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History of the FALKE Group


1895 - The founding year

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


1902 - FALKE: the second generation

His eldest son Franz Jnr., a trained umbrella maker, takes over the management of the small knitting mill and guides it successfully through the turmoil of the First World War.


1918 - FALKE yarns

Franz Falke-Rohen and his son purchase “Woll- und Haargarnspinnerei Carl Meisenburg“, a wool and hair yarn spinning mill based in Schmallenberg, now known as FALKE Garne (FALKE yarns), thereby laying the foundation for the development of today’s FALKE Group.


1920 - Establishment of the company's headquarters

A new factory is built in Schmallenberg, equipped with new sock manufacturing machines and the first telephone system. This same location still functions as the company’s headquarters today.


1928 - FALKE on the way to expansion

Franz Falke Senior’s handicraft business established in 1895 has turned into a successful industrial enterprise with approximately 800 employees. Franz Falke Senior dies, leaving behind a considerable lifetime achievement.


1939 - FALKE Fashion

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


1946 – 1950 - FALKE trademark

The “FALKE” trademark is designed in 1946 and used for the first time in the legwear segment. In 1950, the word and design mark is registered as a trademark.


1951 - FALKE: the third generation

Sons Paul and Franz-Otto Falke take over the business after the death of their father Franz Falke Jnr. Their main aims include strategic brand marketing for all product ranges and the expansion of the export trade. In the ensuing decades, sales offices and production plants are established in Europe and abroad.


1958 - FALKE fine hosiery

Acquisition of the fine hosiery manufactory Uhli, founded in 1948. Uhli knitted the first nylon stockings and manufactured the first tights on a cotton machine. Falke thereby exploited the fine hosiery market in addition to the knitted socks market.


1960s/1970s  - FALKE women’s knitwear.

FALKE continues to establish a very good reputation in legwear as well as in women’s knitwear. In 1985, however, the women’s range is discontinued in order to concentrate more fully on menswear.


1974 - International production sites

In parallel to the concentration of production at the parent plants in Schmallenberg and Lippstadt, international FALKE production companies begin to be established in South Africa, Portugal, Austria and Hungary.


1976 - Marketing Award

The Managing Partners Paul and Franz-Otto Falke receive the German Marketing Award.


1980s - Strong licensing partners

FALKE enters into several license agreements and works together with international designers, such as Armani (jersey collection up until 1984). As a licensed partner of Boss, Kenzo and JOOP!, FALKE develops, produces and distributes knitted legwear and fine hosiery, as well as knitwear lines to some extent.


1990 - FALKE: the fourth generation

Paul Falke Snr. dies at the age of seventy. The two cousins Franz-Peter Falke and Paul Falke take over the management of the FALKE Group.


1994 - Environmental Award

FALKE Garne receives the German environmental protection award in the category “Environmentally-friendly Products” from BDI (Federation of the German Industry). The prize is awarded for the development of “Clima Wool”, an insulating material made of sheep’s wool.


1997 - Leinefelder Textilwerke

Takeover of Leinefelder Textilwerke GmbH (LTW), based in Leinefelde/Thuringia, on 1 July 1997. With this addition to the FALKE Group, the company not only ensures its own supply with top quality specialised yarns, but also strengthens LTW’s position as an expert in the development of specialised, innovative yarns for the textile and clothing industry.


1998 - Shop-in-shop systems and flagship stores

Shop-in-shop systems are established in many countries in collaboration with the retail industry. Moreover, FALKE opens its own flagship stores at top locations in the fashion capitals Berlin and Vienna.


1999 - FALKE KG

The FALKE hosiery manufactory in Lippstadt and Franz Falke-Rohen socks factory are merged under the FALKE KG umbrella brand and from then on operate as one clothing enterprise.


2005 - Full-range supplier of sportswear

FALKE successfully enters the sportswear market as a full-range supplier of functional sportswear. As a supplement to the existing range of sports socks, basics and second layers, FALKE Ergonomic Sport System offers a comprehensive and complementary product portfolio.


2007 - Federal Republic of Germany Design Award

As the only textile company, FALKE receives this award for its highly innovative Sports Pullover for Active Sports on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Economics.


2008 - Acquisition of the Burlington trademark rights

With effect from 1 April, the FALKE Group purchases the Burlington brand. With this strategic decision, FALKE acquires the right to manufacture and distribute clothing, leather goods and jewellery in the most important global markets. Burlington will remain as an independent brand within the FALKE Group.


2011 - Flagship store in Ascona

In Ascona (Switzerland), the FALKE Group opens a further top location flagship store that represents the company’s brand identity.


2012 - Opening of the production site in Serbia

The new factory in Lesikovac starts production of knitted legwear and fine hosiery for the global fashion market.