All about us Schultzjeans

A brief overview of the Schultz line. What a life my dad has lived and still is, a little less active but an agile mind that never stops working as him setting up business once again proves. Workaholic is an understatement. Read on….

Schultz mens designer underwear

Schultz underwear with its quirky slogan waistbands is designed to complement a revolutionary invention – the Schultz Strap. Although the strap which stops jeans falling down, however low slung you like to wear them, is the height of fashion in the 21st Century, the origins of the Schultz fashion dynasty lie way back in the 19th Century.

Jyula Schultz (my great great grandad) started his first shop around 1890 and became the first master tailor to produce clothing for the aristocracy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Jyula’s grandson Otto showed equal talent with cloth, first using it in Budapest in 1948 in a Communist Party factory. But his flare for fashion wasn’t appreciated (the Party Secret blocked his university application because he was ‘more interested in dancing than politics’) and he set up his own business in 1953, going on to invent the first version of the Schulz strap. He designed for what were the celebrities of the time such as ballet dancers and actors that entertained the people.

After the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, Otto left his country, walking with his brother Carl Schultz(who later became a film director in Australia), to the Austrian border, they had to pay their way out of the country giving everything they could to the Russain soldier who guarenteed them safe passage. They had to run through a forest and across the border with the fear that a single gun shot could take them out and eventually they arrived as refugees in England.

They were moved upto Manchester as Otto knew some poeple who lived in the area. Otto worked as a tailor in Manchester, where his prolific talent meant he was soon making suits for all the city’s top business and entertainment personalities. By 1958 Otto had saved enough to set up a small but thriving business, and in the 60s he made clothes for London fashion designers and the boutique set up by George Best Manchester United’s first celebrity superstar. He went on to in the 70’s and 80’s to make for top Snooker players such as Alex Higgins who was filmed in the factory as he was having a suit made,  as well as footballers from local clubs.

Otto’s son, Richard, joined the business and became head designer for their own label as well as designing and making for some of the biggest fashion retailers. These included the likes of Next, Top Shop and Burton until Far East imports which swamped the market in the late 1980’s this forced Otto and Richard in the early 1990’s to close their UK factories (the underwear is now made in Portugal). Otto continued in bespoke tailoring until 2007, when he reworked his invention for jeans and with Richard and the Schultzstrap and SchultzJeans were born.
Now Schultzjeans has a small group of dedicated employees and they have been joined by Janine Nesbitt who is coordinating marketing and design.  Working closely with Richard hey are pushing the business forward and it is becoming a growing brand.

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