The Manzella Story
With over 30 years of experience, Manzella designs products specifically for active individuals in varying outdoor conditions. We design and produce gloves and headwear for targeted categories within the sports, recreational and the uniform/career apparel markets. Our goal is to create and market great product for outdoor enthusiasts at competitive prices and to provide maximum returns for our retail partners with exceptional value for our consumers.
1982 – Company founded by Tony Manzella. Manzella produces first seamless knit gloves featuring exclusive “Control Dot” grip patterns for sport, recreational and promotional markets. Throughout the 1980’s the Company creates gloves sold under private label for football, running and general outdoor use. Customers include Nike, Asics, Saucony, Hind, Frank Shorter, Pearl Izumi, Saranac Glove, Champion Glove, Ridell, Remington Arms, Wigwam, Helly Hansen, Specialized Bicycle, Reebok and many more.
1990’s – Manzella expands in outdoor and enters the ski marketplace. Company opens a production facility outside Gloversville, NY and begins producing fleece gloves and accessories under the Manzella label. Retailers carrying Manzella products expand dramatically. The “Manzella Z System” line of gloves is introduced, creating differentiation in the growing outdoor marketplace.
2000’s – Competition in cold weather accessories grows as apparel and outerwear brands enter the category. Manzella creates a glove categorization system using “Warm/Warmer/Warmest” rating that combines activity level and conditions allowing shoppers to select the right glove for their needs quickly and with confidence. Company successfully launches a line of hunting gloves and expands its presence in the uniform marketplace.
2011 – Manzella is acquired by totes Isotoner.