SCHLAEPFER BROUGHT BY SWISS TEXTILE GROUP

NEW YORK — Jakob Schlaepfer, a St. Gallen, Switzerland-based couture fabric mill, and its subsidiaries in Paris, New York and Tokyo have been sold to the Anderegg-Filtex group, a diversified textiles group, also based in St. Gallen. The purchase is effective April 30.
The announcement was made Thursday by Hans von Meiss, Schlaepfer’s co-owner and chief executive officer. Under the new arrangement, von Meiss will continue as general manager of Schlaepfer, while Peter G. Anderegg, owner of Anderegg-Filtex, will be its head.
Terms weren’t disclosed.
This is the second change of ownership for Schlaepfer since February 1995, when businessman Guenter Bolte and von Meiss acquired the majority of the firm from Robert and Lisbet Schlaepfer. Robert Schlaepfer said then that it was time to pass the reins to a younger generation to assure the company’s future.
Jakob Schlaepfer producedluxury fabrics and intricate embroideries for couture and ready-to-wear designers since 1904 and lists among its clients Christian Lacroix, Emanuel Ungaro, Yohji Yamamoto and Yves Saint Laurent.
It is also known for its innovations. For fall ’97, for example, it featured a variety of printed skiwear-inspired stretch fabrics.
The Anderegg-Filtex group, established in 1923 by the Anderegg family, is a diversified textile and fabric group, according to Martin Leuthold, Schlaepfer’s creative director, reached in St. Gallen Thursday night.
The group has companies whose products ranged from fibers and other raw materials to finished curtains.
Leuthold said he feels that Schlaepfer will benefit from becoming part of a textiles group and said that the discussions with Anderegg-Filtex had been held for a period over six months.
Schlaepfer has a staff of 60, while Anderegg-Filtex employs over 200.

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