Made for Your Everyday
Inspired by our early beginnings, we’re recognized globally for our quality products from leather goods to leisure wear. With products that embody a comfortable cabin-meets-city style, Roots gear allows you to be ready for your everyday, no matter where you’re headed next.
Our founders, Michael Budman and Don Green, met at summer camp in Algonquin Park. These two city kids fell in love with Canada’s natural beauty and the genuine values of its people. Inspired by their experience of traveling into the heart of the Canadian wilderness, they created Roots in 1973. Since then, Roots has grown to be recognized all over the world for comfort, style, and authentic heritage.
“It was a twelve-hour trip by train, bus and boat to Camp Tamakwa in the heart of Canada’s wilderness that would change everything.”
Founders, Budman & Green
While we value individuality and a strongly grounded sense of self, we also value togetherness – being a part of something bigger than ourselves. The beaver is emblematic of qualities we admire in true community-builders: they are resourceful and industrious. We believe in always working to make our communities a better place. Since the very beginning, the beaver has served as our beloved icon and an expression of our love for nature.
Craftsmanship is in Our Nature
Located in Toronto, our leather factory has been operated by generations of family craftspeople since its doors first opened in 1973. Our skilled team of leather artisans are the backbone of our leather products, with each of our leather bags passing through the hands of more than 10 expert artisans at our factory, to you. Today, our leather bags, jackets and select accessories continue to be handcrafted right here at home and shipped around the globe.
“From the beginning, our Dad instilled in us what it takes to be a craftsman. This is more than a job, it’s a family tradition.”
Karl & Stanley Kowalewski
Born in Canada,
From our humble beginnings – the spark of an idea first conceived in a small cabin in Algonquin Park – Roots is now known around the world. Our clothing, leather goods and footwear are worn and loved by millions. We have over 120 stores across North America, more than 150 internationally, and we offer online shipping to over 70 countries. You can always find Roots, no matter where you are.
"The site is super easy to use, but the thing I love most is the product. Everything I own from Roots is super high quality and lasts for years."
"The quality of the products are amazing and shipping is always very quick! Checkout is super quick and then it’s ordered."
Chipman, New Brunswick
"The web site is clear & well organized, which made choosing gifts very easy and fast. The entire check out process was also easy. Great functionality of the website and processes supporting it. Highly recommend."
"Definitely love the quality, worth your money. Clothing lasts a very long time and is super warm and cozy."
"I love Roots clothing, not only for the durability and quality but also the material, designs and longevity of the clothing. ALSO -- awesome that its Canadian! :)"