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Family picture of the FALKE founding family in 1895

1895

Our founding year

Roofer Franz Falke-Rohen, who worked as a seasonal knitter in the cold winter months, founds his own knitting mill.

Portait of the son, Franz Jr, of the founder of the FALKE brand Franz Falke-Rohen in 1902

1902

The second FALKE generation

His oldest son Franz Jr., a trained umbrella maker, takes charge of the small knitting mill and leads it through the turmoil of the First World War.

Picture from 1918 in front of the FALKE Garne production center

1918

FALKE Yarns

Franz Falke-Rohen and his son purchase the “Wool and Hair-Yarn Spinning Mill Carl Meisenburg” in Schmallenberg (later FALKE Yarns), thereby laying the foundation for the development of today's group of companies.

Picture of the construction site of the new production site, which is the head office today, in 1920

1920

Establishment of company headquarters

A new factory is built in Schmallenberg featuring new hosiery machines and its first telephone system. The headquarters of the FALKE Group is still at the same location today. Eight sewing subsidiaries reaching all the way to Thuringia were added as contract manufacturers.

Portrait of Franz Falke-Rohen, founder of the FALKE brand

1928

FALKE on the way to expansion

Franz Falke Senior's handicraft business founded in 1895 has become an impressive industrial company with approximately 800 employees. This is the year Franz Falke Senior passes away, leaving behind a considerable life's work.

Photo of the inherited knitting center, FALKE Fashion today, in 1939

1939

FALKE Fashion

Acquisition of the “Salomon Stern Knitwear Company”, founded in Schmallenberg in 1810, where Franz Falke-Rohen formerly worked as a knitter. Today the “Salomon Stern” company operates under the name FALKE Fashion.

Brand image of the FALKE company from 1946

1946

FALKE trademark

The FALKE trademark was designed in 1946 and first used for legwear. The word-image logo was registered and protected as a trademark in 1950.

Picture of Paul and Franz-Otto Falke from 1951

1951

The third FALKE generation

Sons Paul and Franz-Otto Falke take over the group after the death of their father Franz Falke Jr. Their goals include consistent brand management for all product lines and the development of foreign markets for export. In the ensuing decades, sales offices and production facilities are established in Europe and abroad.

Picture of the sheer tights production site in 1958

1958

FALKE hosiery

Purchase of the Uhli hosiery plant, founded in 1948. This is where the first nylon stockings were made and the first tights were finished on a cotton machine. With this purchase, FALKE was able to tap into both the fine and knitted hosiery markets.

Picture of a store in the 60s/70s

60/70

FALKE women's fashion

In addition to hosiery, FALKE makes a very good name for itself with women's knitwear. However, the women's line was discontinued in 1985 in favour of a stronger focus on men's fashion.

Picture of the FALKE production site in Tovartex in 1974

1974

International locations

Along with concentrating production in the Schmallenberg and Lippstadt parent plants, FALKE begins establishing foreign production facilities in Portugal, Austria and Hungary as well as a location in South Africa. www.falke.co.za

Paul and Franz-Otto Falke are holding the german award for marketing at the ceremony.

1976

Marketing award

In this year, the corporate directors Paul and Franz-Otto Falke receive the German Marketing Award.

Picture of the catalogue of the FALKE collection in collaboration with Georgio Armani from 1970 to 1990

70-90

Strong licensing partnerships

FALKE is inspired by collaborating with international designers. Licensing partnerships are worked out with Armani, Lagerfeld, Christian Dior and Paul Smith. Other licensing partners include Moschino, Jeff Sayre, Yves Saint-Laurent, Kenzo, Boss, Esprit, JOOP! and Camel.

Picture of Mr Paul Falke and Mr Franz-Peter Falke in 1990

1990

The fourth FALKE generation

Paul Falke Sr. dies at the age of seventy. His son Paul and Paul's cousin Franz-Peter, son of Franz-Otto Falke, take over the management of the Group.

Picture of the first FALKE Flagship Store in Cologne in 1992

1992

Cologne flagship store

The first FALKE Flagship Store for outerwear is opened in Cologne.

Picture of Franz Peter Falke receiving the the German environmental protection award in 1994

1994

Environmental award

FALKE Yarns receives the German environmental protection award in the category “Environmentally-friendly Products” from the BDI (German Union of Engineers). The award is presented for the development of “Clima Wool”, an insulating material made of sheep's wool.

Picture of red threads

1997

Leinefelder Textilwerke

Leinefelde Textilewerke GmbH (LTW) in Leinefelde, Thuringia is acquired on 1 July 1997. With this commitment, FALKE not only ensures its own supply of high-quality specialised yarns, but also expands LTW to be a specialised innovator in the development of yarns for the textile and clothing industry.

Picture of Jacques Villeneuve, Formule 1 pilote, in 1997/1998 with a suit, which was sponsored by FALKE

97/98

F1 sponsoring

In 1997 and 1998, FALKE concentrates its sponsoring on the Williams Formula 1 team with Jacques Villeneuve and Heinz-Harald Frentzen as drivers. In 1997, Jacques Villeneuve wins the Formula 1 World Championship. Heinz-Harald Frentzen takes second place and the Williams team reaches 1st place in the World Constructors' Championship.

Picture of a FALKE Flagship Store

1998

Shop-in-shop systems and flagship stores

By now, 81 shop-in-shop systems have been implemented in Germany in cooperation with the trade industry. On an international level, FALKE presents its company's products in 20 shop-in-shop systems in the fashion centres of Europe. FALKE has opened its own flagship stores in the best locations in select fashion capitals: Berlin and Ascona.

Picture of the FALKE head office in Schmallenberg in 1999

1999

FALKE KG

FALKE Hosiery in Lippstadt and Franz Falke-Rohen Socks are merged under the FALKE KG umbrella brand and will operate thereafter as a clothing enterprise.

Picture of a man from the back wearing FALKE sport clothing

2005

Full-range supplier for activewear

FALKE successfully markets itself as a full-range supplier of functional activewear. As a supplement to the existing range of sport socks, basics and second layers, FALKE Ergonomic Sport System offers a comprehensive product portfolio with items that coordinate perfectly with each other.

Picture of a women with FALKE shirt

2006

Runner's World Ispo Award 2006 for FALKE ESS

The FALKE ESS collection was presented the Best Running Clothing Award thanks to its perfect combination of high-tech functionality and innovative design.

Logo of the Design award 2007, which FALKE won

2007

Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany

FALKE – which was the only textile company to be nominated – received this award for its highly innovative athletic pullover for active sports on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economics.

Logo of the brand Burlington

2008

Purchase of the Burlington trademark rights

The FALKE Group purchases the Burlington brand, effective as of 1 April. With this strategic decision, FALKE has acquired the right to manufacture and distribute clothing, leather goods and jewellery in key international markets. Burlington will remain as an independent brand within the FALKE Group.

Picture of the FALKE flagship store in Ascona in Switzerland

2011

Flagshipstore in Ascona

In Ascona, Switzerland, the FALKE Group opens another flagship store in a top location, which will represent the company's brand identity in the future.

Picture of the FALKE production site in Serbia in 2012

2012

Opening of the production site in Serbia

The new factory in Leskovac starts production. Knitted legwear and fine hosiery are manufactured here for the global fashion market going forward.

Picture of a FALKE store in Zürich

2013

Opening of the FALKE store in Zurich

FALKE opens its first store in German-speaking Switzerland in an exclusive location at Rennweg 2 in Zurich.

Logo of the German Ski Association

2014

DSV outfitter

This winter is the first time FALKE has outfitted the German National Ski Teams Ski Alpine and Ski Cross with performance underwear and ski tights from FALKE Ergonomic Sport System.

Picture of a women stretching in FALKE sport clothing

2015

Launch of the innovative FALKE Impulse Running

This new type of activewear helps to optimise your running style and prevent health risks and injuries. In order to do so, silicone nubs up to four millimetres high stimulate the fasciae in our connective tissue.

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2015

Introducing the new support line for women's and men's legwear.

Introducing the new support line for women's and men's legwear.