It was the dawn of a new age, the death of an old one. Everything seemed to be changing as the 1960s came to a close. And that turbulence provided fertile ground for a one-man enterprise called Aquarius Ltd. Working out of its founder’s garage, Aquarius Ltd. incorporated as a manufacturer and wholesaler of leather watchbands in 1969. Two years later, the St. Louis-based company turned its skill and creativity to the manufacturing of belts.
As our reach and success grew, Aquarius Ltd. expanded into cold weather products with the 1980 acquisition of Chicago-based children’s accessory company, Witmor Inc. Further driving growth, the company began manufacturing licensed products in 1989.
From a garage in St. Louis to the showrooms of New York, Los Angeles, Taipei, and Shanghai, Aquarius Ltd. has grown into one of the country’s largest suppliers of accessories for men, women, and children. Today’s AQ sells licensed, company owned brands and private label to almost every major retailer in the United States, as well as hundreds of specialty stores. Each division has its own dedicated team of sales, design, and merchandising staff. And with warehouses in St. Louis and LA, AQ is well positioned for continuing growth and success.
With our roots in the anything-is-possible 1960s, today’s AQ is populated by hundreds of progressive professionals driven to make our products, our workplace, and our world ever better.
In step with the times at all times, AQ remains true to our mission to deliver to our brands and our retailers a variety of high value, high quality products with a higher level of personal service.
Here, teamwork, craftsmanship, creativity, and service serve as our daily mantra.
We understand that diversity fuels great design. Our people bring a variety of cultures, faiths, ages, and orientations to their work. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.
At AQ, we are intimately aware of the opportunities and risk presented by international trade. We diligently adhere to all guidelines set by the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism.
Administered by the Office of Homeland Security, “C-TPAT seeks to safeguard the world's vibrant trade industry from terrorists, maintaining the economic health of the U.S. and its neighbors. The partnership develops and adopts measures that add security but do not have a chilling effect on trade, a difficult balancing act.”