Ellesse is an Italian sport apparel company originally founded by Leonardo Servadio in 1959 in Umbria, Italy. The name Ellesse derives from Servadio's initials, "L.S." which are spoken "elle" and "esse" in Italian.
It has been part of the British Pentland Group since 1987. Pentland Group also owns other well-known sportswear brands, such as Berghaus and Speedo. It currently licenses the Ellesse brand to partners in countries around the world, who manufacture and distribute Ellesse products in their territory.
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