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Hugo Boss (fashion designer) : biography

08 July 1885 - 09 August 1948

Hugo Ferdinand Boss (8 July 1885 – 9 August 1948) was the founder of the clothing company Hugo Boss.

Early life

Boss was born in Metzingen, in the Kingdom of Württemberg, the youngest of five children. He went on to found his own clothing company after having experience as the heir of his parents' lingerie shop in Metzingen. He was involved in an apprenticeship as a merchant, prior to his enlistment in the army during World War 1. After one year of employment, he founded his own company in Metzingen in 1923 and then a factory in 1924.

Support of Nazism

Boss joined the Nazi Party in 1931, two years before Hitler came to power. By the third quarter of 1932, the all-black SS uniform (to replace the SA brown shirts) was designed by SS-Oberführer Prof. Karl Diebitsch and Walter Heck (graphic designer).Lumsden, Robin. A Collector's Guide To: The Allgemeine - SS, Ian Allan Publishing, Inc. 2001, p 53. Hugo Boss company produced these black uniforms along with the brown SA shirts and the black-and-brown uniforms of the Hitler Youth.White, Constance C. R. "Patterns: Dealing with Hugo Boss's Nazi tie." The New York Times 19 August 1997: A20. Some workers are acknowledged to have been French and Polish prisoners of war forced into labour. In 1999, US lawyers acting on behalf of Holocaust survivors started legal proceedings against the Hugo Boss company over the use of slave labour during the war.

After World War II, Boss was fined for his support of Nazism and was not allowed to vote. He died of a tooth abscess in 1948. Zwangsarbeit in Metzingen (Forced Work in Metzingen),

Boss' Apology

The misuse of 140 Polish and 40 French forced workers led to an apology, as Boss told to the book, Hugo Boss, 1924-1945: The History of a Clothing Factory During the Weimar Republic and Third Reich, to account for his actions.

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