History

a company chronicle

Over the years, the Fellhof company has made its way from small general store to renowned international company.

 

The love of our products and of tradition have laid the foundation for our company’s successful history.

From a general store to an international company

Our history is as successful as it is diverse – learn how the Fellhof company transformed itself from a small general store to an international company.

Our beginnings

From the 50s into the 80s

1955

The Eckschlager family runs a small general store in Hof bei Salzburg.

Fellstube in Hof, 1974

1969

Son Walter Eckschlager (founder and owner) sees some hides in front of a souvenir store in St Wolfgang, Austria, and develops the idea of selling them. First contact to tanneries is made.

The 1970s

His idea begins to grow: soon a total of seven outdoor stalls open throughout Austria. This is followed by the opening of the ‘Fellstube’ in the former general store in Hof, as well as the first showing at the Souvenir trade show in Salzburg, marking the company’s entry into the wholesale market.

1988

In 1988 ‘Der Fellhof Vertriebs GmbH’ opens with one employee. From then on, up to 20,000 slippers are produced at home each year.

The first Fell-Shop in Vienna’s Meidling district, 1989
The first Fell-Shop in Vienna’s Meidling district, 1989
Baby stroller footmuff quality control checks, 2002
Baby stroller footmuff quality control checks, 2002
First trade show appearance – Ambiente Frankfurt. Joint stand with Salzburg Economic Chamber
First trade show appearance – Ambiente Frankfurt. Joint stand with Salzburg Economic Chamber

The 1990s

Starting in 1995, the Fellhof company carries out pioneering work in lambskin baby products in Austria. Attending midwifery conventions and providing consultation services at birth centres lays the foundation for Fellhof's reputation in the field of baby and children’s products.

In 1997 the company attends its first trade fair in Germany. The presentation of Fellhof products kicks off the company’s international growth.

In 1999 the first genuine lambskin baby footmuffs for prams are developed.

Midwives convention in Innsbruck, 1996
Midwives convention in Innsbruck, 1996
Nursery of the Semmelweis Klinik in Vienna, 1998
Nursery of the Semmelweis Klinik in Vienna, 1998
The first Fellhof stand at the Salzburger Christkindlmarkt, 1986
The first Fellhof stand at the Salzburger Christkindlmarkt, 1986
Felle Express, 1984
Felle Express, 1984

The 2000s

In 2004, the cornerstone for further expansion is laid with the expansion of the warehouse in Salzburg to 1,300m2.


In 2008 son Roman Eckschlager joins the company in sales. Today, Roman works as a sales manager.

From 2010 to today

The first major step towards digitalisation of distribution is made in 2010 with the commissioning of the first online shop for Fellhof products.

In 2014, a joint venture is established for the production of lambskin shoe insoles in the Czech Republic.

The purchase and occupation of the new offices in Hof bei Salzburg gets underway in 2014. In 2015, Mr Günther Nußbaumer became managing director.

Fellhof headquarters in Hof bei Salzburg
Fellhof headquarters in Hof bei Salzburg
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