THE COMPANY IS FOUNDED
In the midst of the chaos of World War II, 20-year old Wilhelm Leo Kaufmann of Switzerland founded the company, which has become a tradition. Working alongside his brother Karl and his sister Anneliese, Kaufmann initially only produced fine belts.
THE LOST WATCH
The company’s founder set off on a trip through Switzerland with his favourite watch packed in his bag. An unpleasant experience provided the spark for the company’s current success: while on a hike the company’s founder lost his watch due to a faulty watchstrap. The initial disappointment led to an entrepreneurial venture and the goal of developing the best watchstraps, which are still Kaufmann’s core product line to this very day.
THE FIRST WORKSHOP
Lindenstrasse in Mühlheim
After spending time in Kirchborngasse, Bahnhofstrasse and PI-Park in Mühlheim, the company moves to its first very own workshop in Mühlheim’s Lindenstrasse in 1950.
BY SHIP TO NEW YORK
Wilhelm Kaufmann travels by ship on his first trip to the United States. In New York, he wins the Norman M. Morris Corporation, the American distributor of Omega, as a customer.
THE SECOND GENERATION
FATHER & SON
THE THIRD GENERATION
The belt collection is redefined and structured as its own business division.
Leather Goods & Accessories
The “Leather Goods” business division is created for the production of fine bags, briefcases, luggage and accessories.