What role does polo play for you?
In 1920, the famous designer and graphic artist Ernst Deutsch-Dryden worked for Knize. He not only created the design concept, he also designed the former Knize logo: a polo player. It was taken over by Ralph Lauren in the 1970s and is still used today. In remembrance, we now hold the Knize Cup, an annual polo tournament near Vienna.
C.M. Frank was famous for its royal clients – what about Knize?
Knize of course delivered to members of royal families, but was also famous for being the tailor for artists – Oskar Kokoschka, for example, paid for his suits with paintings. We also produced blouses for Marilyn Monroe, shirts for Kurt Tucholsky and ski pants for Josephine Baker.
© All rights reserved
What does it take to tailor-make a suit?
It takes 7,000 stitches by hand and ten days of work by Europe’s best tailors – nowhere in the world does anyone devote more time to creating a suit than at Knize. That’s the so called Knize principle – devoted to tradition, but also to modern ways of living and the need for comfort.
What’s your advice for young craftspeople?
For me, it’s the absolute, unmitigated and unlimited willingness to perform that will be rewarded by clients. Only then can crafts be put on a level with the arts. You have to be aware of the precious material you work with and consequently respect that by working with the highest precision.