Founded in 1984, Fossil was the first American brand to bring value and style to the watch category transforming the concept of timekeeping from the merely functional to chic and stylish must-haves for the wrist. Since then, Fossil has always been in the avant-garde, whether in terms of technology, the choice of materials or design. Fossil offers an extensive line of watches under its proprietary FOSSIL®, RELIC®, MW®, MW MICHELE®, MOBILEWEAR™ and ZODIAC® brands and, pursuant to license agreements, under some of the most prestigious brands in the world, including ADIDAS®, BURBERRY®, CALLAWAY GOLF®, COLUMBIA SPORTSWEAR®, DIESEL®, DKNY®, EMPORIO ARMANI®, MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS® and MARC® by MARC JACOBS.
In the early 1990's, Fossil expanded its core business, launching a line of accessory products including handbags, belts, small leather goods and sunglasses under the FOSSIL and RELIC brands. The Company also owns or licenses proprietary technology for certain of its watch products, including its BIG TIC® technology developed in 1998 and the patent-pending combination automatic/quartz movement called TWIST. Fossil also offers jewelry under the FOSSIL, DIESEL and EMPORIO ARMANI brands and in 2000 introduced FOSSIL Jeans wear. In 2002 Fossil created a proprietary technology brand ABACUS®, targeted for distribution in the electronics channel.