 stores in seven countries and as of 2011 employed around 5,500 people.[5]

The design team in the company’s Australian office controls the steps of production from merchandise planning to establishing specifications, and production is outsourced to approximately 150 factories in Europe and Asia. These facilities are used for horizontal division of labor rather than being integrated.

The company was established in 1991 by Nigel Austin in Geelong, Australia, at the time it only sold women's clothing. . The original Cotton On offer has expanded to successfully branch into intimates, sleepwear and activewear with Cotton On Body; children’s fashion with Cotton On Kids, footwear with Rubi shoes; and gifts and stationery with Typo.


Cotton On also operates under the brand names Cotton On Body (women's lingerie and sleepwear), Cotton On Kids, Rubi Shoes, Factorie, T-Bar and Typo (stationery).[6][7]

The company worldwide

Number of stores as of 2 August 2011[8]



Middle East:


North America:


South America:


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  2. ^ "Cotton On Home Page". Retrieved 2010-10-18. 
  3. ^ "Cotton On About". Retrieved 2010-10-18. 
  4. ^ "Cotton Store Locations". Retrieved 2010-10-18. 
  5. ^ "About Cotton On.
  6. ^ "Cotton On Australia Home Page". Retrieved 2010-10-18. 
  7. ^ "Typo Home Page". Retrieved 2010-10-18. 
  8. ^ Cotton On About Us

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