Our Heritage Brands business encompasses the design, sourcing and marketing of a varied selection of prominent brand-label dress shirts, neckwear, sportswear, swimwear, intimate apparel and footwear, as well as the licensing of our owned brands (other than the Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger brands), for an assortment of products. The Heritage Brands business also includes private label dress furnishings programs, particularly neckwear programs. We design, source and market substantially all of these products on a brand-by-brand basis, targeting distinct consumer demographics and lifestyles in an effort to minimize competition among our brands.
We distribute our Heritage Brands products at wholesale in national and regional department, mid-tier department, mass market, specialty and independent stores primarily in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Our wholesale business represents our core business and we believe that it is the basis for our brand equity. As a complement to our wholesale business, we also market our products directly to consumers through our Van Heusen and IZOD retail stores, which are principally located in outlet malls throughout the United States and Canada. Global retail sales of our Heritage Brands business were approximately $3.2 billion in 2012.