A well known company around the world, Baťa’s roots are firmly planted in Czech soil. For 122 years the family-owned company rose to success withstanding wars, exile and occupation. Together with his two siblings, Tomáš Baťa started a shoe company on August 24th 1894 using inheritance money. The small city of Zlín thus became home to a large shoe manufacturing establishments, one of the first of its kind in the world. Tomáš didn’t become King of Shoes overnight, but in just 10 years the company began producing 2,200 pairs of shoes a day. By 1917 they sold around two million shoes a year.
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