While Germany may be known for its automative exports, Hiltl trousers maybe the BMW equivalent for German trousers. Established in 1955 Hiltl may arguably be Germany's finest trouser brand, but remains relatively unknown outside of Germany.
That should change now. In 2016, NORD Holding acquired Hiltl and has decided to inject some new energy into a German heritage brand with the appointment of Andreas Wolfer as the new Managing Director.
Hiltl continues to offer a range of mens' trousers across various lines, including more formal wool trousers and informal cotton trousers. A point of differentiation has been the use of Supima cotton, amongst the world's rarest cotton varieties for some of its trousers. The company has also introduced some more fashion forward and brighter colour options, in addition to classic and staple trouser offerings. .
We had the chance to review three pairs of Hiltl trousers, including a formal pair, a pair of Supima chinos, and Supima corduroys. All the trousers have elements of hand finishing along the pockets, belt loops and waist bands, with inserted colour elements in the back packets, adding yet another distinctive feature. In our testing, the trousers were as fine as anything produced by Incotex or other high end trouser makers. They have quickly emerged as our favourite trouser brand on their quality, range of options, and more accessible price points.
Hiltl trousers are currently available across specialty mens' retailers and select online stores. We hope the new management team makes these trousers more accessible through a wider distribution. Now the secret's out, grab a pair.