ABOUT RG BARRY

RG Barry is a leading developer and marketer of accessory lifestyle brands and products that provide fashion and function for a great life. The Company offers products in three distinct segments of the accessory universe – footwear, handbags and foot care. Our products are sold through national chains, mass merchants, warehouse clubs, department stores, independent and specialty retailers, boutiques, catalogs, home shopping networks and online retailers. We consistently are among the best-performing accessory companies in North America.

VISION & STRATEGY

RG Barry Brands has transformed its business from a one-dimensional, modest growth slipper company into a multi-dimensional growing provider of functional, fashionable accessories for a great life.

This transformation continues to be fueled by our commitment to long-term, value-oriented growth and continuous focus on developing and maintaining a high-performing culture. Our mission, goals, values and beliefs guide and help sustain us sustain our reputation as a leader in the accessories marketplace.

LEADERSHIP

The evolution of our business into a growing consumer-centric, brand management company has required the successful implementation of well-defined strategies, tremendous organizational focus and strong, capable leadership.

Today, RG Barry boasts an impressive team of coaches whose sole objective is to lead as we continue developing great accessories brands and fashionable, solution-oriented products that make life better for our consumers. They include:

HISTORY

Since introducing the world's first foam-soled, soft, washable slipper in 1947, our product focus and operating model have evolved beyond our footwear roots to serve the ever-changing accessories marketplace. That evolution was never more apparent than during fiscal 2011. We literally transformed our business from a one-dimensional, modest-growth slipper company into a multi-dimensional, growing provider of functional, fashionable accessory products with the acquisitions of two successful accessories businesses - Foot Petals, Inc. of Long Beach, California, and baggallini, Inc. of Portland, Oregon.

CHARITABLE GIVING

RG Barry believes that it is the responsibility of a good corporate citizen to support the communities in which it lives and works. Toward that end, the Company's Board of Directors annually sets aside a portion of pre-tax net profit for use in supporting various charitable and community endeavors.

Distribution of the Corporation's charitable gifts is controlled by an 8-member committee of RG Barry team members selected annually from throughout the Corporation.


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CAREERS

As one of the world's leading developers and marketers of fashion and functional accessory products, RG Barry is committed to attracting and developing the best talent available to it. We offer an exhilarating, high-performing team environment that is casual and fun; training and growth opportunities; and competitive pay and benefits.

 
FAQ's

Who can answer my questions?

General questions about RG Barry Brands or its products can be directed to us through this Website or one of our ecommerce sites; by writing our corporate offices at 13405 Yarmouth Drive NW, Pickerington, OH 43147; or by calling us at 614-864-6400. A complete list of key contacts is available elsewhere on this site.


Where are you located?

RG Barry Brands is based in the Columbus, Ohio suburb of Pickerington. We have sales or administrative offices in New York City; Dongguan City, PRC; Glen Rock, NJ; and Bentonville, AR. Our baggallini subsidiary is based in the Portland suburb of Tualatin, OR.


When was RG Barry founded?

The Company was founded in Columbus in 1947 as a maker of detachable shoulder pads for women’s clothing. The Company’s name was derived from the first names of its founders' children: Richard, Gordon and Barry (RG Barry).


Who owns the company?

RG Barry Brands is a wholly-owned affiliate of Mill Road Capital, a Greenwich, CT.-based private equity firm.


How did the Company enter the accessory business?

After reading about the release of foam rubber to industry following World War II, Company co-founder Florence Zacks Melton felt the new material might make the shoulder pads her young company produced more durable; but when she obtained a foam rubber sample, she was struck by the idea of walking on it. Soon after, she created Angel Treads®, the world's first foam-soled, soft washable slipper. Foam rubber continues to cushion many of the millions of pairs of accessory footwear we develop and sell each year.


How many people are employed by R.G. Barry Corporation?

The Company's total worldwide employment is approximately 150.


Where are your products made?

Our products are manufactured by a large network of contract manufacturers, primarily based in China, but also located in the United States and Vietnam.


What are your principal products?

The Company offers products in three distinct segments of the accessories category – footwear, handbags and foot care. Our principal brands are: Dearfoams, the world's best-known slipper brand; baggallini, a leader in creating incredibly organized, fashionable handbags and travel accessories; and Foot Petals, developer of the original designer shoe cushion and provider of unique, yet invisible solutions to common problems caused by wearing shoes.


Where are your products sold?

Our products are sold through most retail channels, including national chains, mass merchants, warehouse clubs, better and mid-tier department stores, non-promotional independent and specialty retailers, boutiques, catalogs, home shopping networks and online retailers, including our own e-commerce sites at www.dearfoams.com, www.baggallini.com and www.footpetals.com.


Are your products sold outside the U.S.?

Yes. Our products are available in Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Central America, South America, Australia and other select international markets.


Who are your largest customers?

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Kohl’s, Costco and J.C. Penney are among our largest customers.


What are your market shares?

Based upon our own research and various industry sources, we estimate our share of the U.S. slipper market at approximately 30%. Slippers account for only about 2-to-3 percent of the $30 billion-plus (at retail) accessories business.

Foot Petals and baggallini own very small shares of their respective accessory categories. Each, by virtue of its size, offers RG Barry significant growth opportunities. baggallini is part of the very broad multi-billion handbag business; and Foot Petals competes in the $1 billion (at retail) comfort insert category.