• Milestones

    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.

  • 2017


    Primaballerina Anna Laudere wears Akris onstage as Anna Karenina in John Neumeier's new ballet at Hamburg State Opera on July 2, 2017. For her Pas de Deux with Edvin Revazov as Count Wronski, she wears an original silk crêpe de chine dress from Albert Kriemler's Akris Cruise 2018 collection. The Akris Cruise 18 collection was presented the day after the Hamburg premiere for the first time in Paris during Couture Week.

  • 2017


    Akris unveils its new boutique at 45-46 boulevard de la Croisette in Cannes, France, just in time for the 70th edition of the Annual Cannes Film Festival.

  • 2016


    For the first time Albert Kriemler shows his Spring/Summer 2017 collection at New York Fashion Week. „The Akris défilé at New York Fashion Week is a tribute to the city and the country which helped us to become who we are now“, Albert Kriemler says.

  • 2016


    Albert Kriemler was selected to receive the 2016 Museum at FIT's 'Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion' for his commitment to outstanding craftsmanship and his dedication to creating well-tailored, wearable pieces that blend luxury with functionality. The award luncheon, as become traditional, heralds the arrival of Fall Fashion Week in New York.

  • 2016


    Albert Kriemler and John Neumeier once again converge for yet another outstanding and unique collaboration: Albert Kriemler designs fascinating costumes for the ballet dancers of John Neumeiers choreography of Oliver Messiaens symphonic masterpiece „TURANGALÎLA“at the Hamburg State Opera.

  • 2016


    Akris announces the opening of its very first Italian boutique in Milan, one of the world’s most important fashion capitals, at the corner of via Gesù and via della Spiga.

  • 2015


    First ever collaboration with an architect: „We share a vision to create an effortless relation between the body and the environment with utmost simplicity. Sou Fujimoto is an architect who understands that we have more senses than just the eye.“ Albert Kriemler on his collaboration with architect Sou Fujimoto for the Akris spring/summer 2016 collection.

  • 2015


    Akris enters the Chinese market opening boutiques in two locations in Shanghai: the Citic Square and Times Square malls.

  • 2015


    The collaboration with choreographer John Neumeier continues as Albert Kriemler designs costumes for The Legend of Joseph and Verklungene Feste at the Vienna State Opera.

  • 2014


    H.S.H. Charlene of Monaco chooses three of her dresses designed by Albert Kriemler to be included in the exhibition “Women Fashion Power” at the Design Museum London.

  • 2014


    Albert Kriemler creates a collection in collaboration with German artist Thomas Ruff. Kunsthalle Düsseldorf initiates a défilé of the collection in the venue of the Thomas Ruff exhibition.

    Vienna’s Design Museum MAK (Museum für Angewandte Kunst) chooses three innovative LED looks to be included to “Vorbilder”, the exhibition celebrating its 150th anniversary.

  • 2014


    Akris celebrates 10 years at Paris Fashion Week.

  • 2012


    Akris celebrates its 90th anniversary. Publishing house Assouline releases ‘Akris’ by New York curator Valerie Steele.

  • 2012


    Akris launches a redesigned website and introduces E-Commerce distribution.

  • 2010


    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.

  • 2009


    Akris launches its first collection of handbags and accessories. The Merit of the Year, awarded by Design Preis Schweiz, goes to Albert Kriemler.

  • 2008


    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.

  • 2006

    At the Textile Museum in St. Gallen, the exhibition

  • 2005-2006


    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.

  • 2005

    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.

  • 2004


    The first Akris défilé is presented in Paris at Prêt-à-porter fashion week.

  • 2002

    An independent subsidiary is established in Tokyo specifically for the Japanese market.

  • 2001

    Albert Kriemler is presented with the Silver Slipper Award of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas. The annual ceremony is held by the museum’s Textiles and Costume Institute.

  • 1999

    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.

  • 1997


    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)

  • 1996


    Akris punto, a line of designer sportswear, is created.

  • 1995


    The first worldwide advertising campaign is launched with photographer Steven Klein.

  • 1988

    Akris debuts at Bergdorf Goodman in New York.

  • 1987


    Management of the family business is officially handed over to the third generation..

  • 1986

    Having completed his studies in law and business, Albert's brother Peter Kriemler joins the family company.

  • 1984

    Akris begins selling in the United States, which is to become one of the company's most important markets.

  • 1980

    Designer Albert Kriemler, Max and Ute Kriemler's son, joins Akris.

  • 1960-1970

    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.

  • 1950

    Max Kriemler and his mother modernize operations, expanding their range and conducting business with other European countries.

  • 1944

    After the unexpected death of Albert Kriemler-Schoch, Alice and Albert's son, Max Kriemler, joins the business.

  • 1930


    Akris expands, soon employing 25 seamstresses. Alice's husband Albert Kriemler-Schoch handles the organization of sales in his wife's business.

  • 1922


    Alice Kriemler-Schoch sets up a sewing studio in St.Gallen.