From Hood Rubber Company's founding in 1896 and merger with B.F. Goodrich in 1929 to its the final plant closure in 1969, the company was a leader in canvas sneaker manufacturing in the United States of the late 19th and early 20th century. At its peak, the company produced 90,000 pairs of footwear a day, plus numerous other products. Hood Rubber Co.’s Watertown, Mass., plant employed over 9,000 workers and was the largest footwear plant in the world. The company was considered ahead of its time in employee welfare, organizational methods, and manufacturing innovations.
The Hood Rubber Co. of today is a footwear manufacturer that is rewriting the rules. With a focus on designing products for today's fiercely independent, boldly individual youth, the company's collection combines the quality tailoring of fresh, contemporary athletic footwear with the heritage and authenticity of Hood’s 20th century canvas sneakers to create timeless, modern silhouettes.
Hood Rubber Co.’s full range of footwear and accessories for men and women are available worldwide through Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia Co.
Founded as a golf and tennis company in 1904, Mitchell & Ness Sporting Goods provided on-field uniforms to the Philadelphia Eagles, Athletics, and Phillies as early as 1933. The Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia Company was created in the 1980’s based on the idea to resurrect authentic jerseys significant to sports history. As the pioneer in this field, Mitchell & Ness is known worldwide for its authentic classic jerseys.
The company holds licenses from the MLB, NBA, NFL, NCAA and MLS to produce premium apparel and headwear. Mitchell & Ness is expanding their reach with fashion related apparel and headwear by strategically teaming up with like-minded brands, producing top collaborations for the fashion and sports consumer. Headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, Mitchell & Ness has been “Defining Authentic” for over 100 years. For more information on Mitchell & Ness, visit www.mitchellandness.com