The company was originally founded over 125 years ago by Walter Achtnich-Glitsch, in 1886.It was started as a knitwear factory in Winterthur, Switzerland, which produced underwear for ladies and men for export to England and France. Thanks to the positive development of the markets in 1906 he decided to create a new factory building. Three generations of the founding family followed.
In 1993, the company was bought by Hochuli & Co. of Safenwil, Switzerland. Hochuli & Co was founded in 1897 and produced underwear for children and babies in different qualities such as cotton, wool and wool / silk. Only after 4 years, the owner decided to sell the company.
In 1997 the company Sawaco SA, owner of the trademarks Sawaco of Switzerland and HOCOSA of Switzerland was sold to the family Schwarz. As noted by owner, Paul Schwarz, the HOCOSA line is dedicated to organic fibers. The organic underwear from HOCOSA of Switzerland is BEST– and/or GOTS-certified by IMO-Switzerland. We are a member of IVN-Germany (International Association Natural Textile Industry) and since 2001 member of the Demeter Association, Switzerland.
The products currently carry Europe’s coveted Kb-T Certification for Organic Textiles. Building on over 25 years of experience in the field, we feel particularly qualified to offer our services and products to everyone with a serious interest in promoting the use of organic- textiles. Our products are manufactured in Bedano, near Lugano, Switzerland, according to the strictest environmental requirements and can therefore be sold as “Swiss Made”.