Based in the town of Imst, Gottstein has brought the traditional materials of broadcloth and felt into the 21st century. Its three brands – Kitz-Pichler, Stegmann and Magicfelt – are today internationally renowned for their design and quality.
For many millennia, humans have drawn inspiration from nature and the animal world in particular when it comes to protecting themselves against the climatic challenges of the tough alpine winter. Before modern materials were invented capable of keeping warmth in, the weather out and transporting sweat away from the skin, animal skins performed many of these functions.
High-tech from nature
Based in the town of Imst, Gottstein has brought the traditional materials of broadcloth and felt into the 21st century and developed an excellent international reputation. It produces clothing from pure natural sheep's wool sold under three brand names: Kitz-Pichler, Stegmann and Magicfelt. Broadcloth is a dense, hard-wearing material which is both weather-resistant and at the same time able to regulate heat transfer away from the body. Felt, on the other hand, is made by matting, condensing and pressing fibres together to produce materials of varying thickness and density used for everything from traditional outfits to haute couture.
Besides such technical details and differentiations, there is nothing quite like the feeling of slipping into a pair of ankle-high felt slippers or pulling on a tailored broadcloth jacket made using the finest materials Gottstein has to offer.