MAINPOL was founded in 1975 and forms part of a globally operating network.
MAINPOL already made the internationality and interweaving of world trade its credo when Austrian Hans Dieter Pöll and Uruguayan Miguel Shlafrok together founded the company in the city of Offenbach/Germany.
The two founding fathers are certified leather technicians and master tanners, and come from families that run their own tanneries in their respective countries. It goes without saying that this created optimal conditions for the product that helped MAINPOL to grow over the next decades.
At the time of its founding, MAINPOL's operations were focussed on its own production, import and trade with outerwear crafted from genuine leather. Textile materials were added to the product range at around the turn of the millennium, and set in motion the company's transformation from a leather specialist to a supplier of innovative outerwear.
As a result, the customer base expanded from the initially supplied boutiques right through to large corporations that nowadays avail themselves of MAINPOL's expertise, trend certainty and punctuality of delivery. The transformation thus set in motion covered several of the company’s business units and made for greatly enhanced advisory services for our customers by way of the Fashion Input made available by MAINPOL. This service stems from our own highly talented design department, supported by our professional implementation of clothing ideas and creations.
MAINPOL's private-label business was made what it is today with the setting up of its own brand FREAKY NATION. This brand acts as a showcase for our in-house design activities and represents MAINPOL's DNA with leather jackets in the strongly fashionable segment. Today, FREAKY NATION designs several product groups.
The intensive sewing work involved in the textile industry means that the sector is frequently present in developing countries. The many years of activity in this sphere of work have made for a corporate culture of plurality and humility at MAINPOL. The work in the manufacturing countries has given rise to the consciousness at MAINPOL that the standard of living in Germany is not to be taken for granted. In addition to the continuous strengthening of the supply chain, the desire also developed to help in particular those people unable to achieve a better standard of living through their own work.
The creation of the SafeNet brand made MAINPOL a provider of products that save thousands of lives every day, especially in developing countries. SafeNet products are used for malaria prophylactic purposes and to protect those who are helpless without medical support.
SafeNet has been awarded the WHOPES certificate by the World Health Organization. NGOs, the United Nations and its organizations ensure the distribution of the mosquito nets, which are financed by donations, in epidemic areas. SafeNet products from MAINPOL contribute to social sustainability and create an antithesis to the clothing segment which is often negatively associated with fast fashion and transience.
MAINPOL operates today in a world in which trade inevitably links the fates of many people. Our corporate network is growing and enabling employees all along the supply chain and our customers in the apparel trade to break new ground.
The company’s two founders Pöll and Shlafrok are active in the company's day-to-day business and, by founding MAINPOL, have created a global player that meets social responsibility. The succession planning of the executive tier is ensured as the future generation is already working in responsibile positions at the company.