company history

History in the Making

It all began in 1975, when Dov Lautman and Eliezer Peleg sat in a small coffee shop in northern Israel and crafted their vision of a “high tech company for men’s underwear” – a dream they would successfully turn into a reality.

The first sewing and fabric factory, one of many to come, was set by the mountains of Galilee, near the growing city of Karmiel, where a mixed community of old and new immigrants from the surrounding area took part in creating what would later become one of the most successful textile manufacturing companies in the world.

1975

Dov Lautman and Eliezer Peleg found Delta (later to become Delta Galil Inc.) with two sewing factories, in

Karmiel and Nazareth.

1976-1980

New high-end equipment is purchased and hundreds of factory workers are employed in Israel.

1978

Delta enters popular UK retailer chain Marks & Spencer. Only three years old, the company already reaches $14.5M in sales.

1980

Delta creates its local brand Delta Israel, which will become one of the top ten fashion brands in Israel, and opens a chain of local stores selling global surpluses.

1981

A new sock factory opens in Karmiel as Delta continues to strengthen its presence overseas by opening a UK affiliate company for export purposes and expands to France through a licensing deal with Pierre Cardin.

1982

Delta goes public and is traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (DELT).

1984-1985

Delta enters the American market and broadens its activities across the nation within two years’ time.

1987

Delta develops a Cotton Lycra fabric and adds it to the women’s intimates’ collections, which become an overnight success.

1988

Sara Lee Corporation, a popular American consumer goods company, buys 25% of Delta’s shares and becomes an official partner.

1993

Delta expands into new territories and shifts manufacturing to low-cost labor countries, while completing its very first company acquisition of Babygro Scotland.

1995

Following the peace accords with Egypt and Jordan, Delta becomes the first Israeli company to open sewing factories in these two neighboring countries.

1995

The company celebrates its 20th  birthday with a grand event in the Karmiel stadium hosting Israel’s elite, including the evening’s honorary guest, Mr. Yitzhak Rabin, Prime Minister at the time.

1996

As manufacturing in Jordan takes off through a collaboration with CIG, production is also expanded to factories in Turkey and Eastern Europe; meanwhile, back in Israel, Delta acquires elastic-tape factory Sabrigum.

1998

Delta starts production of seamless apparel and expands its bra category; this triples the company’s manufacturing output over the next two years.

1999

As the 90’s come to an end, Delta reaches a sales volume of $355M and recognizes the need to reorganize the business after years of growth. Delta restructures its activity into one business unit and gets ready for its IPO on NASDAQ.

2000-2001

It’s a new millennium and Delta is focused on expansion; three acquisitions are made in North America, Canadian sock manufacturer Dominion in 2000 and two American companies in 2001 – mass-market underwear manufacturer Wundies and ladies intimate apparel manufacturer Inner-Secrets, which are then merged to form Delta USA.

2003-2004

The global expansion continues; Delta acquires Auburn Hosiery Mills in 2003, including the company’s

Wilson Hosiery license in the US & Europe, followed by the Taga and Yodfat sock licenses in Israel, and the

Burlen Corporation in 2004, strengthening Delta’s presence in the US women’s underwear market. Outsourcing to the Middle and Far East continues, with a new factory in China and expanded production in Egypt.

2005

GMM Capital, owned by Isaac Dabah, buys Sara Lee’s shares and becomes the second largest shareholder, with 28.5% shares of the company.

Following its innovative mindset, Delta introduces its flagship patent, Real Cool Cotton™, a groundbreaking fabric that changes the functionality of cotton and brings Delta into the performance fabric category.

2007

After receiving the “Israel Prize”, the most prestigious Israeli lifetime achievement award, and being diagnosed with ALS, founder Dov Lautman sells his controlling shares to GMM Capital.

Earlier that year, a new sock manufacturing mill that will be converted into a green factory, opens in

Bulgaria and sales volumes reach an impressive $559M.

2008

A year of growth and big changes: Isaac Dabah steps up as Delta’s new CEO; the Greener Delta plan is introduced as the first GRI report is released; Delta moves its international trading from NASDAQ to OTCQX; the company undergoes a massive re-organization as part of its new growth strategy that will include further acquisitions, strengthening production sites and entering new categories.

2009

Delta starts its strategic acquisition spree: production & marketing rights for the Tommy Hilfiger brand are obtained and Israeli sock company Gibor is bought.

2010

Delta acquires Australian Nearly Nude, known for its supporting shaping underwear.

2011

Delta acquires popular American sleepwear company KN Karen Neuburger.

2012

Delta acquires German underwear brand Schiesser AG, taking a big step towards European market growth. Locally, Delta Israel reaches a total of 150 retail stores across the country and signs singer Ninet Tayeb, Israel’s first “American Idol” winner, as its new representative.

2013

Delta signs several new licensing deals: with Columbia Sportswear to produce a collection of men & women’s socks; with Perry Ellis International for the right to produce men’s wear, underwear and sleepwear carrying the Original Penguin brand name, to be sold in North America; and with Lacoste, to

Design, develop, produce & distribute men’s underwear, sleepwear and loungewear carrying the brand’s name.

2014

In Europe, Delta-owned Schiesser signs a licensing agreement with leading European fashion brand Marc O’Polo to develop, produce and distribute underwear, loungewear and beachwear for men and women, for the European market. In the Middle and Far East, Delta acquires a dyeing mill in Cairo, buys 50% of a joint-venture sock factory in Turkey, and opens two joint-leadership factories in China, for the production of socks and seamless items. Locally, Delta Israel acquires teen underwear brand FIX and enters the sportswear market with Avia.

2015

Delta USA combines its three New York locations into one 48,000 sq. ft. headquarters on Park Avenue. The company continues its strategic expansion as it acquires American sleepwear and loungewear brand P.J. Salvage and signs a licensing deal with popular underwear and leisurewear brand Juicy Couture.

Delta Israel signs an exclusive licensing agreement with PUMA, taking over the brand’s marketing, distribution and retail activities in Israel, including two concept stores and a new online shop.

2016

Delta completes the biggest acquisition deal in company history, buying three top name American brands and opening the DG Premium Brands division: popular jeans label Seven for All Mankind, leisurewear brand Splendid, and fashion brand Ella Moss.

Globally, new factories open in Vietnam and Egypt, and Delta Galil headquarters move into its new building in Caesarea.

2017

Delta signs a licensing deal with CK Calvin Klein to develop, produce and distribute underwear, sleepwear and socks for children, including exclusive wholesale rights to market the brand throughout department and specialty stores in North America; and renews its offices in the UK and Switzerland.

2018

Delta signs a licensing deal with men’s underwear brand Ted Baker and acquires the French Eminence Group, adding the Eminence, Athena and Liable brands to the company’s growing roster and strengthening its presence in the French market.

2019

Delta purchases Bogart – a vertically integrated global leader in the design, development and manufacturing of fashion bras, and one of the top leading names in intimate apparel, sports and swimwear. This acquisition will expands Delta’s Footprint in Profitable Fashion Bra and Swimwear Categories.

2020

Covid 19 has created an opportunity for restructuring. Growing our digital platforms the Company has purchased Bear Necessities, a leading intimate’s online retailer, with the objective to grow its diversity of distribution channels.

2021

Successful IPO for Delta Israel Brands (TASE:DLTI). As part of its growth strategy of partnering with leading global brands the Company signs  a licensee agreement with Adidas for Men’s and Women’s underwear collection,  with Wolford for lingerie and swimwear and with Polo Ralph Lauren for intimates and sleepwear.