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The Wolford AG, with its headquarter in Bregenz at Lake Constance in Austria, is a manufacturer of textiles of the top price segment focusing on tights, bodysuits and underwear, as well as women's clothing and accessories.

Wolford AG
Number of locations
approx. 60 countries, 270 stores[1]
Key people
Axel Dreher (COO/CFO, Member of the Managing Board), Ashish Sensarma (CEO, Member of the Managing Board)
ProductsHosiery, bras, panties, and lingerie
Production output
Europe (Austria and Slovenia)
€137,22 million (2018/19)[2]
Number of employees
approx. 1,347 (FTE) [3]

The Wolford AG has 16 subsidiaries and markets its products in approx. 60 countries through more than 260 own and partner-operated retail-stores, 3,000 trading partners and 17 online stores.[4] Listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange since 1995, in the fiscal year 2018/19 (May 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019) the company generated revenues of 137.22 million euros.[5] Wolford has approximately 1,347 employees (FTE).[6]

The company is well known for its seamless products such as tights, but also for its co-operations with photographers such as Helmut Newton,[7] Howard Schatz, Ellen von Unwerth[8], Jean Baptiste Mondino and Rankin.[9] For its collections, Wolford has co-operated with designers such as Karl Lagerfeld and Vivienne Westwood.



In 1949 in Bregenz on Lake Constance (Austria), a city with a genuine textile heritage, the industrialist Reinhold Wolff from Vorarlberg (Austria) and the retail entrepreneur Walter Palmers (*1903, †1983) from Vienna founded a company called Wolff & Co. KG, focussing on the production of women's stockings made from real and artificial silk. They customized used American Cotton machines specifically for their own purposes, and for the first time processed polyamide fiber into stockings. The following year, the Wolford brand was officially registered. The brand name is an acronym of the name of the founder Reinhold Wolff and the city of Oxford. It should be internationally applicable. The international expansion began in the 1970s. In 1988, the company carried out a strategic refocusing and positioned its products in the luxury segment, which continues to today and is still being expanded. In addition to that, in April 1988, the company was transformed into a stock corporation. On February 14, 1995 Wolford went public with the so-called "Lady Share" in Vienna and Paris. The company made its mark over the years mainly due to its new seamless products, e.g. tights and bodysuits, as well as collaborations with designers such as Karl Lagerfeld, Emilio Pucci, Zac Posen, Kenzo, Valentino and Vivienne Westwood. Further, co-operations with photographers such as Helmut Newton, Ellen von Unwerth[10] and Mario Testino contributed to the brand awareness.


The Executive Board of the Wolford AG consists of Axel Dreher (CEO) and Brigitte Kurz (CFO).[11] On 31 July 2015, Thomas Melzer, who had been CFO for three years, left the Wolford AG at his own request. His responsibilities were taken over by the boards members Dreher and Sensarma.[12] As of July 31, 2017, Ashish Senarma resigned from his position as CEO. Axel Dreher, former Deputy Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Financial Officer, succeeded him. Brigitte Kurz, former Director of the Finance Department, took over the responsibilities from Axel Dreher as CFO following her new appointment. She is also in charge of Wolford's Human Resources, IT, Legal Affairs and Investor Relations.[13]

Fosun Industrial Holdings Limited has been the new majority shareholder in Wolford AG since May 4, 2018 and holds around 58% of the company’s share capital.[14]

Products and fabricationEdit

Wolford produces tights and stockings for women and men, underwear for women, women's clothing such as skirts, tops, shirts, pullovers etc., as well as accessories. All products are manufactured in Europe (Austria and Slovenia). Since March 2015, Wolford is a partner of Bluesign Technologies, a global network working for more sustainable production processes and more transparency in the fabrication of textiles.[15][16]

In September 2018, Wolford launched the frst biodegradable pullovers, T-shirts, and leggings onto the market. Developed within the Austrian “Smart Textiles” industry initiative, these products are fully compostable. In April 2019, the company received the “Cradleto Cradle Certifed™ (Gold)” award for developing technically regenerative (i.e. fully recyclable) products. It will be presenting the frst corresponding legwear products in 2020. Wolford is the frst and so far the only company inthe apparel and textile industry to receive “Gold” certifcation from “Cradle to Cradle” for developing environmentally compatible products in both categories (“biodegradable” and “technically recyclable”).[17]


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  5. ^ "Annual Report 2018/19" (PDF). Wolford AG. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
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  7. ^ "Tights up in lights: The gloves are on as new tights take off". The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney, Australia). 22 September 1996.
  8. ^ . Wolford AG Retrieved 21 August 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ "About Wolford".
  10. ^ "Wolford AG – FACTS & FIGURES".
  11. ^ "EANS-Adhoc: Wolford AG: Management Board Contracts Extended for Three Years". Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  12. ^ "Textilzeitung:Thomas Melzer verlässt Wolford". Textilzeitung.
  13. ^ "Wolford CEO to step down from role following Management shake-up". Retrieved 21 August 2019. External link in |website= (help)
  14. ^ "Annual Report 2018/19" (PDF). Wolford AG. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  15. ^ ag, bluesign systems. "bluesign® system".
  16. ^ "Wolford is now a bluesign® system partner - MG Premium". 14 May 2015.
  17. ^ "For a world beyond next season: Wolford focuses on biodegradable and recyclable garments". External link in |website= (help)

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