Our Story

For more than 140 years, Jockey has led the apparel industry by producing garments that connect with our spirit of adventure. Our legacy, based on ingenuity, vitality and authenticity, celebrates Jockey as a pioneering brand of progressive and independent thinking. As a world-class brand, Jockey continues to inspire a renewed sense of individuality and freedom of movement in modern men and women across the world ultimately satisfying the human need for comfort.

Jockey International, Inc. is a privately held American company, founded in 1876 by Samuel T. Cooper. Today, Jockey is a leading manufacturer and marketer of apparel products sold in more than 147 countries around the world. The 140-year old company is committed to quality, comfort, fashion, innovation and value.

1876

Jockey is founded by Samuel T. Cooper whose goal was to revolutionize socks and hosiery.

1900

Samuel Cooper's sons expand the business from socks to underwear.

1910

The Cooper Underwear Company (now known as Jockey) creates the "Klosed Krotch" union suit. It was the single greatest advancement in underwear at the time. Coopers also puts its underwear in fine packaging and displays it on major retailers' sales floors - an industry first. Prior to this underwear was kept in boxes behind the counter for modesty's sake.

1930’s

In 1934, Coopers invents the first men's brief called "Jockey® Shorts", forever changing the underwear landscape. By 1935 the brief is improved with the Y-Front® Brief design, enhancing the garment's "masculinized support". In the same year, the company introduced cellophane packaging - an industry first - and patented the brief. In 1938, Coopers hosts the first underwear fashion show featuring the "Cellophane Wedding". Runway models were swathed in cellophane while modeling underwear, an effort to skirt decency laws of the day.

1940’s

Artist Frank Hoffman creates the first Jockey® icon, the Jockey® Boy. The icon would last for more than 60 years, with minor updates to keep it fresh. In 1947, the Jockey® brand name is stitched into the waistband of the underwear - another industry first.

1950’s

The Jockey® Skants® bikini brief is born and considered to be the first bikini-style men's underwear sold in the U.S. Jockey is also one of the first underwear brands advertised on television, read live by Jack Parr on the Tonight Show.

1960’s

The Company developed underwear for NASA's Apollo program that included a very unusual feature-elastic bands on the cuffs that looped around one's palms for use in zero gravity.]

1970’s

Coopers officially adopts the name of Jockey Menswear, Inc. A year later it would change to Jockey International, Inc. Jockey also partners with professional athletes to model Jockey® underwear for advertising campaigns.

1980’s

The introduction of Jockey for Her in 1982 makes the most famous name in men's underwear also the most comfortable name in women's underwear.

1990’s

In the 1990s, Jockey launched the “Let’em know you’re Jockey” campaign, which highlighted exciting new products and cutting edge marketing that attained global recognition.

2000

Jockey becomes a founding member of W.R.A.P., the Worldwide Responsible Apparel Production association dedicated to ethical apparel manufacturing.

2005

This was a big year for Jockey! The Jockey 3D-Innovations® collection - underwear designed with 3-dimensional body scanning and featuring a unique, 8-way stretch fabric - is launched, demonstrating Jockey's continued commitment to innovation.

2009

Jockey rolls out several international websites and key ranges such as Modern Classic, Jockey® Sport and the Colored Y-Front® collection across the world. Jockey also celebrates the 75th Anniversary of the world's first brief.

2011

Jockey launches the USA Originals Collection in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The USA Originals Collection pays tribute to Jockey’s roots and takes inspiration from traditional American colors, textures, and icons.

2012

An international brand since the 1930’s, Jockey introduces the International Collection, a range offering stylish essentials for the well-dressed man. This collection is available throughout Europe, Latin America, and Asia.

2013

Jockey launches a new brand campaign, Show You’re Jockey®! The campaign will unite millions of Jockey fans across the globe, from London to Bangkok, with the simple message that they’re all proud to show they’re Jockey®.

2014

In 2014, Jockey launched USA Originals Women’s Loungewear – designed with the finest fabrics and details for today’s fashion-forward women.

2016

Jockey launches Cotton+ and Jockey® Performance, two modern collections which carry on Jockey’s proud heritage of developing new and innovative underwear.