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Trouser couture that spans generations

HILTL has been producing nothing but trousers since 1955. And it does so with a love of craftsmanship, innovation, and tireless creativity. The greatest and, at the same time, most beautiful challenges are the high demands of our customers. We meet them with the quality, authenticity, individuality and functionality of our various trouser models. So that every customer who buys a pair of HILTL trousers can call them their own. Perfect fit. Perfect in every little detail. 

"We never wanted to sell the most trousers but the best." – Fritz Hiltl (1917 – 1994) The company has stayed true to this motto of company founder Fritz Hiltl ever since its inception.

Our values … are yesterday’s. FOR TODAY & TOMORROW.

Values can be communicated through the high quality of products. That's exactly why HILTL bridges the gap between old and new, between tradition and innovation. By combining natural and technologically advanced materials, we bring timeless trouser classics into the fashionable present. In doing so, we can rely on our traditional awareness of fashion and quality. 

  • Quality

    ... is our investment in the future.

  • Authenticity

    ... is our commitment to true values.

  • Individuality

    ... is our highest form of appreciation.

  • Functionality

    ... is our promise.

Three stories, one pair of trousers.

Our history

1955
1955

Foundation of the trouser company

Without any capital, but with a lot of expertise, heart, courage and passion, master tailor Fritz Hiltl founded his trouser company in Sulzbach-Rosenberg in 1955 – together with his wife Hedwig and with the active support of his brother Erhard and six apprentices. His goal: to offer trousers made to measure. At that time, only 20 pairs of trousers per day were produced.

Without any capital, but with a lot of expertise, heart, courage and passion, master tailor Fritz Hiltl founded his trouser company in Sulzbach-Rosenberg in 1955 – together with his wife Hedwig and with the active support of his brother Erhard and six apprentices. His goal: to offer trousers made to measure. At that time, only 20 pairs of trousers per day were produced.

1958
1958

Exhibition of the first trousers collection

Fritz Hiltl presented his first collection at Cologne Men's Fashion Week – and impressed the trade professionals with the outstanding quality of his trousers. HILTL trousers soon established themselves on the market, being considered the epitome of high quality. 

Fritz Hiltl presented his first collection at Cologne Men's Fashion Week – and impressed the trade professionals with the outstanding quality of his trousers. HILTL trousers soon established themselves on the market, being considered the epitome of high quality. 

1968
1968

Opening of the manufacturing building

In order to meet the constantly growing demand, Fritz Hiltl decided to build a new factory: On 18 October 1968, he opened the most modern factory building in the region – in Asamstraße in Sulzbach-Rosenberg. 

In order to meet the constantly growing demand, Fritz Hiltl decided to build a new factory: On 18 October 1968, he opened the most modern factory building in the region – in Asamstraße in Sulzbach-Rosenberg. 

1980
1980

International growth

In 1980, HILTL already employed 370 people, who produced 2,000 pairs of trousers every day. They were sold in Germany, Holland, Belgium, England, France, Austria and Switzerland. With the opening of the borders in 1989 and a general economic upswing, the demand for HILTL trousers continued to grow throughout Germany and all across Europe. 

In 1980, HILTL already employed 370 people, who produced 2,000 pairs of trousers every day. They were sold in Germany, Holland, Belgium, England, France, Austria and Switzerland. With the opening of the borders in 1989 and a general economic upswing, the demand for HILTL trousers continued to grow throughout Germany and all across Europe. 

1994
1994

Company manager Hedwig Hiltl

After the death of her husband, Hedwig Hiltl took over the management of the trouser company.

After the death of her husband, Hedwig Hiltl took over the management of the trouser company.

2000
2000

Foray into the American market

At the start of the new millennium, HILTL successfully entered the American market: "The ultimate pair of trousers was born."

At the start of the new millennium, HILTL successfully entered the American market: "The ultimate pair of trousers was born."

2005
2005

50 years of HILTL

We don't want to be the biggest but the best: By consistently following Fritz Hiltl's philosophy, the company celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2005. HILTL trousers are now worn all over the world – for business and leisure. 

We don't want to be the biggest but the best: By consistently following Fritz Hiltl's philosophy, the company celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2005. HILTL trousers are now worn all over the world – for business and leisure. 

2015
2015

60 years of HILTL

The traditional Bavarian, yet internationally successful company had finally established itself as a premium brand for the quality-conscious, design-loving and trend-savvy man. HILTL celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2015. At that point, over half a million pairs of trousers were being shipped to more than 40 countries around the world every year. 

The traditional Bavarian, yet internationally successful company had finally established itself as a premium brand for the quality-conscious, design-loving and trend-savvy man. HILTL celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2015. At that point, over half a million pairs of trousers were being shipped to more than 40 countries around the world every year. 

2016
2016

Nord Holding

Nord Holding acquired the trouser specialist HILTL. The goal-oriented ideas of the new company management were in line with the value framework and identity of the traditional HILTL brand. 

Nord Holding acquired the trouser specialist HILTL. The goal-oriented ideas of the new company management were in line with the value framework and identity of the traditional HILTL brand. 

2019
2019

Launch of the online shop

Since 1955, HILTL has been offering exclusive trouser couture that preserves tradition yet focuses on innovation. So the foray into the online world in 2019 was an inevitable next step. The aim of introducing a webshop was to be present both online and offline – and to harmoniously unite these two previously separate sales worlds. 

Since 1955, HILTL has been offering exclusive trouser couture that preserves tradition yet focuses on innovation. So the foray into the online world in 2019 was an inevitable next step. The aim of introducing a webshop was to be present both online and offline – and to harmoniously unite these two previously separate sales worlds. 

2020
2020

Change of name

As if the Corona pandemic wasn’t challenging enough, the majority shareholder Nord Holding unexpectedly withdrew its financing commitments at the end of June. What followed was insolvency in self-administration – and the search for a new owner, which was quickly found in Lorea AG. This resulted in the renaming of Fritz Hiltl Hosenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG to HILTL Hosen-Manufaktur GmbH.

As if the Corona pandemic wasn’t challenging enough, the majority shareholder Nord Holding unexpectedly withdrew its financing commitments at the end of June. What followed was insolvency in self-administration – and the search for a new owner, which was quickly found in Lorea AG. This resulted in the renaming of Fritz Hiltl Hosenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG to HILTL Hosen-Manufaktur GmbH.

2021
2021

Reorientation – with passion & reason

In 2021, HILTL set sail for a promising future – with bank-independent financing from the Swiss investment company Lorea AG, Managing Director Gerhard Kränzle, and a set of comprehensive measures. The focus is now on brand and product development, with a return to important corporate principles. The newly opened HILTL Atelier in Sulzberg-Rosenbach, in particular, reflects the craftsmanship concept. And the first-ever online image campaign highlights and amplifies the effects of this fresh start.  

In 2021, HILTL set sail for a promising future – with bank-independent financing from the Swiss investment company Lorea AG, Managing Director Gerhard Kränzle, and a set of comprehensive measures. The focus is now on brand and product development, with a return to important corporate principles. The newly opened HILTL Atelier in Sulzberg-Rosenbach, in particular, reflects the craftsmanship concept. And the first-ever online image campaign highlights and amplifies the effects of this fresh start.  

Our responsibility

Sustainability at HILTL

In addition to our high quality standards, production aspects also reflect our commitment to sustainability: 90 per cent of the raw materials for our trousers already come from Europe. 90 per cent of our production takes place in the EU. In addition, we are setting an example in terms of responsible value creation with the following initiatives.

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Supima® cotton

"World's finest cotton." That's what Supima stands for. The US non-profit organisation operates sustainably by nature. Supima is a rare and high-quality natural fibre made from a type of cotton that has been grown by about 500 family farms for multiple generations. This allows the organisation to certify the cotton throughout the entire supply chain – which means complete transparency based on forensic scientific analyses. That’s what impressed us at HILTL.

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Better Cotton Initiative

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is a globally active non-profit organisation and, at the same time, the world’s largest sustainability programme for cotton. BCI exists to improve global cotton production – for the benefit of the people who produce the raw material. It also benefits the environment that allows cotton to grow. And last but not least, it works in favour of the sustainability of the industry. We think: BCI is a programme worth supporting.

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STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®

Harmless to health? Trousers by HILTL are certified! A strict and globally standardised catalogue of criteria, independent testing institutes, and the possibility to carry out a validity check at any time: All this makes STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® one of the best-known labels for textiles tested for harmful substances.

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Global Recycled Standard

The Global Recycled Standard (GRS) is one of a series of international and voluntary standards that define certain requirements for third-party certification. The aim of the GRS is to promote the use of recycled materials – a cause that we are happy to support. In addition, the GRS contains criteria for socially and environmentally responsible processing as well as chemical restrictions.

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Responsible Wool Standard

The Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) is a voluntary standard as well. It aims in particular at the welfare of sheep and the protection of the land on which they live. The RWS is intended to serve as a valuable tool for the industry by making best practices from farmers accessible worldwide. The standard also contributes to responsible and sustainable value creation

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Our weavers

Transparency, performance and economic thinking are principles that characterise our close and long-term partnerships. We are proud to have worked with some of the most exclusive European companies for many years:

Our craft – the HILTL Atelier

New collection

Careers at HILTL

Since 1955, HILTL has been passionately setting new standards for men's trousers. Quality, authenticity, individuality, and functionality: Do you recognise yourself in these values and would like to join us in writing the next chapter in the company's history? We look forward to receiving your application!