KBC Fashion in Lörrach, Germany

KBC Fashion in Paris, France

Responsible Office Paris:
Veronique Cohen

KBC - History

KBC - Creative and innovative since 1753

1753 (official founding year):
With the financial support of Peter Merian from Basel, Johann Friedrich Küpfer acquired the company in Lörrach, Germany leading it to prosperity.

After four years of shutdown, the brothers Merian from Basel and the entrepreneur Koechlin from Mulhouse buy the indienne printing plant. They start the production under the name “Großherzogliche Badische Zitz- und Cotton-Fabrik”. The Koechlins keep the company a family property until 1917.

The brothers Merian leave the company. “Nicolas Koechlin & Gebrüder” whose headquarters are established in Mulhouse, France.

The German-French company is divided into three independent parts. Peter and Eduard Koechlin managed the company based in Lörrach.

The indienne printing plant is now called “Peter Koechlin & Söhne”.

Chemist and businessman Léon Baumgartner joins the company as next managing director.

The company changes its name from “Peter Koechlin & Söhne” to “Koechlin, Baumgartner & Cie.”, registered as limited partnership.

1876 – 1892:
As chief-chemist Horace Koechlin propels the company to the top of the international printing plants focusing on the key elements of design originality and quality fabrics.

The private enterprise is transformed into the “Koechlin, Baumgartner & Cie. Plc.”. However, KBC still remains the property of the Koechlin family. The company name is still used today only the legal form has changed from Plc. to Ltd.




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Years of History

20th century - Decades of reconstruction

The German Reich Chancellor enacts a regulation against French capital holdings; as a result KBC is expropriated from the family Koechlin and becomes German.

During and after the two world wars, KBC continued production without any considerable interruptions.

On the occasion of the 175th company anniversary large festivities take place. The shares are transferred from the German “Blumenstein-Konzern”, to the French industrial group “Lederlin-Thaon” which, under the name “Gillet-Thaon-Konzern” and together with “Dolfuss-Mieg & Cie.” (DMC) establish the “Texunion” in 1935.

During and after the two world wars, KBC continued production without any considerable interruptions.

On the 200th company anniversary, Federal President Theodor Heuss visits the company headquarters and Chancellor Ludwig Erhard comes to see the KBC booth at a textile exhibition in Frankfurt.

1949 – 1960:
KBC becomes the leading textile printing plant in Europe during the post-war decades. While maintaining the domestic business, the company expands its export market.

1935 – 1965:
The Swiss chemist and colourist Hans Stössel manages KBC successfully. During the Third Reich the production of KBC is ranked as not war-important and from 1938 the “Reichskommissar for the treatment of hostile assets” governs the company.

20th/21th century - "Dress for success"

Hans Unterseh takes over the management as chairman and leads KBC to its position as an international operating firm expanding KBC’s earnings to reach the billions in the 1990’s.

Hans Unterseh retires from the management.

1992 – 1998:
Since the 70’s KBC belongs exclusively to DMC. It incorporates changes in management and strategies.

The group “Daun & Cie. Plc.” buys KBC, which is threatened by bankruptcy; Hans Unterseh returns to KBC as chairman of the supervisory board until August 2006.

On August 30th KBC celebrates its 250th anniversary. The company ranks as one of the oldest and richest in tradition in Europe.

During the worldwide financial crisis, KBC proves to be a stable traditional company within the international original design and manufacturing industry with its slogan “Creativity for you.”

A representative exhibition museum was opened highlighting the most valuable and historically important archives of KBC’s inventory.

KBC Fashion GmbH was acquired by the Wise Imprima Group in 2014. 


In the spring of 2018 the buildings, including the land, were sold to the company Immobilien-Pool Wiesental GmbH. Production was largely relocated to Italy. The sample production, the sales department as well as the creation remain at the Lörrach location for the time being.

Imprima S.p.A. has achieved an important milestone in the development of its organisation: the adoption of the Organisation, Management and Control Model pursuant to Legislative Decree 231/01 (hereinafter referred to as Model 231) and a Code of Ethics.

In order to adapt the control system to the requirements expressed by legislative decree 231/2001, a special project was launched, aimed at creating a risk prevention and management system inspired both by the provisions of legislative decree 231/2001 and by the principles that we root in our governance culture. The project was concluded with the adoption of Model 231 and the Code of Ethics by the Board of Directors, which entrusted a Supervisory Board with the task of verifying its operation.

The Supervisory Board is composed of Mr. Ermelindo Lungaro.

The Code of Ethics adopted defines with clarity and transparency the set of values that inspire us and has been prepared to establish clear rules of conduct for the performance of our professional activities. In particular, the Code offers each of us a behavioural and ethical reference framework to guide our conduct in responding to the challenging and sometimes difficult choices we are faced with.

It is important that each person who interacts with the Company in various ways should read this material in order to bring it to life and give substance to the principles of Model 231 and the Code of Ethics.

Each person is invited to report conduct contrary to the principles of Model 231 and the Code of Ethics, in full protection of confidentiality, as follows

by e-mail, through the mailbox dedicated to the Supervisory Board (odvimprima@imprima.group);
in paper form and confidentially, by ordinary mail addressing them to the kind attention of the Supervisory Body of Imprima S.p.A., Corso Italia 22, postcode 20122, Milan (MI) / Via Ferloni 42, postcode 22070, Bulgarograsso (CO) with an indication not to open the envelope.


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