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Foundation as plumbing firm

1845

Foundation as plumbing firm

The foundation for the success story of the Schulthess Maschinen Ag is laid under name Bauspenglerei Kaspar Schulthess.

The wearable "melon"

1849

The wearable "melon"

The first bowler hat was produced as a special order in London. It was to replace the top hat as a sturdy riding hat, since when riding, the top hat was always knocked off the head by branches.

Men's frock coat loses its pronounced waist line

1860

Men's frock coat loses its pronounced waist line

More than 150 years ago, the king of gentlemen's clothing receives an androgynies make over. The first frock coat without a pronounced waist line relaxes the then very strict dress code a little.

The bow tie is invented

1870

The bow tie is invented

Colloquially, this stylish men's accessory is known as a "fly" in German speaking countries. Until 1870, the original tie was a lot bigger and reserved for gentlemen.

Number 1

1904

Number 1

Around 60 years after the founding of the Bauspenglerei Kaspar Schulthess, the first washing machine is produced.

Patent for the Delphos robe

1909

Patent for the Delphos robe

Artist Mariano Fortuny patents the production method for the Delphos robe he created. The elegant dress is made from wafer-thin, finely pleated silk satin.

Move into a bright future

1917

Move into a bright future

Business is booming and the construction of and move into the new production facility opens the doors to continued success.

The little black dress. Enormous revolution

1926

The little black dress. Enormous revolution

Coco Channel designs the "little black dress" and already foresees its timeless relevance: "This simple dress will become a kind of uniform for all women with good taste". It is unlikely, that this simple yet seductive garment is missing from any ladies wardrobe.

Patent for the two-piece swim suit

1946

Patent for the two-piece swim suit

The first two-piece swim suits were already worn in ancient times. Hundreds of years later, the bikini is officially patented by car mechanic Louis Réard. Trademark of the classic: Cloth triangles connected by cords.

Invention: Cloth washing becomes automated

1949

Invention: Cloth washing becomes automated

Already in 1949 Schulthess invents the first punched-card control-system for washing machines and is thus the leader in automation.

Revolution in European households

1951

Revolution in European households

Less than 65 years ago Schulthess Maschinen AG produced Europe's first household washing machine. Daily washing routines are revolutionized!

Short. Shorter conquers the world of fashion!

1962

Short. Shorter conquers the world of fashion!

The "mini" is introduced for the first time in the fashion magazine "Vogue" and with that starts its success around the world. The sassy garment is seen as a statement of liberation from the conservative 50s.

Bell-bottoms - manifestation of a hippy attitude

1970

Bell-bottoms - manifestation of a hippy attitude

Sailors and carpenters are wearing them for centuries already, but as a fashion statement bell-bottoms experience the height of their popularity in the 70s. It becomes the trademark of the flower power movement.

The new one. With microprocessor.

1978

The new one. With microprocessor.

At the end of the 70s, Schulthess Maschinen Ag launches the first microchip-controlled washing machine.

Flannel accompanies the grunge look

1991

Flannel accompanies the grunge look

Grunge bands like Nirvana or Pearl Jam help the flannel shirt to cult status. As an essential component of the tramp look, the "lumberjack shirt" enjoys great popularity among music enthusiasts.

The "big ones" for home and trade

2003

The "big ones" for home and trade

Schulthess launches the Spirit XL washing machines not only for commercial applications but also for the home.

Must have: Bloomers

2011

Must have: Bloomers

Hip Hop stars like MC Hammer introduce the bloomer to the western world during the 80s and 90s. Four years ago, fashion designers ultimately elected the bloomer as a "must have".

170 Years of Schulthess

2015

170 Years of Schulthess

Fashion is not the only thing that has changed since 1845: We are proud of 170 years Schulthess and have every reason to celebrate. However, we will not celebrate by ourselves - but together with you. Let us surprise you with a variety of special events in this anniversary year. Join the celebration!

Everything dealing with laundry rooms as well as dishwashers for private customers, owners of one-family homes and condominiums.

Everything dealing with laundry rooms as well as dishwashers for real estate management, cooperative building societies, joint ventures, architects, smaller hotels, institutions, restaurants, commercial businesses and building cleaners.

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