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Wilhelm Rüegger opens a machine knitting
factory to manufacture Molli knitwear
in Zofingen, Switzerland.
Using the highest quality yarns they create
the Swiss shirt with its impeccable, sophisticated
finish. It is a prizewinner at the Universal
Exposition in Paris in 1889.
The delicacy and elegance of these knitted
garments attracts the most demanding
Molli continues to develop, modernise
the factory and its equipment, and
employs 200 workers.
Molli is now an essential second layer with its
fleecy knitted fabric and zero-frills designs.
However, there are different textures, types of
stitching and trims. The lines are so pure that
Molli garments have a certain avant garde
appeal and a very fashionable, Japanese feel.
The Molli brand is registered as a trademark.
The word comes from an Old German word "mollig"
which means pleasant, soft and warm.
Molli turns 50 and exports
products to every continent.
Hermann Rüegger, part of the second
generation of the family, joins the
company after having trained for
ten years in England in cutting-edge
Molli begins to specialise in infant knitwear and
invents the newborn's trousseau in garter stitch.
It includes a sleepsuit, a baby's vest and
a lined jacket with pearl buttons.
The third generation of the Rüegger family
focuses on the technical skill and expertise of Molli.
They begin filing patents, perfect their
innovative knitting techniques and
start manufacturing special yarns
from combed pure new wool.
Molli turns 100. Blending modernity and
tradition, the refinement of Molli's garments
is a sign of its timeless elegance.
Aware of the historical value of the brand and its
unique heritage, Molli confides its archives to the
Re-opening of the Parisian stores
in September 2015.
Molli enters a new era with a
womenswear range that includes
a mix of classic items and bolder designs.
Molli's models are knitted in family-owned
workshops in France and Italy.