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In 1885 Ludwig Reiter I, together with his wife Anna (both originally from Bohemian Karlsbad) established their first Ludwig Reiter shoemakers workshop “auf der Wieden” in the 4th district of Vienna.
Ludwig Reiter II, son of the founder, initially learned the shoe-making craftsmanship by his father. In his early days he chose to travel, and worked in Germany, England and America. Between 1902 and 1908 he worked for various shoe factories in the USA, one of them being in Boston. Here he learned the method of the then new Goodyear technique for welted shoes, and was instantly impressed.
In 1960 Ludwig Reiter III, who is a qualified leather technician, took over and expanded his fathers company. Under his control the company emerged to one of the most prestigious shoe producers in Austria.
1985: One hundred years after the company was founded, Ludwig Reiter became the only surviving shoe manufacturer in Vienna after the crisis of the European shoe industry. In that year Till Reiter, son of Ludwig Reiter III and Great-Grandson of the founder, took over the management of the company – in the 4th generation. Later on his brothers Uz (on the Executive Board) and Lukas (Designer of the Ludwig Reiter stores) joined him.
2000 Ludwig Reiter took over the world-renowned leather goods shop of Franz Schulz in Vienna and expanded it’s range of high quality products to hand made briefcases, suitcases, ladies handbags, and various leather accessories.
2008 Ludwig Reiter acquired the Süßenbrunn Manor situated north-east of the city centre. 2011 the entire business (production as well as offices) moved to Süßenbrunn. On a commercial scale Ludwig Reiter is the sole producer of classical, welted shoes in Austria.
Ludwig Reiter is known locally as well as internationally for it’s welted shoes and for the high quality sports and ladies shoes as well as leather accessories. Around 60 employees produce about 30 000 pairs of shoes annually.
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