History

Always keeping abreast with the latest fashion trends we have been manufacturing and trading with buttons and accessories for more than 60 years and over time have become one of the global market leaders

  • 1950

    01 Jan 1950
    Heinrich Schäfer is founding the company as a whole sale business selling buttons.

    The office takes up some 60 square meters in the basement of his family home in Goldbach, near Aschaffenburg.

  • 1956

    1956
    Office space downstairs has become too small for the entire staff so the business is relocating to Frohsinnstrasse in downtown Aschaffenburg.

  • 1963

    1963
    The company is facing another move into a building in Weißenburger Strasse. In the light of further expansion this will be the company headquarter up to the year 1991.

    The workforce now counts 10 staff members.

  • 1972

    1972
    Horst Harrer – today a majority shareholder- joins the company filling the then newly created position as sales manager.

  • 1978

    1978
    Transformation of the private company into a limited partnership.

    Horst Harrer becomes a shareholder and is appointed Managing Director.

  • 1985

    1985
    Knopf-Schäfer sees more growth in the fashion-crazy 80s.

    Collections are growing larger and buttons – dictated by fashion – are becoming more sophisticated.

  • 1991

    1991
    Again, premises have become far too small.

    The new company headquarters are now established at the present address in the industrial zone of Nilkheim – nicely set up in a modern and spacious company building.

  • 1999

    1999
    Foundation of the subsidiary Button-House in Hong Kong. Export shares are growing rapidly at the same time.

    New European and international markets are being entered with great success.

  • 2000

    2000
    Company founder Heinrich Schäfer passes away in October, aged 80.

  • 2009

    2009
    Button-House Hong Kong – which has meanwhile grown to become a significant business in Asia – celebrates its 10th company anniversary.

  • 2010

    2010
    Knopf-Schäfer celebrates its 60th company anniversary.

  • 2011

    2011
    Oliver Harrer and Stefan Schäfer are appointed Managing Directors and now form the Corporate Management together with Horst Harrer.

  • 2011

    2011
    Knopf Schäfer GmbH is awarded with the certificate for good credit rating "CrefoZert" which confirms the outstanding creditworthiness of the business.