Cotton On is an Australian retail clothing chain operating in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Philippines, South Africa and the United States.
Cotton On was founded in 1991, with the first store being opened in Geelong, Australia. As of 2010, the Cotton On chain has over 800 stores worldwide.
It has over 800 stores in seven countries and as of 2011 employes around 5,500 people.
The design team in the company’s Australian office controls the steps of production from merchandise planning to establishing specifications, and production is outsourced to approximately 150 factories in Europe and Asia. These facilities are used for horizontal division of labor rather than being integrated.