Bench (British clothing brand)
Bench (usually branded as "Bench.") is a British clothing brand that is sold worldwide, including in Europe, Canada, and Australia. The company was founded in Manchester, Britain, and specialises in streetwear.
The brand began in 1989 creating graphic t-shirt designs influenced by skateboarding. Over the years, Bench. has evolved into a global lifestyle brand. And now sells not only menswear but womenswear, - including denim, trousers, sweats, hoodies, belts, bags, skirts and dresses.
The brand's Manchester roots can be seen in the montage of the Manchester skyline which is used as a design on both their messenger bags and price tags.
Bench designs and markets its own products. Bench manufactures t-shirts, jeans, jackets, hats, hooded tops, watches and jewellery.
Bench expanded into women's wear in 1998. The range of jackets and tops had the same urban clothing style as the menswear.
Although the company sells through many retailers in the United Kingdom, they also have their own stores in Westfield London, Bluewater, Liverpool One, Glasgow, The Trafford Centre (Manchester), Meadowhall (Sheffield), Metro Centre, Portsmouth, Brighton, Leicester, Nottingham, Leeds, Bristol, and a number of designer outlet centres. Internationally, they have their own stores in Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, Frankfurt am Main, Jena, Munich, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. In Canada, through an exclusive arrangement, Bench is being sold at Hudson's Bay Stores. In Croatia, through an exclusive agreement, Bench is being sold at Kruna Mode stores. They currently have 10 stores in the country; 5 in Split, 2 in Zagreb, 2 in Zaprešić, and 1 in Kaštela.