A great Passion’s History

The best stories are those that tell of a great passion. As the history of VAUDE. It begins with the enthusiasm of Albrecht von Dewitz for mountain sports. In the thin mountain air of the Alps, it matures in 1974, a daring idea – he makes his hobby into a profession and founded the company VAUDE naming it after his initials, v. D. (pronounced [fau’de]).


Company formation

In 1974, in the thin mountain air of the Alps, a daring idea matures – Albrecht turns his hobby into a profession and founds the company VAUDE, naming it after his initials.


New headquarter in Obereisenbach near Tettnang

VAUDE moves the company headquarters to Obereisenbach in Southern Germany, dedicating its new building, which has since then been continuously expanded, adapting to the growing


Founding of the product area Bike Sports

VAUDE founds the product range Bike Sports, which offers clothing and accessories for cyclists.


Founding of the Packs’n Bags product area

VAUDE founds the product range Packs’n Bags with fashionably functional bags and back packs collections.



VAUDE is the first outdoor company to produce an entire product range (Base Layer) under the strict environmental bluesign® standards.


Antje von Dewitz

Albrecht von Dewitz’ daughter Antje von Dewitz takes over Company Management at VAUDE.


Introduction of Green Shape

Introduction of Green Shape. Green Shape is your VAUDE guarantee for environmentally-friendly products – made from sustainable materials and resource-conserving manufacturing.



The WWF Germany and VAUDE seal a wide-ranging cooperation in environmental protection.


Climate neutrality

Climate neutrality: The VAUDE company headquarters and all products manufactured there are climate neutral.


Fair Wear Foundation

In 2015, VAUDE reached the highest possible performance category as “Leader”. This status is attained when companies have at least 90% of their total production manufactured in facilities that are monitored in accordance with FWF requirements.


Made in Germany

The newly built VAUDE Manufaktur production facility at the company headquarters in Tettnang begins operation, helping VAUDE to expand its Made in Germany production which includes high quality panniers and bags. Production in this facility is 100% climate neutral as well as EMAS and bluesign certified.