Founded in Norway in 1877. Shop jackets & gear
for Skiing, Sailing, Outdoor, and Sportswear. Through
insights drawn from living and working in the world’s
harshest environments, the company has developed a long list
of first-to-market innovations, including the first supple
waterproof fabrics almost 140 years ago.
Ski jackets, parkas, boots, shell pants, vests, rainwear, down jackets,
hats, gloves, socks, and much more.
In the 1920s a new fabric, which Helly Hansen called Linox, was
developed. Over the next 30 years the name Linox would transfer to a PVC
(polyvinyl chloride) application.
A change for the brand came in 1949 when Helox was developed. The sheet
of translucent PVC plastic sewn into waterproof coats and hats became a
popular item. About 30,000 Helox coats were produced each month. Plarex, a
heavier-duty version of Helox, backed by fabric, was developed for
A product developed for the outdoor and workwear markets was Fibrepile
which is an insulation layer for wearing under waterproofs. It was used by
Swedish lumbermen, who discovered that it offered insulation against the
cold, and ventilated well during hard, physical work in the forest.
The layering story was completed in the 1970s, with the development of
LIFA. The polypropylene fibre used in LIFA kept the skin dry and warm by
pushing moisture away from the body, making it the ideal base-layer fabric
for outdoor and workwear use. It was the birth of the 3-layer systems of
dress with LIFA close to the body, Fibrepile as an insulation layer, and
rainwear for protection.
Helly Hansen clothing developed a following among urban youth in the
late 1990s, particularly in North England and with the hip hop culture in
the United States. The brand developed a mass appeal and is now sold
in sports shops, not only the hiking and specialized clothing shops of
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Investcorp acquired Helly Hansen in 1997. In October 2006, Investcorp sold
its interest in Helly Hansen to Altor Equity Partners, "A private equity
firm focusing on investments in companies based in the Nordic
region." In 2012, Altor sold a 75% stake in Helly Hansen
to the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan. In 2015 the Ontario Teachers'
Pension Plan increased its position, acquiring Altor's remaining stock in
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