Cole Haan falls under the footwear industry which was founded in the year 1928 by its founders Trafton Cole and Eddie Haan, George Denny et al. Presently it is headquartered at Greenland, New Hampshire, United States. It was founded in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Beside Greenland, the headquarters are also present in New York city.

Originally, the company was called Cole, Rood and Haan and it was confined to footwear label for men. But today it has expanded its horizon- from strictly being a footwear brand to offering dresses, casual footwear, handbags, hosiery, belts, scarves, outerwear, sunglasses, hats, gloves et cetera. The predecessor of this brand is Intercueros.

On May 31, 2012, Nike Inc. removed its entire stake from this luxury brand to focus on the Nike brand and other brands around. And from there on, Apax Partners Worldwide bought it for $570 million; the deal was signed on November 16, 2012, taken from Nike, Inc. Mr. Jack A.Boys is the current Chief Executive Officer of Cole Haan.

In the summer of 2011, it was decided unanimously that the headquarters of the label in Maine will be located from Yarmouth to Scarbough. But originally and finally the headquarters changed to Greenland, New Hampshire.

A brand like Cole Haan receives its backbone support from ventures such as Horween Leather Company that is responsible for the supply of leather shells for footwear that are manufactured by the fashion house.

Cole Haan is a vast venture and thereby has its flagship stores in the following locations:- Soho, New York City; Century City, California; Honolulu, Hawaii; Dallas, Texas; Boston, Massachusetts; Rockfeller Center, New York City; Tokyo, Japan; Columbus Circle, New York City; San Francisco, California and finally Flaitron, New York City. Beside the flagship stores, the retailers where it products are procurable are Zappos, Hudson’s Bay Company, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Lord and Taylor and several other department stores all over America. There are outlets owned by Cole Haan that offers products for men and women. Moreover, it is not just restricted to the United States and operates well in other countries across the globe- Canada, Mexico, China, Indonesia, Korea, Peru, The Philippines and Thailand.

For the purpose of sustainability and environmental protection, it has refused to use real animal fur in its products of leather or otherwise. The brand chooses celebrity faces for its ad campaigns. For instance, Maria Sharapova headed the campaign for its Spring 2009 and Fall 2009 ad campaign.