It all started in Zeitz, Germany, where Hellmut Röhnisch was born in 1916. Hellmut escaped Nazi Germany and together with two friends, he set out, mostly on foot, through Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, through Finland, and finally reaching the Swedish border at Haparanda.
In 1945 Hellmut competes in gymnastics and just days after receiving Swedish citizenship, he won the gold medal representing his new country. The same year, Röhnisch was founded and established as a supplier in gymnastics equipment. In the 1950s, Röhnisch innovates the industry by introducing “Sockiplast” to the market, a gymnastic sock with a non-slip coating. Hellmut found love in the Swedish beauty Margareta and in 1943, Hellmut married his fellow gymnast. Margareta Röhnisch would later become the Swedish champion in curling.
Inspired by the American actress, Jane Fonda, and the huge aerobic trend in the 1980s, Röhnisch expands into active apparel for women.
A decade later, Röhnisch is one of the first to introduce microfiber in activewear. Microfiber, a soft, light material made from very thin artificial threads, is designed to wick moisture away from the body, keeping the skin dry and cool. Super elastic in nature, microfiber is the perfect material for sportswear.
In 2000, Röhnisch takes the position as an all-female brand with the empowering tagline, “For women, by women.” Since the very beginning, Röhnisch has challenged industry standards and elevated the voice of active women. We are proud to work with an all female design team, making sure to put fit, function and comfort for the female body first.
For 75 years, we have had the ambition to lead change. We’ve developed highly functional tights, tops and sports bras to fit different shapes and forms perfectly. Amongst our most loved products are our compressive shape tights, our compressive sports bras and our comfortable and flattering tops.
"We celebrate the women we design for. Our strength, power and diversity."
In 2020 we are celebrating our 75th anniversary. We’re humbled, thankful and proud of every piece of history that has taken us to this point. We are proud over the passion, hard work and knowledge that lies behind every piece in our collection.