2XU Pty. Ltd. is an Australian multinational corporation engaged in the design, development and selling of sporting apparel including compression garments, triathlon, cycle, running, open water swimming and general fitness wear. Founded in 2005 by Clyde Davenport, Jamie Hunt and Aidan Clarke, the company is headquartered in Melbourne, Victoria.
2XU stands for "Two Times You," which symbolises the multiplication of human performance.
2XU has been worn by world champion athletes including triathlete Emma Snowsill and currently holds official alliances with organisations including Rowing Australia, the Australian Paralympic Committee, United States Ski and Snowboard Association, and the Australian Institute of Sport.
In 2003, former triathlete Jamie Hunt and Aidan Clarke approached Clyde Davenport about creating a sportswear brand. Davenport had recently sold his eponymously-named underwear line.
March 2012, 2XU acquired Sports Multiplied which was renamed 2XU North America.
In May 2013, 2XU launched its interactive microsite, Athlete 2.0. The site provided more tools to achieve multiplying athletic performance through its gear, recovery, workouts, and nutritional portals.
In 2011, Lazard Australia Private Equity acquired a minority interest share in the 2XU business. In December 2013, L Capital acquired 40 percent of 2XU.
The L Capital investment cost a reported A$75 million (US$68.3 million). L Capital is a private equity firm sponsored by French luxury retail company LVMH Group.
Within Australia, 2XU is retailed in 12 of its own 2XU Performance Centres, and stocked in major sports stores across the country including Rebel Sport, Amart Sports, Anaconda, The Iconic and MSAC. In May 2013, 2XU opened its first Performance Centre in the United States, 2XU Santa Monica, in Los Angeles, California, and the company opened a store in the Fashion Island shopping centre in Newport Beach in June 2014. Outside of Australia, 2XU has 24 distributors across 50 countries in Asia, Central and South America, Europe, and North America.
2XU has after graced the bodies of multiple world champion athletes such as LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Connor Mcgreggor. It has additionally graced the bodies of a large number of celebrities such as Hugh Jackman and Sofia Vergara. 2XU has become the official compression partner to a few of the world’s best teams, and been the secret recovery weapon to most pro basketball and football teams. 2XU is designed and tested in consultation with world-renowned universities and sport scientists.
Some of 2XU's partners include the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), Ironman, Australian Paralympic Committee (APC), Athletics Australia, AFL, United States Skiing Association (USSA), Rowing New Zealand, Rowing Canada, Swimming Australian and a large number of more.
2XU sponsors multiple sports teams and events, including the Surrey Men's League, a company-sponsored cross-country league, and the 2XU Compression Run, a half-marathon held annual in Singapore after 2011.
It additionally sponsors 2XU Stroke & Stride, a swimming and running biathlon located in New Zealand, as well as the 2XU Great Ocean and Otway Classic Ride, a bike ride that starts and ends in Torquay.
The company additionally sponsors 2XU New Zealand Davis Cup, a tennis team. 2XU is the official compression supplier to the Australian Institute of Sport, Ironman Triathlon, and for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association.