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Company's chronicle

  • In 1949, Marlen Tostmann and her husband Jochen start up to make dirndls, costumes and craft objects with the help of a manual loom and an old sewing machine in the carpenter's house on Seewalchen's lakeside promenade.
  • In 1950, they take on their first employee. Due to verbal propaganda, demand increases and soon the place becomes too small.
  • In 1951, the "Reiterhaus" in Litzlberg is bought and converted to workshop, retail shop and home.
    In the end of 1951, "Trachtenstube Tostmann" already has 10 employees working in sales and manufactur.
  • In 1953, a second retail shop is opened in the town of Vöcklabruck.
  • In 1955, the number of employees has grown to 80, the individual company Marlen Tosmann is converted to a limited commercial partnership and the first export transactions take place.
  • In 1957, a "salon" is opened in Vienna's first district, but soon becomes too small.
  • In 1967, the shop in the cellars of Schottengasse 3a is opened, from 1968 on retails, office and workshop are united under the roof of the Melkerhof in Vienna.
  • In 1968, Jochen Tostmann purchases the old community building of Seewalchen and establishes a retail shop and office. The community building of Seewalchen is extended.
  • In 1968, Tostmann in Vienna organize the first Old Vienna Christmas Market in the former bakery of the Melkerhof.
  • In 1977, the manufacture, administration and retail business of Seewalchen are united under one roof.
  • In 1980, Jochen Tostmann dies.
  • In 1980, the culture union "Mölkerstiege" is founded.
  • In 1990, the so-called "Gruft" on Mölkersteig in Vienna is converted to the "Bandlkramerladen". Here Marlen Tostmann's ever-growing collection of textiles and capes finds a suitable home.
  • In 1991, Tostmann decide not participate in fairs and exhibitions. Instead, the summer and winter collections are presented at the parent branch in Seewalchen. At first the retail business reacts with suspicion, but later on the decision is gladly accepted.
  • In 1992, the business premises and the cellars of Schottengasse are renovated.
  • In 1999anniversary exposition „50 Years of Tostmann Trachten“ and anniversary celebration at Schloss Kammer on lake Attersee. Marlen and Gexi Tostmann receive the “Gold Decoration for Services to Upper Austria” from Governor Dr. Joseph Pühringer.
  • 2001 – Tostmann Trachten assume the functions of the Lower Austrian Heimatwerk.
  • 2004 Tostmann celebrate their 55th anniversary, Anna Tostmann receives procuration. .

  • 2005 The “Kulturverein Mölkerstiege” association celebrate their 25th anniversary, the hundredth issue of „Mölkerstiege“ is published.

  • The association „Promotion Tracht“, whose chairperson at the time is Gexi Tostmann, appoint for the first time the „Ambassadors of Traditional Costume“ – actress Anja Kruse and Lower Austrian Governor Dr. Erwin Pröll receive the Emilie Flöge Award and the Konrad Mautner Award respectively.

  • 2007 50 years ago Tostmann moved into their new premises in the Melkerhof.

  • 2008 The new „Ambassadors of Traditional Costume“ are businesswoman Christiane Underberg and actor Miguel Herz Kestranek.

  • Gexi Tostmann receives the „Silver Decoration for Services to the Republic of Austria“.

  • 2009 Tostmann turn 60!

  • 2010 Company founder Marlen Tostmann celebrates her 95th birthday in October.

  • 2011 In May, the exposition "Gexi Tostmann - meine 365 Dirndl erzählen" is opened in the vault of the Melkerhof.