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Since 1892

Past and future. Two sides of the same coin.

“You have to lose track of what home is, before you can truly call it yours.”
1892

Luis Trenker was born in St. Ulrich...

in the Grödental valley, South Tyrol, son of a painter and sculptor. It comes as no surprise that he spoke both the South Tyrolean German dialect and Ladin, an ancient Raeto-Romanance dialect, as he grew up in Gröden, a melting pot of cultures. Nowadays, Ladin is only spoken in a few regions in northern Italy.
 
1912

He went to secondary school Innsbruck...

where he studied Italian as a foreign language. He had already started working as a mountain and ski guide during his time off. He recognised the strong connection existing between him and the mountains of South Tyrol.
 
1914

During World War I. ...

Luis Trenker fought in Galicia for the Austro-Hungarian Empire .

1915: His skills acquired as a mountain guide were used to fight the Italian army when the war broke out on the Alps.

1918: At the end of the war he was awarded the rank of lieutenant for his achievements.
 
1921

The first talks...

about a film begin. Arnold Fanck employed Trenker as a mountain guide for the film “Mountain of Destiny”. Ultimately, the film symbolised Trenker’s debut as an actor, as the first actor they had chosen could not climb.
 
1924

He completed his architecture studies...

in Graz, following which he opened a studio in Bozen, together with the still unknown Clemens Holzmeister. Trenker was also an athlete, competing on the Italian bobsleigh team during the 1924 Winter Olympics.

1927: Italy passed a new law which stated that only Italian degrees were valid in the country. This increasingly hampered Trenker’s efforts of working as an architect. He consequently shifted his focus on the film industry.
 
1928

Trenker debuted as a director...

with the silent film, “Fight for the Matterhorn”.

1934: “Der verlorene Sohn” (The Prodigal Son) was instrumental in Trenker’s international success. The scenes secretly filmed on the streets of New York contributed to the impact the film had on famous neorealist directors, including film legends such as Luchino Visconti, Roberto Rossellini and Vittorio de Sica.

“I felt so alone and small beholding this enormous city… that’s when I thought: I simply have to film here.”

To the movie box
 
1936

“The Emperor of California” represented...

his acclaimed break into Hollywood. He filmed the deserts of the western hemisphere by consciously portraying them as a spectacular and threatening environment. The film is still considered one of the best European westerns of all times.
 
1938

“The Mountain Calls” represented...

his most successful film as a director and main actor, offering its viewers the first ascent of the Matterhorn.

”Trenker’s film is the portrayal of pure mountaineering performance and becomes the symbol of man’s relation with nature” (Heyne’s Film Lexicon, 1996)

“The Langkofel for us represents the same that the Matterhorn does for Switzerland. I’d hazard that it [the Langkofel] is slightly less intimidating, more beautiful, and more Gothic in appearance.” (Luis Trenker)
 
1950

”Mountain smugglers” was Marianne Hold’s

stepping stone to the film industry and yet another success for Trenker. The book was published in 1951 and represented Trenker’s success as an author, too.

1955: “Flucht in die Dolomiten” (Escape to the Dolomites) is a film which stands out for its spectacular and impressive scenes and just as impressive actors.

 
1959

The legendary series...

„Luis Trenker erzählt“ (Luis Trenker’s stories) was broadcast in Bavaria. Trenker recounted thrilling stories from his life, drawing the attention of a young audience.

1965: Luis Trenker often filmed documentaries on the South Tyrolean landscapes and its unique flora and fauna.

1974: Trenker was a founding member of the Bavarian section of the “Freier Deutscher Autorenverband” (The Free Association of German Authors). At one point, he was also its President.
 
1990

Luis Trenker passed away...

at 97 in Bozen and is buried in the family plot in St. Ulrich in Gröden. The town of St. Ulrich built the Luis Trenker Promenade in his honour.

“Even when the names of the big stars […] are nearly forgotten, there will be no one who doesn’t know his name when seeing one of his films or reading something about mountains.” (Carl Zuckmayer speaking about Luis Trenker)
 
1995

South Tyrolean brothers...

Michi and Hansjörg Klemera, found the Luis Trenker fashion brand in Bozen together with their Bavarian business partner, MEINDL.

2000: The Klemera brothers end their cooperation with Meindl. Michi Klemera becomes the sole responsible for Luis Trenker. The brand goes from strength to strength and starts attracting growing attention.
 
2003

LUIS TRENKER & FRIENDS ...

is the first Luis Trenker shop to open in Munich.

2004: Ursula Grubelnik, owner of Trachten & Mode Peter in Windischgarsten (Upper Austria), includes a section for Luis Trenker clothing in her existing store.
 
2005

Luis Trenker is awarded...

“Brand of the Year” and “Best Outfit Man” during the ‘2005 autumn ISPO vision’.

July: Luis Trenker is once again awarded “Brand of the Year”; it also wins the “Best Outfit Woman” category for the first time.
 
2006

Luis Trenker starts cooperating...

with Land Rover, producing a concept car sporting its
unmistakeable design.

Spring: Luis Trenker wins five out of seven awards during the ‘2006 autumn ISPO vision’: Brand of the Year, Designer of the Year, Best Outfit Woman, Best Footwear Woman, Best Footwear Man.

Autumn: Luis Trenker takes the opportunity of showcasing its new ski collection during the presentation of its winter collection. The Brazilian team sports Luis Trenker clothing during the Turin Winter Olympics. The German ski team does the same during the Turin Paralympic Games that same year.
 
2007

A Luis Trenker store opens...

in Switzerland, followed by the Luis Trenker Showroom in Salzburg. The cooperation with Land Rover continues with the creation of a Range Rover Sport car designed with its unmistakeable flair.

2008: The dreams of Andrea Arnold and Bernd Grötzinger are brought to life with the new Luis Trenker shop in Kitzbühel. The ‘shop in a shop’ concept is born, debuting in the Oberrauch Zitt stores in Bozen and Vintl (South Tyrol).
 
2009

The Luis Trenker baby collection debuts...

during a fashion show in St. Ulrich, the birthplace of Luis Trenker. Michi Klemera introduces the Luis Trenker Teddy Bears. The sales proceeds go to the “Südtiroler Ärzte ohne Grenzen” association (South Tyrolean Doctors Without Borders).

The brand makes the leap to social media by opening a Facebook page called ‘Original Luis World’. The Luis Trenker Hotel Suite concept, designed with OLTREMODO, a hotel furniture company, together with the limited edition infra-red Luis Trenker cubicle, are presented during the Luis Trenker Style Night in September in the town of Bozen.

In October, the Luis Trenker Health Post becomes active in Wolisso, Ethiopia. This is where, together with the “Südtiroler Ärzte für die 3. Welt“ (South Tyrolean Doctors for the Third World), they take care of children and adults in need of medical attention.

In December, the Bergdorf Priesteregg in Leogang, Salzburg, welcomes the first ever Luis Trenker Suite.
 
2010

The first Luis Trenker online shop...

goes live. The ninth ‘shop in shop’ opens in December in the Sport Mitterer in Leogang, Salzburg, together with the first Luis Trenker Chalet in St. Anton am Arlberg, which impressively showcases the brand in the smallest of spaces. The Alpin Lifestyle Hotel Kronthaler am Achensee welcomes a Luis Trenker Suite.

2011: The Hotel zum Rosenbaum in Nals welcomes the fourth Luis Trenker Suite.

April: A Luis Trenker shop opens in Keitum, bringing the Alpine way of life to Sylt. Another ‘shop in shop’ opens in Munich, in the Oberpollinger.
 
2012

Luis Trenker moves...

to the northern tower of the Salewa HQ in Bozen.

In the meantime, the fifth Luis Trenker Suite is designed in the 4-star Superior Hotel Alpin Juwel in Saalbach Hinterglemm in the Salzburg Land.

Luis Trenker creates the probably highest fashion photoshoot in the world, reaching nearly 4,000 metres in altitude on the summit of the Ortler.
 
2013

In February, Luis Trenker presents its new outdoor collection...

at the ‘ISPO vision’ in Munich: BERG. The collection will go on sale at the end of the year.
Following the cooperation with Land Rover, the ISPO in Munich is also the stage of the presentation of the new Range Rover Sport Fashion Edition, a limited edition sporting an unmistakeable ‘Luis Trenker’ flair.

December: the sixth Luis Trenker Shop opens in Davos, Switzerland.
 
2014

Luis Trenker launches...

the Luis Trenker Hotelkosmetik, its very own beauty line offered in selected hotels. Another ‘shop in shop’ opens in Fiss, Tirol.

2015: Luis Trenker takes the ISPO in Munich by storm with its two-story stall, reminiscent of an old mountain sport shop, which also includes the nostalgic “Trenkers Mode & Sport Revue“ (Trenker’s Fashion & Sport Revue).

The new Luis Trenker website is revamped and goes live.