ECCO was founded in 1963 by Birte and Karl Toosbuy. Trained as a shoemaker, Karl Toosbuy had a dream to own a shoe factory and run his own business. Therefore, the family decided to give up the security of regular jobs, sell their home, and move to Bredebro in southwest Denmark – just north of the German border.
ECCO’s workforce is diverse, covering several generations and a multitude of nationalities. Being different together, while maintaining a rigorous focus on craftsmanship and quality, is key to driving innovation. Innovation is a cornerstone in ECCO. They are constantly seeking to disrupt and provide improvements for the footwear and leather industry. To Ecco, innovation is all about defining new standards.
Unique to shoes industry, Ecco makes leather at their own tanneries and produce shoes at their own factories. Ecco’s global family of employees, representing 60 nationalities across the globe, is the driving force behind their products. Design, development, production, and retail – Ecco takes responsibility all the way.