History

130 years

 

Lingerie & Swimwear with Heart

Today

Anita has earned an excellent reputation as a provider of high-end lingerie and swimwear fashion. The five product lines Rosa Faia, Anita since 1886, Anita maternity, Anita care and Anita active serve very different target groups, but have several things in common:

Excellent fit, optimal comfort and outstanding quality.  

“Our objective in all our product developments has always been to cater to the very special requirements and body types of women. We create the perfect bra that will fit any woman – including those with plenty of curves and a large bust. Our lingerie flatters the female form and is so comfortable to wear that you might forget that it is there. We develop solutions for the various life situations of women – be it everyday life or a special occasion: Sports, maternity and also the very special situation a woman finds herself in after a mastectomy."

Georg Weber-Unger

2000 - 2018

Founding of sales subsidiaries in the United States, Portugal, Belgium, Spain and Poland.

New construction of our global logistics centre in Kufstein and the start of Anita's ‘Asian investments’.

Founding of own manufacturing companies in Thailand and Myanmar.

Acquisition of our importers in Italy and Canada, and founding of Anita Group companies.

New building for the company's head office in Brannenburg.

1990 - 2000

Georg Weber-Unger becomes CEO and the internationalisation of the company begins.

Founding of sales subsidiaries in France, the UK, Switzerland, Holland and construction of own production facilities in Austria, the Czech Republic and Portugal.

1960 - 1990

Dr. Christine Weber-Unger was a very clever businesswoman with an excellent nose for new and promising niche markets.

She recognised the potential of lingerie and swimwear aimed specifically at the special requirements of women, and began developing models for pregnancy and nursing, as well as products for women after a mastectomy.

1949

A New Start in the West

Dr. Walter Helbig's daughter Christine moved to Upper Bavaria in 1949. Working with her husband, Dr. Heinrich Weber-Unger, she founded Anita Dr. Helbig GmbH in the idyllic town of Brannenburg, where she continued the underwear traditions of Dresden.

“The seed capital consisted of salvaged machinery and cut patterns”, explains CEO Georg Weber-Unger.

The very first production facility was located at the old castle brewery in Brannenburg, where the sewing machines were set up.

1945 / 1946

A New Start in the East

After the bombardment and complete destruction of the production facilities in Dresden, a new beginning came after the war, in what was now East Germany under Soviet occupation.

During those years, Russia was the most important raw materials supplier and, at the same time, our largest customer for corset products. In 1971, the manufacturing facilities in Dresden were confiscated by the East German communist regime and became state-owned.

1930

Anita Dr. Helbig GmbH, with 300 seamstresses working in Dresden
and an annual turnover of 17 million Reichsmark, develops into
a key manufacturer of corsets

1917

Anita is taken over in 1917 
by Dr. Walter Helbig,
the grandfather of the current
owner, Georg Weber-Unger

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1910

The very first trusses and hernia binders
are developed and manufactured here

1900

The first Anita corset goes into production

1886

The economy was thriving when Ernst Max Helbig laid the foundations for our company in Dresden – the industry was booming, and companies and inventions cropped up everywhere.
Ernst Max Helbig dedicated his company to the production of suspenders and products for special medical requirements, but soon extended the portfolio to include garters, corsets, girdles – and the very first bras.

However, the models designed back then had very little resemblance to lingerie as we know it today. Women's underwear at the end of the 19th century was designed to flatten female curves, create graceful waists and keep the wearer warm. Women were actually lugging around something in the area of five pounds worth of underwear alone!

In the years that followed, Anita made a name for itself on the German market as a leading provider of specialist shapewear. The company employed 300 seamstresses and achieved an annual turnover of 17 million Reichsmark.

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