Hugo Boss Logo – Hugo Boss is a menswear designer house, founded in 1923 in Metzingen, near Stuttgart, Germany by German Hugo Boss Ferdinand. Hugo Boss started his clothing company in 1924 in Metzingen, a small town south of Stuttgart, which is still based. However, due to economic depression in Germany, Boss was forced to declare bankruptcy. In 1931 came to an agreement with its creditors, and left with six sewing machines to start again. The same year, he became a member of the Nazi Party and member sponsor (“Förderndes Mitglied”) of the Schutzstaffel. He later said he had joined the party because of its promise to end unemployment.
He joined the German Labor Front in 1936, the Reich Air Protection Association in 1939, the National Popular Assembly of the Socialist welfare in 1941. Its sales rose from 38,260 RM in 1932 to more than 3,300,000 RM in 1941, while profit rose in the same period of 5000 to RM 241,000 RM. Although said in an advertisement for 1934/1935 had been a “provider of Nazi uniforms since 1924″, supplies are likely from 1928/1929 and certainly since 1934, when he became a licensed Reichszeugmeisterei (official) uniform suppliers to the Sturmabteilung Schutzstaffel, Hitler Youth, the National Socialist Motor Corps and other organizations of the party. To meet the demand in recent years of the war, Boss uses 30 to 40 prisoners of war and forced some 150 workers from the Baltic States, Belgium, France, Italy, Austria, Poland, Czechoslovakia and the former Soviet Union.
According to German historian Henning Kober, the directors of the company were “avowed Nazi,” “the Boss were great admirers of Adolf Hitler” and Hugo Boss in 1945 had in his apartment a picture of himself with Hitler taken in the last withdrawal east to Obersalzberg. Denazification trial in 1946 on the basis of his early party membership, financial support to the SS and Nazi party uniform delivered even before 1933, Boss is considered an “activist” and a “defender and beneficiary National Socialism.” He was stripped of its voting rights, their ability to run a business and a fine of “a very strong sanction” of 100,000 frames. He died in 1948, but his business survived.
In 1997, the company appeared on a list of dormant accounts in Switzerland, which led to the publication of articles highlighting the involvement of Hugo Boss with the Nazis. In 1999, U.S. attorneys filed lawsuits in New Jersey, on behalf of the survivors or their families, by the use of forced labor during the war. The company did not comment on these claims, but reiterated an earlier statement that it would “turn a blind eye to the past, but rather address the issues openly and frankly.” Research sponsored by the German historian Elisabeth Timm.
However, after Timm told reporters the results, the company refused to publish them. In December 1999 an agreement was reached between the German government and U.S. lawyers group, Jewish groups and the U.S. government to establish a fund of U.S. $ 5.1 billion, funded equally by German industry and the German government to compensate slave laborers used by the Germans in World War II. Hugo Boss agreed to participate in this fund, an amount that was estimated by some sources as “of € 752 000″ while others felt that the company “finally paid an absolute minimum in the compensation fund.”
In 1993 Hugo Boss Baldessarini created as a luxury brand for men high, now also has two fragrances under the brand. The company also decided to experiment with women’s clothing, and in 2000, presented the first collection of Boss Woman in the Palazzo del Senato in Milan. In early 2002, Boss moved his division to women of Milan back to Metzingen. The major markets of the mark are U.S., Germany, United Kingdom and France and currently (2004) is controlled by the group Italian Marzotto SpA. In the third quarter of 1933, Hugo Boss designed the Nazi army uniforms Schutzstaffel.