Alpargatas is the parent company of Havaianas, headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil and founded in 1907. Alpargatas employs over 17,000 employees worldwide in operating countries. Havaianas embodies the fun, vibrant and spontaneous way of Brazilian life. This brand of flip-flop sandals was created by in 1962 and the name Havaianas is derived from the Portuguese word for "Hawaiians". Havaianas flip-flops are the most popular in the world, with 150 million pairs being made every year. The USA office of Alpargatas/Havaianas opened in 2007 in New York City and services both wholesales and Direct Sales channels across the country and employs corporate, retail and sales staff around the US!