31 High Street
Wells, Somerset, BA5 2AA England
Fat Face draws more than just its name from a ski theme. (Its name is derived from an Olympic ski trail in the Alps.) The company sells ski-and-surf-style activewear and outdoor clothing from more than 200 shops in the UK and Ireland, as well as by catalog and online. Products include extreme sports apparel, footwear, jewelry, and accessories. The UK represents 97% of its net sales. Founded in 1988 by two fanatical skiers (Tim Slade and Jules Leaver) who sold clothing from their backpacks to support their skiing habits, Fat Face opened its first shop in London's Fulham Road in 1993.