Small company dresses men for big appearance in style
Published 12 Feb 2022
Fashionable accessories to go with your suit - that's what you get at Van den Bosch in Zwickau. They are tailored with fabrics from Germany.
Zwickau. Vests sewn by Van den Bosch in Zwickau are now available from bridal outfitter Uwe Herrmann. The Dresden native, who became known through the Vox docu-soap "Between Tulle and Tears," had visited the company's head Kerstin van den Bosch quite spontaneously. "I was in Dresden on business and thought you'd stop by." Now the Zwickau-based company has one more customer who appreciates the high quality of the men's vests. For David van Laak, the company has already been producing since 2015. "The vests are excellent in terms of workmanship. The delivery is reliable and they are sewn in Saxony," says David van Laak, who has a store for men's outfits in Leipzig.
At Kerstin van den Bosch men can find the right suit and accessories. The fitting in the specialty store takes place in front of the oversized granny mirror and usually with an appointment. Photo: Mario Dudacy
With ties, company founder Harald van den Bosch launched the company in Mülsen in 1991. Since 1993, the current owner Kerstin van den Bosch has been part of the family business. From Brückenberg in Zwickau, the company moved to Pölbitzer Straße 12. "We remodeled the former carpentry shop to suit our needs. Friends helped us with the move and the expansion. We did almost everything ourselves," says the boss.
Ties are still sewn at Van den Bosch. But the assortment has grown a lot. An own vest collection is distributed in Germany and as far as Austria. In addition, there are various accessories for men such as tie scarves, cummerbunds, pocket squares, bow ties and bow ties. "We also do contract manufacturing for various companies. In March, we also want to get into customized clothing," says Kerstin van den Bosch.
In the listed brick building, men of all ages and statures can dress for festive occasions or for business. Classic or extravagant - it's a question of individual taste. Of course, the suits are also customized on site. The customer can choose how the "accessories" should look in the company's own fabric store. Kerstin van den Bosch attaches great importance to the fact that all the fabrics processed by the six female employees are woven in Germany. Sewing thread or rubber for production also come from the region.
The customers who buy from the specialty store in Zwickau-Pölbitz are as individual as the suits. "Young men pick out a first suit for the youth dedication ceremony or for the high school prom. The groom comes to the store, often accompanied by the best man, and wants to be fashionably dressed for the big day." Customers also include ensembles and choirs that get vests made. "We then sew these for the women as well." The Leipzig Thomanerchor or the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra have already been fitted out with them by the Zwickauer.
Kerstin van den Bosch hopes that after the tough two years of the pandemic, more lightness will finally return to everyday life. "People need encounters, nice experiences, conviviality," says the 49-year-old. And being stylishly dressed for these occasions is what the Zwickauers make possible.
Monika Hebisch cutting vests. Together with five other women, she also makes bows, ties and other accessories. Photo: Mario Dudac
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(Newspaper article from 02/12/2022, Source: Freie Presse)