Founded in Rochester, NY in 1919, Champion, originally named ‘"Knickerbocker Knitting Company” first specialized in sportswear. Renamed in the 1930s, the brand started producing sweatshirts that were used for training & physical education by US Military. In the 1980s & 1990s, it produced uniforms for all of NBA teams, some NFL teams & produced sportswear gear for many colleges. Champion became iconic for its sportswear and athletic apparel. Their apparel still focuses on an athletic style which has now become an essential in the streetwear world.