History

2012

The AstorMueller group and the international lifestyle brand DANIEL HECHTER PARIS have agreed on a long term cooperation starting 01 January 2013. Licensee is the DANIEL HECHTER SHOES AG, a new company founded for this purpose in the AstorMueller group. The license agreement includes women´s and men´s shoes as well as leather goods and is related to Europe, Middle East, North America, China and India. The brand DANIEL HECHTER combines french savoir vivre with sportive elegance. It is the ideal complement for the further development of the success story achieved with bugatti shoes in the last 10 years. The AstorMueller group will position DANIEL HECHTER SHOES in the upper price segment with highest quality standards. The first collection will be launched for the Fall/Winter Season 2013.

2011

Despite the fact that the footwear sector suffered a difficult year the AstorMueller group successfully managed to increase the respective market shares. In an image survey from the TextilWirtschaft about mens´ shoes bugatti shoes was elected as the top brand with the best future prospects. Also in other fields bugatti shoes was counted among the best. Overall an outstanding assessment from the footwear industry and a clear confirmation of the AstorMueller group strategy. Intensification of dialogues with potential interesting brands to extend the brand portfolio.

2010

With double-digit revenue growth the AstorMueller group can look back at one of the most successful years in its corporate history. Especially the brand bugatti shoes has further cemented its position as a leading brand in the retail market. The new brand line bugatti shoes WOMAN with their interesting collections introduced in the previous year is reaching more and more customers. To complement its brand portfolio the AstorMueller group extended its sensor in direction of international brands.

2009

With the introduction of the brand-new line "bugatti shoes woman" placed with selected retailers AstorMueller underlines once more its claim to leadership.

2008

Introduction of the sporty line "bugatti shoes denim"; in spite of the difficult economic environment bugatti shoes denim soon belong among the top sellers.

2007

Introduction of the product line „bugatti shoes casual“. The own brands “AM Shoe Company” and “AM Sports“ are sold and AstorMueller is now able to concentrate exclusively on the international brand licenses. Yearly sales increases up to 40% are achieved.

2003

Foundation of the strategic business unit „TM SPORTS“ to meet the mega trend sports-fashion; as a result it takes on the HEAD license for casual footwear.

2002

Development of the shop-in shop-systems with own partners. The wholly- owned factory in Tunisia is sold; from now on the AstorMueller group focuses itself on development and distribution throughout Europe.del.

2001

The AstorMueller group is already employing 450 people; production takes place in three European locations as well as in Vietnam and India to German quality standards.

2000

With the turn of the millennium the license for bugatti shoes is acquired; for this the company bugatti shoes gmbh is consequently formed.

1999

Formation of AstorMueller AG; move to Switzerland – Tim Torsten Müller thus masters the balancing act between the need to be close to the Italian development centre without being too far removed from the core market Germany.

1998

A new faster collection rhythm starts. Together with his Italian development team Tim Torsten Müller presents from this time on from six to eight collections on the market every year and reacts therefore – long before his competitors – to the clearly formulated needs of the trade.

1995

Tim Torsten Müller concentrates as much as possible on product development; construction of own factory in Tunisia.

1993

Move to offices belonging to the company in the industrial zone of the shoe metropolis of Pirmasens (Rhineland-Palatinate).

1990

Change of the agency into the distribution organisation "AM Company" as well as setting up their own Development Centre in Italy.

1984

Tim Torsten Müller began his professional career as a business trainee in the family enterprise.

1975

Faithful to the family tradition, his son, Hans Müller, walked in the professional footsteps of his father. Thus, between 1950 and 1975, he was working – very successfully – as a full buyer for the companies Karstadt, Leiser and GEB. Using the background of this experience Hans Müller and his wife Britta in 1975 founded their own shoe agency. In the main, Italian as well as Portuguese collections were developed and represented.

1928

The grandfather of today's owner, Johann Müller, founded the „Manufacture Johann Müller for handcrafted shoes“ in Schwelm (Westphalia). “Müller ?s” shoes soon became the epitome of high grade footwear, produced with traditional, old craftsmanship.