Koutons Retail India, popularly known as Koutons, is the leading manufacturer of readymade fashion wear brand. The company started its journey in 1990 when D P S Kohli and his brother-in-law B S Sawheny set up Charlie Jeans.
In 1998 the company launched the brand Koutons and in 2002 it launched its first exclusive Koutons brand outlet. The company re-launched its brand ‘Charlie Outlaw’ in 2006. In the same year, the company changed its name to Koutons Retail India. In 2008 the company launched brand 'Les femme' for ladies and 'Koutons Junior' for kids.
Currently Koutons manufactures wide range of apparels in men, women and children wear. It has a network of more than 1420 outlets across India.The company owns leading brands like ‘Charlie Outlaw’, ‘Les Femme’, ‘Koutons Menswear’ and ‘Koutons Junior’. Koutons has also launched K2one an exclusive footwear brand for men.
The company acquired DBG Retail Holdings in 2007-08 and the latter is now a subsidiary of the company.
In September 2011, Koutons reported that lenders like Indian Overseas Bank, Punjab National Bank, Bank of India and Bank of Baroda had approved a corporate debt restructuring of its Rs 660 crore debt.