In 1978, Margaretha and Wolfgang Ley presented their first collection under the name “ESCADA – Sporty Elegance.” This event laid the foundation for a new business idea that was as simple as it was successful: the “democratization” of elite haute couture. ESCADA offered: top quality in fabrics, fit and workmanship at affordable prices; sophisticated, imaginative design and extremely comfortable wear; a coordinate system with individual components that were perfectly color-coordinated to allow mixing & matching through several seasons.
Margaretha Ley, a former Swedish model, had a solid education in tailoring and ample experience with demanding customers. But she also had an exquisite feel for colors, a devotion to detail, and a sure sense for what many women desired – a feminine elegance that doesn’t shy away from bright contrasts and striking elements. Bold color combinations, opulent embroideries, combinations of patterns, and leopard prints endowed ESCADA’s early creations with a touch of irrepressible joie de vivre. This fashion style was exactly in tune with the extroverted spirit of the 1980s.
ESCADA first created spectacular knitwear designs that featured exquisite inlays and appliqués on pullovers and jackets. These earned Margaretha Ley the renowned international Mohair Council for Excellence in Design award, and were soon followed by cleverly elaborate leather prints that became all the rage with both merchants and customers. The collections kept getting larger, and the designer team grew with them. Twelve different fashion themes per season, each based on a wide range of different fabrics, were designed to ensure a diversity of styles for individual markets.
By this point, the most sought-after Italian and French textiles manufacturers and silk printing companies were working for ESCADA. And weaving and spinning mills as well as Europe’s most innovative printers were developing proprietary threads, fabrics and ESCADA colors for the company. With her very feminine, breathtakingly glamorous cocktail and evening fashions, ESCADA created the distinctive look that has shaped the brand image. The ESCADA collection soon included not only a very exclusive couture line but also an extensive range of accessories such as shoes, bags, small leather accessories and costume jewelry.
The most beautiful supermodels, such as Claudia Schiffer, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Karen Mulder, Paulina Porizkova, Nadja Auermann and Rachel Zimmermann, presented the world of ESCADA in elaborately designed catalogs and ad campaigns, and film stars and other celebrities were frequently seen wearing ESCADA.
After Margaretha Ley’s death in 1992, Brian Rennie was appointed as creative director in 1994. Rennie managed the rejuvenation of the brand and its adaptation to the more low-key look of the 1990s, also by launching the ESCADA SPORT line. The brand regained its power with a colorful and sensual “New Elegance” feel as a playful expression of joie de vivre. In 1998, Hollywood Star Kim Basinger accepted her Oscar in a pistachio-colored satin gown by ESCADA Couture, reconfirming the brand’s international high-class image.
Today ESCADA has interpreted its brand values in a new, updated way: cool glamour, sensual femininity and modern elegance are the hallmarks of the ESCADA brand line. ESCADA stands for fashion dressing women appropriately for every occasion. The brand offers a lifestyle concept filled with everything from must-have everyday items for business and leisure to red carpet occasions. The ESCADA woman is naturally drawn to the limelight and loves a feminine and glamorous yet fresh, modern style.
The ESCADA SPORT line today represents creative casualwear for sexy, dynamic women with a youthful spirit who love an easy, uncomplicated and relaxed chic. The collection focuses on knitwear, jersey, outerwear and denim and offers items that can be mixed and matched. Exclusive, enchanting color palettes highlight seasonal trends and prints in every collection. Innovative fabrics, high quality detailing and embroideries as well as excellent fit and exclusive workmanship reinforce the high-end level of all ESCADA collections.
As a dynamic and innovative international company, we are always interested in new employees who share our values and passion for fashion. Whether you have just finished school or college, or have already worked for several years, we can offer you the chance to become part of our ESCADA team, contribute your experience, develop your skills and drive your career.
ESCADA is a premier global player in the fashion segment. We sell our collections in more than 80 countries around the world and employ some 1,800 men and women. Leading Italian and French textile manufacturers, weavers and spinning mills as well as Europe’s most innovative printers work for our organization, providing the exclusive patterns, fabrics and colors that distinguish the ESCADA collections. The workforce at our Munich headquarters is comprised of employees from 30 different countries who cooperate closely with our international subsidiaries. Understanding the unique fashion needs and expectations of a global clientele is a key pillar of our corporate philosophy – and the reason why we so wholeheartedly embrace individuality and diversity.
You've finished your college degree / apprenticeship / training and have already started your career? And now you're looking for new challenges and want to grow your career with us? We may well have the perfect new job waiting for you! For details of our vacancies for professionals, please refer to our current job opportunities.
Can't find anything suitable? No problem! Simply write to us including a curriculum vitae, references and any other materials relevant to your application. We will contact you the moment a suitable position opens up.
You’ve finished your college or university degree with above-average grades and already gained some work experience in the form of internships?
Depending on their experience, we can offer high-potential college graduates the opportunity to join the company and acquire the professional skills required for a management position. For details, please refer to our current job opportunities.
You're at college or have just finished your degree? And you want to put theory into practice and start a successful career in the fashion industry? Whatever your college course or major, we can offer you opportunities to demonstrate your skills and initiative in the following departments:
- brand management
- model engineering
- operations, especially quality control / management , creative textile purchasing and production management
- international sales, especially showroom management and visual merchandising/ trade marketing marketing/pr
You've finished school or will be doing so shortly, and now you want to launch your career? We can offer you training in the following areas:
- retail sales
- industrial sales
- visual merchandising design
If you have any further questions than please contact our recruiting team: email@example.com
Particularly in our fast-paced industry, it is essential to remain up-to-the-minute and in touch with the market, i.e. the customer. This is why we focus on teamwork and foster the regular interchange of information worldwide, helping to create a work environment that is shaped by partnership and dialog. Our talented specialists collaborate interdepartmentally, bridging hierarchies and transcending borders. They enjoy ample scope for creativity and responsibility. To us, teamwork also means mutual support, a spirit of cooperation and an allocation of tasks that is fine-tuned to each person’s special skills. This provides the platform from which we collectively pursue our ambitious goals for a successful future.
Employees who stand out by virtue of their commitment and achievements are promoted and assigned more responsibility. After all, people who accomplish a great deal want to make a difference, too. When vested with sufficient responsibility and decision-making freedom, our staff can demonstrate their entrepreneurial prowess anew each and every day. And they can take advantage of manifold opportunities for advancement, be it on-the-job learning, challenging new roles, interdepartmental projects, dual training programs in marketing and retail, or external opportunities. ESCADA places a premium on human resource development from within its own ranks, which is why we not only expect a lot from our employees, but also do a lot for them in return.
Corporate culture is a matter of give and take. The nature of our industry means that the entire product development cycle – like the subsequent marketing and logistics operations – is subject to seasonal peaks that demand considerable added effort. But not at the expense of employees' enjoyment and job satisfaction. ESCADA rewards its staff with a range of programs and joint activities. Attractive benefits in the areas of healthcare, salaries and work-family balance round out the employment picture. Our passion for fashion and a creative, dynamic atmosphere make ESCADA a fun place to work.
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85609 Aschheim/Munich Handelsregister AG München, HRB 183440
Vertretungsberechtigte Personen: Jörg Wahlers, Megha Mittal
Vorsitzende des Verwaltungsrates: Megha Mittal
Telefon: +49 89 9944-0
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