European Fashion and Gifts by Ernst Licht offers the greatest variety of American and German lederhosen. USA lederhosen are manufactured in our store in PA and offers styles of black, brown and gray leather to fulfill your Oktoberfest needs. Time and detail is put into the elaborate embroidery found not only on our Bavarian lederhosen but all our German dirndls. For traditional needs like German dance clubs (Plattlerhosen) and German Heritage Clubs, we offer customizable options to fit your individual needs.
Our German imported collections are the newest Bavarian styles to make sure you look the part during your next trip to Germany. Whether you like the traditional lederhosen or the longer bundhosen style, we have the latest quality lederhosen to fit your needs. Add this with a German imported shirt, socks, Alpine hat, suspenders and beer stein, you’ll look like you stepped right out of Bavaria.
Lederhosen isn’t only for men…
We offer styles for women with our ladies’ lederhosen collection too! Bavarian lederhosen are thought to have originated in rural Germany and Austria. They are traditionally crafted from thick leather and endure the ages. Translated into English, lederhosen means “leather breeches” and is also referred to as a “tracht”, or traditional garment. Early lederhosen styles were born out of necessity, as their durable material allowed the working class to engage in rigorous activities without fear of tearing one’s clothes.
The sturdiness of the garb speaks to endurance, an important value of Germans. They are fashioned with knee length shorts supported by suspenders. The suspenders, also made from leather, are in an “H” shape and ensure that the shorts will not slip off despite activeness. The strap that connects the suspenders additionally provides support for the relatively heavy shorts. While there are a variety of styles, the Bavarian lederhosen style is differentiated by the flap in the front of the trousers. This is unique to Bavaria, which is a state in the southeastern side of Germany. It is bordered by Austria and the Czech Republic, rather removed from central German cities including Berlin and Hamburg. Although they were traditionally worn by working class males, lederhosen may be worn by people of all ages and genders. Historically, its counterpart is the “dirndl” which is conventionally a garment for females. Both commonly display floral motifs that are embroidered onto either the leather suspenders of lederhosen, and on the upper torso and lower skirt of the dirndl.
Bavarian’s in the 18th century invented these costumes specific to their region. For this, the garments are admired on account of their exclusivity and beauty. Despite its decline in the 19th century, Bavarian lederhosen have recently attracted some attention as a reemerging style in the fashion world. Additionally, the infamous “Oktoberfest” in Munich is attended by thousands, all proudly donning traditional Bavarian attire. European Fashion and Gifts strives to provide authentic German garbs to those interested. We pride ourselves as a family owned hub for all things Bavarian and hope that we can help you discover traditional German attire unique to your taste.