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.
Traditional Bavarian Clothing – Still Got Style To It!
For one thing, the Lederhosen and Dirndl are conventional Bavarian dress. Despite the fact that Germans are stereotyped outside Germany as being Lederhosen-wearing, Dirndl-clad society, this conventional style of dress is inalienably Bavarian, and you won’t see it worn anyplace outside Bavaria (with the exception of maybe at beer celebrations, for design instead of for custom). Nonetheless, the traditional costume is a hit today.
The general name for this style of Bavarian dress is Tracht, which is a word identified with the action word ‘tragen’ – to wear/convey. This word isn’t constrained to Bavaria, be that as it may, as it tends to be utilized to portray territorial or explicit sorts of dress anyplace in Germany. Dirndl is the traditional Bavarian clothing for women.
Dirndl and Lederhosen started in the Alpine areas of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and can be followed as far back as the 1600s. They were worn by ranchers, shepherds, craftsmen and laborers for outside work (for the men) and indoor housework (for the women).
The Lederhosen which is the traditional Bavarian clothing for men were particularly reasonable for work, as the leather made them very solid and sturdy. In the mean time, the Dirndl had an apron tied around it (an element that has stayed to the day), making it perfect for housework and cooking. These garments were never connected with city life, which makes it even more amazing how well known they are in the Bavarian capital today.
Today, the Dirndl and Lederhosen are worn for:
For working purposes, as they were worn before (for the most part in provincial territories). Numerous eatery servers additionally wear Dirndls, and this incorporates eateries that are out in the sticks; they are for visitors, however for convention and comfort.
As comfortable garments like for example to go to a beer garden in, or to wear around the house.
As regular wear by individuals, basically, who are glad for their legacy and are comfortable in these outfits always.
For special occasions and celebrations like for example, Oktoberfest and different celebrations.
For weddings – Just as Scots regularly wear Kilts to their weddings, a few Bavarians get hitched in Dirndl and Lederhosen!
They are worn for style and fashion purposes too. This is the place the cutting edge Lederhosen and Dirndl styles become possibly the most important factor. Because of the overall fascination that is Oktoberfest, these Bavarian traditional clothing choices are back in style, and there is no end to the varieties of the Tracht you can purchase today.
They – the Dirndls particularly – come in a wide range of hues, lengths, styles and textures, running from the more traditional looks to a bit contemporary designs! You also get a variety in lederhosen shorts and necessary accessories too.
We have the best of traditional Bavarian dresses and clothing designs for man and women with refreshing patterns and exquisite fashion. You just have to take your pick to suit your personal style.