The roots of Anvil can be traced back to a 130-year-old brand of men’s undergarments known as BVD. In 1976 the BVD trademark was sold to Fruit of the Loom so the company began operating as Anvil Knitwear. There are also pre-1976 Anvil roots with the Ched tag.
Anvil considers itself one of the catalysts in the evolution of the t-shirt.
1976 BVD sold its trademark, so its subsidiaries would continue as Anvil and Anvil Knitwear.
In 1995 Anvil is acquired by Vestar Capital. Like with many other textile companies, Anvil begins manufacturing outside the US after NAFTA.
In 2004 CAFTA cut US tariffs to Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic, encouraging US companies to produce there. In 2006 Anvil filed for Bankruptcy. In 2012 Anvil is acquired by Gildan.
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