Eastland Is Incorporated
Eastland is officially incorporated on 11/30/55 with owners Jonas B. Klein, Bertram Wolfson and Louis Fishman. Eastland manufactures private label, leather beaded moccasins for National Retail Chains and Mail Order Companies.
JONAS B. KLEIN (‘62)
Owner and founder, inspecting the first shoes emerging from the Diamond Dryer, a revolutionary machine of 1960s shoemaking.
FREEPORT FACTORY (‘65)
Busy stitching room floor, in the Maine-based factory, employing more than 300 Mainers.
EASY STEPS (‘76)
Eastland introduces its first branded line of shoes - Easy Steps. The line’s boat shoes help establish Eastland’s products across the United States.
EASTLAND EMERGES (‘77)
The Easy Steps brand name is changed to Eastland.
Shoes are handsewn and handlasted using long-standing traditional shoemaking principles along with the newest machines and technology available.
THIRTY YEAR ANNIVERSARY (‘85)
Celebrating 30 years of handcrafting quality footwear.
THE EASTLAND KNOT (‘87)
Eastland’s wildly popular camp moc collection is customized by consumers with the iconic Eastland Knot. Eastland makes millions of pairs of camp mocs in its 3 Maine factories that employ over 750 people.
GLOBAL FOOTPRINT (‘90)
To produce additional constructions that reflect changing style trends, Eastland expands manufacturing to Italy, Brazil and China.
COOL KICKS (‘91)
Seville & Brooklyn establish Eastland in Urban Markets.
THE NEXT GENERATION (‘92)
Jim Klein is named President of Eastland Shoe Corp.
Eastland’s first retail website is established, offering consumers Eastland’s complete product line.
THREE GENERATIONS (‘07)
Eastland continues its history of family ownership with Joshua Klein and Jordan Klein joining the executive team.
MAINE MANUFACTURING RETURNS (‘10)
To commemorate the company’s 55th anniversary, the Eastland Made in Maine Collection is introduced. This premium collection of signature Maine-made heritage styles uses only domestically sourced, Made in the USA components and is sold to the finest department stores and boutiques around the world.
1955 EDITION (‘11)
The Eastland 1955 Edition Collection is introduced, drawing inspiration from the Eastland design archives.
60TH ANNIVERSARY (‘15)
Eastland celebrates 60 years in business and is still headquatered in Freeport, Maine.
Eastland’s family of brands are sold through thousands of retailers worldwide.