In 1982, the executive directors with their experience in shoe-designing and
shoe-making, started a business partnership, De Classici Shoe Manufacturer.
The partnership grew quickly to manufacture private labels for department
stores and specialty stores in Singapore as well as the region.
In 1990, with the incorporation of Ossia Intl Ltd to take over the existing
business of Ossia Trading Co, the footwear, bags and accessories business was
extended to include sporting goods and accessories. The Group has facilities
in Malaysia, Australia and Taiwan. In 1997, it brought over Millie Co Ltd, a
leading footwear retail chain and the Group's major customer in Hong Kong.
In 1999, Ossia made a move into the internet business. It incorporated Tobicus
Investment Pte Ltd which will act as a holding company to invest in internet
companies. Subsequently Ossia and Tobicus transferred their investments to
Internet Technology Group Ltd, after which it was listed on the SGX-ST.
Today, Ossia has transformed from a footwear manufacturer to a regional
distributor and retailer of lifestyle products in footwear, fashion apparel,
sporting goods, golf, bags and accessories in Asia Pacific. Through its
marketing efforts and distribution, Ossia has secured exclusive distributorship
of 30 well-known international brands like Elle Paris, Elle Sports, Elle
Active, Elle Petite, Bodymaster, And 1, Prince, Mizuno sports, Spank, Keds,
Sperry Top Sider, Bridgestone Golf, Kasco Golf, Bally Golf, PRGR Golf, Sword
Golf, Hedgren, Tumi, Columbia, Acegene, Progres, Playboy, Diesel, Leviâs,
Kangol, Hush Puppies, Scholl, BCBG, Nina, Vago and Millieâs.
Ossia extends its product offerings in six regional markets namely Singapore,
Malaysia, Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China, with a distribution network
in excess of 2,000 channels/outlets, spanning 90 cities across the Asia
Pacific. The Group currently has 44 owned stores, 172 shops-in-shops, and 19
franchise stores in footwear, apparel, bags and golf.