|Wolford Vegas Body Stocking circa 1969|
"The two Wolford pioneers were extraordinary characters:
The industrialist Reinhold Wolff from Vorarlberg and the retail businessman Walter Palmers from Vienna.
In 1949, they founded the company Wolff & Co. KG in Bregenz am Bodensee. With their own dye works and moulding shop, they also took up the manufacture of nylon stockings in the same year that nylon made its entrance in Europe. A year later – 1950 – the Wolford brand was registered for the first time as a protected trademark.
After further expansion in 1953, the first double nylon stockings were brought onto the market and, in the following years, production rapidly developed through the acquisition of circular knitting machines. To this day, Wolford works with circular knitting machines which make it possible to provide a seamless product.
In 1964, the company started to produce women’s outerwear whereby it predominantly manufactured pullovers in this area. The creation of the Schoppernau production branch followed in the same year and today this is a retail outlet. Three years later, the five-storied building was erected in Bregenz.
In 1988, the internationalisation of Wolford achieved a trendsetting dynamic. The crucial factor for this was the company’s reorganisation to become the ‘Wolford AG’ corporation.
On 14th February 1995 (Valentine’s Day), Wolford simultaneously went onto the stock market with LADY AKTIE in Vienna and Paris.
Today Wolford specialises in the luxury market as an operative and active company in the manufacture and distribution of qualitative, high-class fashion in leg and body wear, primarily stockings, tights, bodysuits, swimwear and underwear. Wolford AG has 14 international subsidiaries and distributes their branded goods in around 65 countries to single-brand boutiques and trading partners.
Last year they had several seasonal co-operations in co-branding with well-known international designers such as Jean Paul Gautier, Philipp Starck, Vivienne Westwood, Karl Lagerfeld and Emilio Pucci."
|Wolford Bahamas Body 2011|