Founded in 1972 by Melih Celet, DESA employs a team of skilled craftsmen and artisans. DESA has been continuing its operations as a producer of leather and leather products, signing off significant accomplishments over 40 years. Taking the justified pride to become “Turkey’s Export Champion” 3 consecutive years -2010, 2011, 2012- in its field and owning a unique and vertically integrated business model, DESA continues striving to be a prestigious international brand by strengthening its current profile with its high quality products.
DESA’s operations include a tannery, two plants for production of women, men wear, handbags and accessories as well as distribution of those products via retail channels. DESA’s innovative and integrated approach distinguishes it from others in the industry. It owns and controls the entire production process from premium raw hide to finished product, utilising its own tannery and production facilities. These integrated manufacturing facilities combine traditional handcrafted techniques with the newest technological advances, enabling DESA to produce the highest quality leather products in the most flexible, innovative and efficient way possible.
DESA’s retail operations are mainly domestic with 68 DESA, 21 DESA Samsonite, 6 DESA Franchise and 12 Samsonite JV totalling 107 stores in addition to one store in London and two online stores as of 2014 year-end. In addition to production facilities with a total area of 25,500 m² in İstanbul and Düzce, DESA owns a tannery with an area of 20,000 m² located in Çorlu. Company provides integrated solutions for several international brands such as Prada, Miu Miu and Chanel. After 26 years of distribution for Samsonite, world’s biggest travel products manufacturer, DESA strengthened its international profile further by establishing a 40%-60% joint venture with Samsonite in 2007.
DESA combines the very best traditional techniques with contemporary design and over 40 years of innovative manufacturing experience. The Company gives significant importance to materials and craftsmanship of high standard that provide its products with high quality and durability. With the perfectionist mentality it embraces in its service quality, DESA always makes investments to human source through designs, researches and developments.
Using only the very finest leathers each unique collection artfully blends innovation and modern luxury with its own signature style. DESA recently launched showrooms in Dusseldorf and London which will enable the Company to expand footprints of DESA-branded products internationally. Company’s strategic goal in long term is to increase DESA brand products both locally and internationally.
DESA is a public company that has been traded in Borsa Istanbul with “DESA” code since May 2004. 54.3% of DESA’s share capital is held by Çelet Holding, 10.0% by Mr. Melih Çelet, 0.8% by others while the remaining 34.9% is free float.