The awesome shavers, clippers, and trimmers that Remington makes today are the result of a long and storied history.
posted May 18, 2015
Let’s take a look back to a big part of the story—the era of owner Victor Kiam. Kiam earned a Master’s degree at Harvard before beginning his career in sales and marketing. He then started a watch company and eventually purchased Remington in 1979. That’s an incomplete, boring explanation for how Kiam became involved with Remington. But most of the exciting stuff happened once he took over!
In addition to his duties as chairman and president, Kiam was Remington’s TV spokesman. He wrote and appeared in several commercials, with the most famous containing his catchphrase, “I liked it so much, I bought the company!” The story goes that after his wife bought him a Remington electric shaver, he trusted in the product so much that he wanted to buy the company. The phrase, commercials, and company would make Kiam a household name around the world.
After buying the New England Patriots in 1988, Kiam even had one of his players (Doug Flutie) appear in a commercial. This man knew synergy! The company expanded and flourished under Kiam’s watch, and he remained involved with Remington until he passed in 2001.
So the next time you pick up your quality Remington shaver, remember the man who helped launch the company to where it is today. And who knows—maybe you’ll even love the smooth shave enough to buy the company!