St. Gallen is the home of Akris. Embedded in the picturesque pre-alpine landscape of Switzerland, the town is the economic and cultural center of eastern Switzerland and the region around Lake Constance.
The town already exercised European-wide influence in the Middle Ages with the founding of the Benedictine abbey in 719. The abbey with its baroque collegiate church and incomparable library is inscribed in the World Heritage List as the Convent of St Gall.
In the 19th century, St. Gallen emerged as a textile metropolis and became known worldwide for its exquisite embroidery. Bischoff Textil, Forster Rohner, and Jakob Schlaepfer---who regularly develop and create for Akris---are just some of the innovative manufacturers in the region that continue to supply major fashion houses.
The town has also made a mark internationally as home to the University of St. Gallen, one of Europe's leading schools of business, which attracts students from all over the world.
Today, St. Gallen has become a cosmopolitan, forward-thinking town that hosts a number of important museums, including the internationally acclaimed textile museum, as well as other cultural institutions and public art such as Pipilotti Rist’s City Lounge, an outdoor square in the heart of the city that is overlaid in solid red.