Akris, established 90 years ago, has developed into a fashion house of international recognition. As a third-generation family business, the company conveys a credibility and authenticity that has become a rarity in the world of fashion. While many of today's important brands are operated as major international corporations, Akris thrives on personal tradition, regional roots, economic independence, and largely vertical integration. The history of the house of Akris has evolved gradually over the years; and it's the measured ascendancy based on an open-ended learning process, where continuity, change, and steady development go hand in hand.
Akris launches a redesigned website and introduces E-Commerce distribution.
Akris celebrates 20 years at Bergdorf Goodman with an exhibition marking 15 years of collaboration with photographer Steven Klein.
21_21 Design Sight, a center designed and co-founded by Tadao Ando in Tokyo, mounts an exhibition on Akris titled "Over the Years."
Albert Kriemler receives the Star Award from the renowned Fashion Group International (FGI) in New York.
Akris presents the first collection of handbags and accessories.
Albert Kriemler is awarded "The Merit of the Year" by Design Preis Schweiz.
Akris takes over renowned bag manufacturer Comtesse, near Frankfurt a.M., Germany, a company specialized in producing horsehair fabrics.
Albert Kriemler designs the costumes for choreographer John Neumeier's production at the Hamburg Ballet of The Legend of Joseph.
The Swiss Federal Office of Culture awards Albert Kriemler the Grand Prix Design prize.
At the Textile Museum in St. Gallen, the exhibition "Akris Fashions from St. Gallen" is featured as part of a series of exhibitions on art and apparel.
Albert Kriemler creates the ballet costumes for the dancers of the Vienna State Opera Ballet at the Vienna Philharmonic's New Year's concert, broadcast worldwide and choreographed by the director of the Hamburg ballet, John Neumeier.
The Akris shop on Bergdorf Goodman's fourth floor opens and is the first to be designed in the spirit of the distinctive Akris retail environment.
The first Akris defile is presented in Paris at Prêt-à-porter fashion week.
An independent subsidiary is established in Tokyo specifically for the Japanese market.
Akris is invited to become a member of the influential Féderation Française de la Couture, du Prêt-à-porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode.
The first stand-alone Akris boutique opens in Boston, followed by shops in Monaco (1997), Düsseldorf (1998), Frankfurt a.M. (1999), Paris (2000), Seoul (2000), Vienna (2002), New York (2003), Hamburg (2004), London (2005), Tokyo-Ginza (2011), and Munich(2011)
Akris punto, a line of designer sportswear, is created.
The first worldwide advertising campaign is launched with photographer Steven Klein.
Akris debuts at Bergdorf Goodman in New York.
Management of the family business is officially handed over to the third generation.
Having completed his studies in law and business, Albert's brother Peter Kriemler joins the family company.
Akris begins selling in the United States, which is to become one of the company's most important markets.
Designer Albert Kriemler, Max and Ute Kriemler's son, joins Akris.
With the support of his wife Ute, Max Kriemler continues to grow and consolidate the Akris brand, cooperating with such renowned fashion houses as Saint Clair, Ted Lapidus, and Givenchy.
Max Kriemler and his mother modernize operations, expanding their range and conducting business with other European countries.
After the unexpected death of Albert Kriemler-Schoch, Alice and Albert's son, Max Kriemler, joins the business.
Akris expands, soon employing 25 seamstresses. Alice's husband Albert Kriemler-Schoch handles the organization of sales in his wife's business.
Alice Kriemler-Schoch sets up a sewing studio in St.Gallen.