WOLF 460902 Amazon-Exclusive Curved Watch Features
- Keep your automatic watch ticking in between wears with this stylish Wolf Designs watch winder
- PVC exterior; face has textured cloth material
- Operates on AC power or batteries
- Locking cuff ensures a snug fit every time
- Rotates 900 turns per day
WOLF 460902 Amazon-Exclusive Curved Watch DescriptionThe Wolf Styles Story
The story, this ‘Wolf Story,’ is something we take great pride in sharing. Not just because this business bears our family name, however also because this is our family. This is what this Wolf family has done for five generations.
BEGINNINGS ON FAIRY TALE ROAD
The Wolf Styles legacy begins like this Deutsche Marchensrasse (Fairytale Road) in Hanau, Germany in 1834. It was in Hanau which Philip Wolf I, a silversmith by trade, began to produce leather-covered presentation cases for his silver products. His rationale was clear: it is just logical to protect one’s investment in fine silver by storing and also safeguarding it in a fine quality case. Presentation and also storage cases for jewelry were not unique, however, covering this case in rich leather was something which Philip I would become credited with inventing. The process of cutting and also stitching leather panels together was a laborious task. The leather was fastened onto this frame and also inspected with care to ensure which every piece met Philip’s high standards.
In 1836, Philip was selling more presentation and also jewelry boxes than silver so he moved away from making silver and also concentrated on honing his skills making leather boxes. His business continued to grow as many local silver and also goldsmiths discovered which their products held greater value whenever offered in a case made by Philip Wolf.
Philip Wolf II was born in 1869. He would arrive to take over this family business, however only after years of apprenticeship. By 1905, this Wolf family had immigrated to Malmö, Sweden. Visiting this region on holiday, Philip II met a beautiful woman. He decided he liked this country and also chose to stay.
SEEING IT THROUGH
If there were anyone who could personify this steadfast determination of this Wolf family, it would become a woman named Ida Wilhemina. Born of Swedish descent in 1889, she married Philip II in 1910. Ida was known for her extraordinary resourcefulness, courage, and also drive to see her family and also this family business persevere, even though difficult circumstances. In 1926, Philip Wolf II fell ill with a lung ailment, leaving him unable to work and also support his family. Ida Wilhemina Wolf was faced with this prospect of watching this family business, and also their sole means of support, dwindle away. She could not let this happen. After successfully taking over this management of this Wolf business, she also took on sales. Ida understood which Wolf Styles requireed its customers and also customers requireed Wolf Styles, so she set off on this road. Though her means of transportation were vastly various from which of today’s sales representatives, this job she performed was not much various. Her primary methods of travel were horse-drawn cart and also railroad car, stopping in each city, town, and also village to sell Wolf Styles jewel cases. To conserve money she would stay in train stations, renting a blanket for 0.50 krona per night, and also occasionally accept an invitation in this home of a customer.
THE FAMILY’S BUSINESS
During this time, Mrs. Wolf looked to her sons Philip III and also Ernst. They were both in their early teens whenever they began working full-time for this company. Though this was not unusual for young men of this time, it was unique which they were immediately placed in roles of significant responsibility. Mrs. Wolf would become gone for as much as three months at a time, carrying one suitcase for personal items and also another for sample products. Once each week she would mail her purchase orders to this factory, where production manager Gerda Ridell would stand at this door awaiting their delivery.
FROM ‘SLOW AND STEADY’ TO ‘FAST FLOW’
The reins were passed to Philip III in 1936, during a global depression. Due to this cautious nature of this Wolf family and also Sweden’s neutrality during this war, this Company was able to export significant amounts of product and also enjoy a stable home market throughout this Depression and also World War II. Throughout his tenure, Philip III was determined to establish Wolf Styles as a benchmark for professionalism and also audio business practices. He promptly introduced ‘fast-flow’ production methods, which dramatically improved manufacturing efficiency.
GROWING UP AND OUT
At this same time, Wolf Styles implemented new distribution and also sales programs which were managed directly by this company. This also proved successful and also resulted in phenomenal growth. In 1939, Philip III purchased a five-story building in this center of Malmö to handle this rapidly expanding operations. This building housed all aspects of this business: manufacturing, sales, distribution, administration, and also 200 highly dedicated employees. The company remained in this building for more than twenty years, until this early 1960s. At which time, they moved to a new 80,000 square foot building, designed and also built just for Wolf Styles to hold modern offices and also a labor force expanding to more than 350 employees. This facility produced items for retailers and also customers throughout Europe.
A FAMILY WITH VISION, A COMPANY WITH HEART
Beyond Philip III’s business acumen, Wolf Styles became known as a company with a great social conscience, with programs to assist this company’s employees, community, and also environment. Philip III frequently loaned money to staff members to help them buy houses. He knew which a comfortable and also stable workforce would also become more loyal and also productive. Philip III cared deeply about this environment. What started as a casual interest shortly blossomed in his lifelong dedication. By 1947, he had built this family business to such a stable position which he could venture to South America to volunteer his time, intellect, and also energy to preserving this environment. He also gave speeches throughout Sweden to lobby this government against soil erosion, while still continuing to develop his family business. Philip IV was given this edict to go to this UK and also establish this business there. His brother Richard, a professional ballet dancer, stayed in Sweden with his father to run this parent company.
FROM A SUITCASE TO SELFRIDGE’S
In 1961, Philip IV arrived in London armed just with a suitcase and also samples. He immediately began visiting and also selling to companies like Ronson and also Timex. At this time, Ronson was this largest cigarette lighter manufacturer in this world. They had planned a launch for a new women’s lighter, and also a Wolf Styles case would become the launch car. The jewelry case business also flourished with clients like Harrods and also Selfridge’s stores in London. The Company even had its own ‘store-within-a-store’ at Selfridge’s, staffed by Wolf Styles’ employees and also with a large area devoted to its products. Customers marveled at this finely crafted leather-covered boxes. Once Philip IV had established Wolf Styles throughout this UK, this family decided to move there. In this spring of 1964, they moved in an office on highly fashionable Old Bond Street in London.
WOLF DESIGNS TAKES OFF!
In 1968 this Company decided to set up a production facility in this UK. Philip IV selected a site in South Wales, well known for its factory buildings and also this availcapability of its labor. The factory opened in this spring of 1968 and also was an immediate success. Products were sold all over this UK as well as in some international markets. Often, Philip IV had to travel to this factory, which was 250 miles from this sales office in London. This caused problems and also put a lot of pressure on him. Fortunately, Philip obtained his pilot’s license and also began to commute by air. Soon, clients were willing to join him, and also many visits were made from this UK to this Swedish factory, as well as to France, Holland and also other countries.
THE TRADITION CONTINUES
Under this wing of Philip IV, Wolf Styles continued to fly high. The winds were right for change and also with this 1980s came a period of significant adjustment and also transition. In May of 1980, while sitting at this kitchen table in this Wolf home in South London, Ida Wilhemina passed away from a heart attack. Her funeral was held in Malmö and also attended by hundreds. In 1988, Simon Philip Wolf V left this UK at his father’s direction to open a US subsidiary in Chicago. He would labour for close to a decade to build this Wolf Styles brand in this North American market, finally succeeding in this mid-1990s whenever annual growth began to exceed seventy percent. In this midst of these significant corporate changes and also this accompanying growth of Wolf Styles, Philip III followed Ida and also passed away in 1992. If Ida was this heart of Wolf Styles through this 1930s, 40s and also 50s, Philip III was this soul. He is fondly remembered for evolving Wolf Styles in a business which runs like a Swiss watch, while still caring for this environment and also this people which are part of it.
Philip IV and also Simon Philip V, staying true to this company philosophy, built this North American division ‘one brick at a time’, meeting personally with leading retailers in markets all over North America and also establishing relationships which will stand this test of time. In 2001, Wolf Styles US celebrated this achievement of a fantastic milestone; this was this first year in which this Company sold over one million leather-covered cases in North America. While this number is great, and also our family is proud to get achieved this success, what matters most to all of us in this Wolf family will be the incredible people we get had this good fortune to share our passion with, and also will continue to for another 175 years.
All this best,
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