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Did Hugo Boss Really Make Uniforms for the Nazis?


Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends related to fashion and whether they are true or false.

FASHION URBAN LEGEND: Hugo Boss produced uniforms for the Nazis.

Hugo Ferdinand Boss started his first clothing business in the early 1920s, when Boss was in his early 40s.

By 1930, Boss was forced to declare bankruptcy.

In 1931, Boss joined the National Socialist party.

When the Nazis took power in 1933, Boss soon found himself contracted to produce the uniforms for the Nazi Schutzstaffel (their paramilitary force from 1925 until 1945).

And damned if they did not do a very nice job making snazzy uniforms for the Nazis.

These uniforms were mass produced in factories often manned by Prisoners of War.

Boss, naturally, did not do so well after the Nazis were defeated, but he was allowed to continue to run his company and in the years following the war, the company


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