15 Facts About Akris


Akris was founded in 1922 by Alice Kriemler -Schoch in St Gallen, Switzerland.

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The word "Akris" is derived from the letters of Kriemler - Schoch's name.

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Akris initially made simple dotted aprons that Kriemler-Schoch crafted on a single sewing machine.

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Since 2004, the Akris collection has been shown during Paris fashion week - the only Swiss house in the Federation francaise de la couture, du Pret-a-Porter des Couturiers et des Createurs de Mode.

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Akris is a collection of sleek, refined, and versatile pieces, designed in clear architectural lines, with exceptional fabrics, body conscious tailoring and sophisticated colors.

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In 2009, Akris expanded its Pret-a-Porter offering with the introduction of handbags featuring animal-friendly horsehair textile, a woven fabric made from the tail-hair.

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In 1996, Akris was admitted to the French Chambre Syndicale, the governing body of the French fashion industry.

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Akris delayed participating in Paris Fashion Week until 2004, when it was able to secure a spot on one of the event's most important days.

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Akris's success is largely due to trunk shows and word of mouth; the company does very little advertising.

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Akris is the largest Swiss clothing producer, though it does not disclose sales or profit figures.

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Akris was first sold in the United States in 1988; the brand can now be found in 70 US stores, including over 20 Neiman Marcus locations and 30-some Saks Fifth Avenue locations, where Akris shares floor space with brands like Bottega Veneta, Fendi and Lanvin.

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Freestanding Akris boutiques are located in Boston, New York City, Atlanta, Palm Beach, Bal Harbor, Dallas and Houston.

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Akris Punto is sold in approximately 100 stores in the United States.

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Several female celebrities are known to have worn Akris designs, including Amal Clooney, HSH Charlene, Princess of Monaco, Tina Fey, Susan Sarandon, Doris Yaffe, Shakira, Alicia Keys, Angelina Jolie, Diane Sawyer and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

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Akris clothing is generally produced in ateliers in St Gallen, Zurich, and Ticino, Switzerland.

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