Before Hugo Boss A.G. became known for its suiting and various accessible collections that fill racks at malls across the U.S., the German fashion brand made uniforms for the Nazis. This is something that a Hugo Boss spokeswoman acknowledged 10 years ago. According to the AP, "The company said it had become aware of the dealings with the Nazis after the name of its founder, Hugo Boss, who died in 1948, appeared on a list of dormant accounts released by Swiss bankers in 1997."
Speaking about the discovery to the Associated Press in August 1997, Monika Steilen, a spokeswoman for Boss, said, “Right now we are trying to get a handle on the situation.” She further noted, “This is a very new theme for us. We have nothing in our archives.'' At that time, the company had not yet determined "what kind of account Mr. Boss might have had in Switzerland," but were working on uncovering more information.
The AP further notes that "Hugo Boss founded the textile factory in 1923, Ms. Steilen said. He joined the Nazi Party in 1931, and two years later, began manufacturing Nazi uniforms. Production continued throughout the war, and according to Profil, the company brought forced laborers from Poland and France to its factory to increase output in the later years."