Cole Haan is a global lifestyle brand with a focus on mens and womens footwear and accessories. Founded in Chicago, Illinois, United States, in 1928, Cole Haan currently has headquarters in both New York City and Greenland, NH. The company name comes from founders Trafton Cole and Eddie Haan, and was originally named Cole, Rood & Haan when the company was strictly a mens footwear label. Today it offers many products, including mens and womens dress and casual footwear, belts, hosiery, handbags, gloves, scarves, hats, outerwear, and sunglasses. Cole Haan was sold to a group of partners headed by George Denney in 1975. These executives built upon the foundation established by Cole and Haan over the following decade, transforming the label into one of the leading U.S. footwear brands. They launched a retail division in 1982, which comprised 40 plus stores worldwide and cumulative annual sales of nearly $70 million by 1996.