Hugo Boss made uniforms for the Nazis

Hugo Boss original black Allgemeine SS-jacket

Hugo Boss original black Allgemeine SS-jacket

The popular german fashionhouse Hugo Boss has footprints in a dark time of our modern history that probably not many of the clothe’s proud owners know about. Learn about the Hugo Boss nazi-involvement.

  • In 1997, a spokeswoman fron Hugo Boss told the press that they had became aware of connections between the company’s founder Hugo Ferdinand Boss and the german nazi regime.
  • Hugo Boss began as a familiy-run business in Germany 1923 which manufactured police and postal uniforms.
  • Hugo Ferdinand Boss joined the Nazi Party in 1931 and circa two years later, somewhere between 1932-33 his company began manufacturing uniforms for the nazis.
Hugo Boss current logotype

Hugo Boss current logotype

  • Hugo Boss company produced the new black unfiroms worn by SS (SchutzStaffel) units, brown shirts worn by SA (Sturmabteilung) storm troopers and also the black- and brown unfiroms for the Hitler youth.
  • Hugo Boss continued to manufacture unfiforms for the nazis throughout the Second World War.
  • According to the Austrian news magazine “Profil”, the company brought forced laborers from Poland and France to its factory to increase their output in the later years.

Sources and further reading:

The New York Times-article from 1997

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