Merz b. Schwanen

Merz b. Schwanen

In 2009 husband and wife Peter and Gitta Plotnicki uncovered a beautiful old garment in a German flea market and their curiosity was immediately piqued. The label still attached to this vintage Henley-style undershirt clearly read “Merz b. Schwanen”. After some research the two designers discovered this to be a brand from the Swabian Alps dating back to the early 20th century that specialised in German-made tubular knit garments. Only several years before had this unique business finally succumbed to the pressures of globalisation after a long period of diminishing orders. Determined to look deeper into this fascinating compass of domestic textile history, Peter and Gitta uncovered what can only be described as a museum of circular knitting machines dating from the 1920s to the 1960s. Coated in dust, they had remained unused for decades. Undaunted by the task of getting these vintage looms restored, and with a steadfast sense of purpose Merz B, as the brand is now affectionally known, launched its first collection under the Plotnickis in 2011 with a clear vision of reviving traditionally made knitwear for the modern day. T-shirts, sweatshirts, pants, underwear, socks and accessories - this brand literally has you covered. Everything is manufactured in a sustainable way using animal-friendly materials with experience and heart in equal measure.