Ab sportartiklar Oy opens a small workshop in downtown Helsinki and begins processing locally sourced birch into skis, javelin and discus.
The workshop eventually develops running shoes that land on the feet of Ville Ritola and Hannes Kolehmainen, the first "Flying Finn."
The company name changes to Karhu, the Finnish word for "bear."
Flying Finns dominate runways around the world garnering many accolades for Karhu, and Paavo Nurmi wins nine Olympic gold medals in the now famous Finnish footwear.
Karhu There are 12 products.