MAST makes clothes so its customers don't have to. MAST Industries (doing business as Mast Global Fashions) is one of the world's largest contract manufacturers, importers, and distributors of apparel, including sportswear for hot brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch. Once a wholly owned subsidiary of Limited Brands, a 51% stake in Mast was sold to private equity firm Sycamore Parters in November 2011 to establish it as a standalone company. Limited will continue to own Mast's separate sourcing operation for its Victoria's Secret, La Senza, and Bath & Body Works brands. Mast has manufacturing operations and joint ventures in more than a dozen countries including China, Israel, Mexico, and Sri Lanka.
Mast has grown from a cottage industry to a global force in apparel sourcing and manufacturing. It also makes clothing for Lane Bryant, New York & Company, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Indeed, Mast is relying on third-party customers more now that parent Limited Brands has sold its Express and Limited Stores apparel chains.
Mast was founded in 1970 by Martin Trust and his wife, Dena, in their Massachusetts home. It was bought by Limited Brands in 1978. – less