Vihtori Luhtanen decided to start his own company in 1907. His wife designed and sewed whilst Vihtori was responsible for the sales. In the early 1910’s Vihtori Luhtanen employed two seamstresses and this was the first step towards creating his own sewing workshop.
The construction of the first industrial sewing workshop was completed in 1928 at the old business location close to the railway station in Lahti. 1944 Vihtori’s son Jaakko Luhtanen became the managing director of the company. The war years were difficult for the company, and the years immediately after the war were not easy either as there was a constant shortage of textile materials.
By the 1950’s supply and competition had returned to normal. The range of products was retrieved and more emphasis was placed on leisure wear. In the 1960’s Luhta had a huge success as a brand name in Finland and it offered a pioneering collection. New distribution channels were developed. Luhta penetrated the international markets in the early 1970’s. In the early 1980’s Luhta sales continued to grow, both in Finland and across the Continent. Luhta’s unique design was just right for the fashion trends of the day. In the 1990’s Luhta had became a group of companies and its name was changed to L-Fashion Group.
Luhta Sportswear Company
Luhta Sportswear Company gehört zu den führenden Unternehmen der Bekleidungsbranche in Europa. Der Konzern beschäftigt 1678 Mitarbeiter, hat einen Umsatz von etwa 246,7 Millionen Euro und exportiert in über 50 Länder. Neben Luhta gehören Rukka, Icepeak, Torstai, Sinisalo, Your FACE und Ril’s zu den bekanntesten Bekleidungsmarken des Konzerns. Außerdem ist das Unternehmen für den Vertrieb der Marke Li-Ning in Europa zuständig.