Shoemakers step into unique, New Space just outside of Boston
The Rockport Group, a leader in men’s and women’s footwear since 1971, today announced the move of its global corporate headquarters to the village of West Newton in the city of Newton, Mass. The move comes nearly 18 months after the company became a standalone entity following its acquisition by Boston-based investment firm Berkshire Partners LLC and New Balance Holding, Inc., the investment arm of New Balance. The business was previously owned by the adidas Group and located in Canton, Massachusetts, USA
The Rockport Group’s new office is located in a brick-and-beam building at 1220 Washington St. in a space owned and managed by Davis Marcus Partners, a venture of The Davis Companies and Marcus Partners Inc. Inspired by the company’s New England heritage, the 70,000-square-foot layout was renovated by Boston-based architectural firm Baker Design Group to feature: industrial-themed staircases, exposed brick, large, bright windows, an open-concept cafeteria, and a main lounge area featuring a double-sided fireplace. Inviting common areas encourage collaboration and exude warmth. Classic yet modern, the new headquarters is home to approximately 215 employees.
The Rockport Group President & CEO, Bob Infantino: “We are excited to call Newton the home of The Rockport Group’s new global headquarters. We were founded in Massachusetts in 1971 and are proud to continue our legacy in the greater Boston area. Our head office is a hub for our employees around the world across all three of our brands – Rockport, Aravon and Dunham – and our heritage and commitment to the art of shoemaking is reflected in our new space.”
Infantino and Newton Mayor Setti Warren will celebrate the opening of the company’s new headquarters today at 10 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Attendees will include Newton city councillors as well as representatives from Berkshire Partners LLC, New Balance Holding, Inc., and the Newton Chamber of Commerce.
Mayor Warren adds, “We are very glad to welcome The Rockport Group to Newton. Our unique village centres, supportive community, and easy access to Boston create an environment where businesses can thrive. Rockport is an exciting addition to our vibrant and diverse business community and I’m excited to see how they continue to grow and succeed here.”
The Rockport Group is home to the Aravon, Dunham and Rockport brands and the popular Rockport Cobb Hill Collection. With its diverse assortment of men’s and women’s footwear, products from The Rockport Group can be found in various retail channels in more than 60 countries worldwide. Headquartered in the greater Boston area, The Rockport Group is committed to its history of innovation and a consumer-centric approach to style, fit and comfort.