Wilsons Leather is the leading specialty retailer of quality leather outerwear, accessories
and apparel in the United States. Our history dates back to 1899 as Bermans Leather, a leather
garment manufacturer and factory outlet retailer. Bermans Leather and Wilsons House of Suede and
Leather merged in 1988, becoming the firm you know today as Wilsons Leather.
Our nationwide network of stores offers quality leather products under the following formats:
our Wilsons Leather mall-based stores showcase a full range of leather outerwear, accessories
and apparel primarily under our proprietary labels. Our Wilsons Leather Outlet stores offer
clearance items and special outlet-only merchandise as well as certain key in-season products.
We launched our airport stores in an effort to highlight our Wilsons Leather brand and accessories.
These airport stores play an instrumental role in showcasing our products to millions of travelers
who pass by our airport stores each year. Our e-commerce site offers an extension of our store experience
and features key in-season merchandise as well as promotional merchandise.
Our multi-channel store locations are designed to target a broad customer base with a superior
level of customer service. Through our worldwide leather sourcing network and in-house design
capabilities, we are able to consistently provide our customers with quality, fashionable
merchandise at attractive prices. Our business structure results in shorter lead times than
our competition, allowing us to react quickly to popular and emerging fashion trends and customer
preferences, rapidly replenish fast-selling merchandise and minimize fashion risk.
Wilsons Leather is the leading specialty retailer of leather outerwear, accessories and apparel
in the United States. As of November 26, 2005, Wilsons Leather operated 430 stores located in 45 states,
including 306 mall stores, 110 outlet stores and 14 airport stores. The Company regularly supplements its
permanent mall stores with seasonal stores during its peak selling season from October through January.