I stand corrected. I should have said it was a rumor (heard from some Kailas sponsored climbers visiting the US). Google says Kailas became the distributor for Vaude group in China recently. I surmise Totem is simply distributed under the Kailas brand in China as well. That's far from being "owned" by Kaila (although suppose REI had been the sole US distributor of CCH Aliens before its demise, how independent would CCH have been?).