What could be more authentically traditional than a pair of Lederhosen? Markus Ritsch's boutique "Der Kleidermacher" in the charming town of St. Johann uses chamois leather to create some of the finest Lederhosen in Tirol.
Once considered old and stuffy, Lederhosen have experienced a boom in recent years. Some of the finest come from "Der Kleidermacher", a small boutique in St. Johann run by Markus Ritsch. This most traditional of alpine menswear is not only stylish but also incredibly hard-wearing, meaning that many Lederhosen are passed down through the generations from father to son.
Tradition meets technology
Der Kleidermacher stocks a comprehensive range of menswear and womenswear by well-known brands such as Lodenfrey, Steinbock and Wenger, but it is without a doubt best known for its own range of hand-made Lederhosen. Styles range from the traditional short Lederhosen to the longer legged version covering the knee. One thing they all have in common is fine craftsmanship and exceptional attention to detail. Lederhosen have been a key part of traditional alpine dress for many centuries and are today still often worn by Austrians on festive occasions. Over the years the suede becomes worn, giving old Lederhosen the shiny and supple appearance commonly associated with these short leather trousers. Many hand-crafted Lederhosen have wonderfully intricate stitching.
At "Der Kleidermacher", tradition has moved with the times. The shop now offers a 3D configurator which allows potential customers to custom design their Lederhosen right down to the smallest detail, from the colour and length of the Lederhosen to the type of stitching, the colour of the buttons and countless other options.