HISTORIE

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HISTORY

1889 

Merchants Leo Roos and Isidor Kahn establish their men’s clothing factory named Roos & Kahn in Bielefeld – which, even back then, was the centre of the German textile industry and had a strong business structure. Roos & Kahn produced mainly coats, trousers and jackets, made of linen, satin and loden. A sensible and solid start.

1902

The factory is enhanced with technical innovations, which make it possible to expand the range. Suits and blazers are included in the collection following the purchase of sewing machines and ironing presses.

1938 

The tense political situation prompts the sale of the company to F. Niemann, owner of a weaving company and fabric wholesaler, who successively drives the industrialisation of the company – with success.

1960

The year in which the name windsor. is created – and stays. Managing Partner Günter Klasing acquires the company, shaping it with his enthusiasm for expensive cloth from England. The birth of Windsor Kleiderwerk G. Klasing KG. At the same time, blazers, trousers and coats are increasingly defining the specialist expertise within the company. This trend is joined by a new fashion philosophy embracing lightweight fabrics that are softly finished into a fashionable collection of men's suits and coats. Back then, the German market had never seen anything like it.

1965

windsor. establishes itself as a force to be reckoned with in the industry, rising to the summit of the fashion world with the unmistakable, confident style that the brand owes in equal measure to prestigious designers and renowned fabric suppliers.

1970

Rudolf-August Oetker acquires windsor. and expands both head office and the production facilities.

1977

windsor. launches its first collection for women, drawing on its many years of expertise in textiles, cuts and fabrics. Womenswear made by windsor. quickly evolves into an independent and confident brand for the most sophisticated tastes.

1983

Windsor GmbH is acquired by U. J. Textil Handels GmbH & Co. KG. Under the management of brothers Uwe and Jochen Holy, focus centres on consistent brand management.

1991

The company acquires the licencing rights to the JOOP! Menswear label.

1993

The brand is revamped with a new design, a new message and a new logo. The advertising campaign entitled ‘Encounters in Windsor’ communicates a sense of emotion and zeitgeist and features well-known personalities from the worlds of art and culture, such as jazz musician Branford Marsalis, theatre director Peter Zadek, architect Zaha Hadid or actresses Iris Berben and Geraldine Chaplin.

1999

The ‘Encounters in Windsor’ concept is relaunched with enhanced artistic sophistication and a tangibly international feel. The resulting ‘Film Clips of Life’ are staged by various art photographers in different cities.

2000

windsor. acquires the licences for JOOP! Jeans for men and women. The windsor. Art Collection is opened to the public for the first time. The company presents a collection of contemporary photographs at the Munich gallery of Philomene Magers, with none other than Helmut Newton performing the opening ceremony and then taking portrait pictures of the guests during the vernissage. Since then, selected works from the windsor. Art Collection have been put on show at windsor. stores.

2001

windsor. opens a store purely for womenswear in the city of Düsseldorf on the River Rhine.

2004

The foundations are laid to ensure the company’s ability to compete globally. The shareholders decide to intensify the collaboration between windsor. in Bielefeld and Strellson AG in Kreuzlingen/Switzerland in order to further strengthen synergies and market performance. The brand management of the ensuing group is bundled at Strellson AG. In the process, windsor. men is relocated in its entirety to Kreuzlingen while windsor. womenswear remains in Bielefeld.

2005

windsor. starts cooperating with Condor, a specialist for leather craftsmanship. The belts made in Austria for windsor. men are important accessories that enhance the menswear collection.

2006

Windsor GmbH in Bielefeld acquires the licence for JOOP! Women. windsor. men presents its ‘Jacket In The Bag’ and the ‘Zero Jacket’. Both garments are innovative, functional and designed to suit the sophisticated tastes of premium male customers.

2008

windsor. stores open in Munich and Salzburg. The brand values – tradition and modern – are sensitively united in the meticulously designed rooms. The perfect framework for compelling product presentations. The historical character of the building and premises in Salzburg was held in respect, albeit without detracting from the typical presentation of the brand.

2010

windsor. celebrates contemporary photographic art at its store in Vienna, where selected originals from the windsor. Art Collection add special visual appeal to the sales areas.

2012

The windsor. store opens in Wiesbaden. The women’s and men’s collections on two floors in the ‘Vier Jahreszeiten’ shopping complex are further enhanced by the striking new furnishing concept combining coffee-coloured wooden floors made from old planks with high gloss white piano lacquer surfaces and Classicon lounge furniture. The windsor. Online Shop is launched at windsor.de with the aim of bringing the fun of shopping at windsor. stores to the Internet. From now on, men and women in Germany, Austria and Switzerland can browse the sophisticated Online Shop.

2013

The windsor. men’s ‘Mindful Traveller Collection’ is presented. Suits, coats, shirts, knit- and jerseywear made of select fabrics enhance the brand's profile as a supplier of functional business and high class fashion that is welcomingly comfortable to wear when travelling.

2014

The windsor. store in Düsseldorf adds windsor. men to its range, accompanied by the move to Düsseldorf's Kö-Bogen where sufficient room is available on two floors. Cooperation starts with Ludwig Reiter and Unützer, two traditional shoe brands. Both partners guarantee the same high standards of quality manufacture of their men’s and women’s shoes as windsor. The windsor. store opens on Am Wall in Bremen. This address in the heart of Bremen also visualises and communicates the windsor. lifestyle.

2015

The first collection of outdoor jackets and coats for men and women is launched. This extension incorporates sophisticated sportswear and stylish details that cleverly enhance the urban character of the brand as a whole. In the interests of strengthening the company strategically, the JOOP! and windsor. brands are bundled at the headquarters of HOLY FASHION GROUP in Kreuzlingen, while windsor. GmbH remains in Bielefeld.

2016

The windsor. men’s Sartorial Collection is presented, combining exquisite tailoring with the very best workmanship and careful choice of fabrics. For men with style and no desire for the mainstream. The first windsor. store opens in Meran, Italy. windsor. women is presented in the historical centre of this spa town in cooperation with Andrea Maria Tratter and Roberto Casali. Exclusively, in a presentation that is typical for the brand.
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