ECCO was founded in 1963 by Birte and Karl Toosbuy. Trained as a shoemaker, Karl Toosbuy had a dream to own a shoe factory and run his own business. Innovation has been and has maintained being a cornerstone in ECCO. They are constantly seeking to disrupt and provide improvements for the footwear and leather industry. Creating and maintaining strong, positive relationships with their colleagues, partners, customers and societies in which they live and work with respect for diversity is at their business-doing core.