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A Brief History of Mascot Frankfurt Jacket

In the early 1900s, the German company “Friedrichshafen” was founded. They were a manufacturer of clothing for military purposes. Their first product was called “Schwarzwälder”. It consisted of a wool jacket with fur lining. Later they started producing other types of clothing.

One of their products was a type of clothing called “Mascot Berliner”. These clothes were made from various materials such as silk, velvet, leather and even feathers. Some of these costumes were worn by famous actors like Fritz Lang or Wilhelm Furtwangler.

After World War I, Friedrichshafen went bankrupt due to high costs incurred during the war time. A new company named “Bauer-Wetzlar” was formed. Bauer-Wetzlar produced uniforms for the army and police forces. They also manufactured some costumes for the circus and other entertainment companies. After World War II, many of these costume factories closed down.

Some of them reopened under different names but they never regained their former glory.

In the year 1951, a man called Oskar Bauer decided to start a new company. It was initially very small but then he started hiring more employees. He hired Michael Kroeckel and both of them worked together for several years. In the year 1956, Oskar’s son Rolf joined the company. Oskar was getting old and soon he decided to retire.

At that point in time, Rolf took over the company. He was just 21 when he took over. He brought in a lot of changes in the company and soon “Bauer-Kostüme” became one of the biggest costume manufactures in Germany. In the late 1960s, they had more than 500 employees working for them.

In the year 2000, Oskar’s son Peter took over the company from Rolf. Peter wanted to expand the market for the company and he wanted to expand their market not just in the European continent but also in other parts of the world. The year 2007 saw a new factory building being opened in Medebach, Germany. In the early 2010s, the company started running into some financial trouble. However, things changed when they won a contract from the German broadcaster ZDF.

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The contract was worth more than 20 million Euros. The ZDF ordered costumes for a Christmas show that was going to be broadcast all over Germany. It was decided that the costumes had to be made from German materials only. At that point, “Bauer-Kostume” employed around 300 people.

As of 2013, the company is doing very well. They have been profitable for the last three years and they expect this trend to continue in the future. They won a contract from the German broadcaster ARD to provide clothing for the show “Das Supertalent”, which is one of the most popular shows in Germany. The show has been running for eight years now and more than 12 million people watch it every week.

Behind the Scenes with Mascots

We have already mentioned that many of the employees at our company are actually studying while they work at “Bauer-Kostume”. One of the reasons for this is that many of the costume manufacturers in Germany are facing a lot of stiff competition from manufacturers in China and other parts of Asia.

Another reason is the rising cost of education. Studying while working helps the employees to earn a living as well as pay for their education. Not everyone at our company is a student though. Some employees have been working here for 20 years or more.

We had a visit from some of the mascots that we produce costumes for recently. As you can see in the photo, there were several mascots visiting our factory recently. They are from left to right: Olli, Kralle, Sörgel, Pumuckl and Mawi.

The production manager brought them all the way from Hamburg. They were quite happy to be in Aschaffenburg and they enjoyed seeing where their costumes were made.

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