The Heritage Legwear Brand Favored by Hedi and Karl
Meanwhile, over in Schmallenberg, a small village in Germany, the Falke group is still faithful to its reputation as the “king of legwear.”
Established in 1895, today the family-owned company is managed by the fourth generation (Franz-Peter and Paul Falke, great-grandsons of the company’s founder). For almost 120 years, Falke has stood for high-end legwear crafted from rich materials and manufactured with the finest workmanship and a wealth of detail.
With both innovative ideas and many decades of experience, the house designs socks, tights, stay-ups, and—today—even plaids and pillows (part of the homewear brand Falke Home) of luxurious quality and contemporary design.
Every day, more than 3,000 employees (some of them having worked at the company for over 50 years) create products, for which they use 2,100 tons of yarn per year. The essential factors contributing to the success of the company, it seems, are its high quality and attention to detail. In order to ensure this quality, Falke produces almost exclusively at its factory in Schmallenberg, one also used by the likes of Giorgio Armani and Kenzo.
But the company has another strength: perfect positioning. The world of Falke has been fully brought to life at the leading department stores worldwide, and its products are often used as a finishing touch to runway collections by such designers as Hedi Slimane, Karl Lagerfeld, and Viktor & Rolf.
Falke is available in more than 70 countries, making it probably the biggest legwear brand in the world.
For more information, visit www.falke.com.
Photos: Courtesy of Falke