Founded in Norway in 1877, Helly Hansen continues to
develop professional-grade gear that helps people stay and feel alive.
Helly Juell Hansen had been at sea since the age of 14 and in 1877,
at the age of 35, he and his wife Maren Margarethe began producing
oilskin jackets, trousers, sou'westers and tarpaulins, made from coarse
linen soaked in linseed oil. Over the first five years they sold around
10,000 pieces. In 1878 the company won a diploma for excellence at the
Paris Expo, and began exporting its products.
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. Other breakthroughs include the first
fleece fabrics in the 1960s, the first technical base layers in the
1970s, made with Lifa® Stay Dry Technology, and today’s award winning
and patented H2Flow® temperature regulating system.
Helly Hansen is a leader in technical sailing and performance
ski apparel, as well as premium workwear. Its
ski uniforms are worn and trusted by more than 50,000 professionals and
can be found on Olympians, National Teams, and at more than 200 ski
resorts and mountain guiding operations around the world.
This fashion company specializes in various cold weather apparel as
well as other clothing items. A few of the specialties include the
Cold Weather Pants
In October 2006, Investcorp sold its interest in Helly Hansen to Altor
Equity Partners. 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 the business