In the middle of the 20th century Elisabeth and Walter Giesswein began experimenting with techniques to turn knitwear into broadcloth, a dense material that is both highly weather-resistant and hard-wearing. Today, the Giesswein company they founded in Brixlegg exports its range of knitted and broadcloth clothing to many countries around the world.
Everything started more than 60 years ago with a relatively modest idea. In 1954, Elisabeth Giesswein began knitting pullovers and jackets; her husband, Walter, was responsible for selling her creations to local people. Business soon boomed, leading the Giessweins to start experimenting with their washing machine in order to turn their knitwear into tougher, hardwearing broadcloth. In 1958 the couple purchased their first industrial broadcloth machine. Today, the state-of-the-art machines at the Giesswein factory in Brixlegg complete 14,000 stitches a second and can transform 3.5 tonnes of knitwear into broadcloth every day. The company based in Tirol exports its knitwear and broadcloth clothing to numerous countries around the world.
Toasty warm feet
However, no facts and figures can compare with the unique feeling of the material on your skin; for example, in the form of a tailored jacket (known in Tirol as a "Janker") combining the hard-wearing properties of a modern microfibre with the traditional yet elegant Tirolean style. Other popular Giesswein products include their legendary range of slippers, even featuring a model designed for alpine huts. Wherever you plan on wearing them – be it high up in the mountains or simply in front of the TV – a pair of Giesswein slippers is guaranteed to keep your fresh, comfy and toasty warm.