1955 Foundation of the trousers factory
Without funds but with much know-how, courage, commitment and energy the men’s tailor Fritz Hiltl founded his trousers factory together with his wife Hedwig in the year 1955 in Sulzbach-Rosenberg. The goal is to offer trousers like tailor-made. At this time only 20 trousers per day are being produced.
1958 The exhibition of the first collection
Fritz Hiltl exhibits his first trousers collection at the fair in Cologne and impresses the audience by its exceptional quality. Thus, HILTL trousers have been established as the embodiment of high quality in the market.
1968 Opening of the factory building
Being able to satisfy the continuous increase of demand Fritz Hiltl decides in 1968 to build a new factory: On the 18th of October 1968 the most modern factory building of the region was opened in the Asamstrasse in Sulzbach-Rosenberg.
In the year 1980 HILTL employs a workforce of 370 people who produces 2,000 trousers per day. These trousers are being sold in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, England, France, Austria and Switzerland.
1994 Hedwig Hiltl
After the death of her husband Hedwig Hiltl takes over the management of HILTL.
2000 American market
With the start of the new millennium HILTL conquers successfully the American market. “The ultimate pair of trousers was born.”
2004 Award: HILTL has best sales ratio
According to an opinion poll in the textile magazine “markt intern” HILTL is the men trousers manufacturer with the best sales ratio due to the balanced price-performance ratio.
2005 50 years of HILTL
Traditional Bavarian company with international success. Due to the consequent focusing of Fritz Hiltl not to be the biggest but the best the company celebrates its 50th anniversary in the year 2005. By now, HILTL trousers are being worn world-wide by men for business occasions and leisure time.
2008 Award: Company of the month
The “Regional marketing of Upper Palatinate” votes HILTL company of the month due to the consistent high quality.
2010 Chinese market
In the year 2010 HILTL begins to sell exclusive men trousers to China.
2012 Award: TOP BRAND men trousers 2012
HILTL is voted winner in the category trousers competence (dress | business pants) by the prestigious trade journal “TextilWirtschaft”.
2014 Markus Schock
Hedwig Hiltl appoints Markus Schock to General Manager of HILTL being in charge of the company together with the two Managing Directors Martin Merkl (quality management, production, personnel) and Jörg Weickart (purchasing, distribution, marketing).
2015 60 years of HILTL
The Premium Brand for the trendy, design-and-quality-aware man. This year HILTL celebrates its 60th anniversary. Today HILTL delivers more than half a million exquisite trousers per year to more than 40 countries. By the smart combination of highest quality and perfect fit with creative details as well as completely new fabrics and styles not only the fashion enthusiasts but also business men are dressed well by HILTL.
2016 NORD Holding & Andreas Wölfer
Since 1969 NORD Holding has successfully and sustainably invested in medium-sized fast growing companies and has now acquired the specialist in men’s trousers HILTL with Andreas Wölfer (former Manager of Liebeskind) becoming Managing Director. The target-oriented ideas of the new management are in accordance with the values and identity of the traditional HILTL brand. Highest quality standards and great customer service continue to being the priority for the company’s management. By various innovations additional growth shall be generated.
2017 Winning style
HILTL is TOP brand in Men’s Premium Sector. HILTL wins a place amongst the top brands in the German textile industry survey PREMIUM MEN 2017. The study by the largest German textile media publication TextilWirtschaft asked top purchasing and branch managers about the 32 most important men's premium brands. HILTL trousers achieved the highest ratings in the survey within the sectors Goods Performance and Delivery Performance.