History

1896 - E. H. C. Michahelles establishes his first merchant house in Hamburg. This was the beginning of the company we today know as MILES. Although the company only began trading in textiles some time later, to this day there is a connection between the original company and MILES: the first two and last three letters of founder Michahelles’ surname spell MILES.

1957 - MILES commences international trade in bulk textiles by the metre. It only takes another three years before MILES begins to import ready-made products from Japan. A network of international branches, offices and agents is established, showing continued growth.

1994 - The company relocates its headquarters from inner-city Hamburg to Norderstedt, moving into a large and highly modern administrative and logistics centre.

In November 2008, the company MILES is acquired by the Li & Fung Group, another step toward growth. MILES now has access to an expanded global network.

In 2010, MILES takes over textile company HEUSEL, an established company specialising in high-quality children’s wear. This allows MILES to add another important pillar to its portfolio.

Overview of History
1896          E. H. C. Michahelles & Co. is established
1952          Reactivated as “MILES Im- und Export GmbH”
1957          Commencement of trade in bulk textiles by the metre
1965          MILES Hong Kong Ltd. is established
1970          Office opened in Seoul, Korea
1984          Office opened in the USA
1988          Alster International Trading Company Pte. Ltd., Singapore, is established
1990          onwards Cooperation agreements entered into with contract manufacturers in Turkey, Portugal, Italy and Lithuania
1991          Office opened in Jakarta, Indonesia; MILES Jefferson Ltd. (UK) established
1992          Office opened in Colombo, Sri Lanka
1993          Office opened in Dhaka, Bangladesh
1994          Office opened in Karachi, Pakistan; Headquarters moved to Norderstedt (near Hamburg)
2002          Hardline articles added as a focus of the portfolio
2008          Acquisition by Li & Fung Group
2010          Takeover of textile company HEUSEL Textilhandelsgesellschaft mbH, Selm

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