In 1924, the company was founded in Oakley, Ohio, a small suburb of Cincinnati. The plant was moved to Loveland, Ohio in 1942 where the very first totes rubber rain boots were manufactured. These rubber rain boots, called "totes" to emphasize how portable & easy-to-carry they were, eventually became the company's most popular product. In 1961, Brad Phillips, a Chicago businessman, bought the company & changed the name to totes, Incorporated. In 1970, totes introduced the first easy to fold collapsable umbrella in the United States. Since then the company has branched out into a worldwide brand selling many more products, with lines such as Isotoner & Giftables.