In our historical, classical and typically hanseatic store in the heart of Hamburg, ladies and gentlemen with a passion for high quality clothing, hand welted shoes and lovingly selected accessories will find their perfect outfit for almost any occasion. We are a real treasury for collectors, hunters and salon lions - as well as male or female.
We are an English clothing magazine and have remained a family business since the founding in 1845. Ladage & Oelke belongs to Hamburg like the Michel & the Elbe and has an extraordinary history to look back on. Join us on a trip back in time....
The two salesman Georg Wilhelm Carl Ladage and Johann Diedrich Wilhelm Oelke found their cloth store Ladage & Oelke in the new building "Alsterarkaden" and "Neuer Wall 11".
The fabric store gets expanded with an own tailoring department which until the end of the 19th century has up to 110 tailors. At that time we boasted ourselves with getting anything a man needs to dress done inside six hours.
Grand opening of our stores in Hongkong and Shanghai. Introduction of ready-to-wear clothing.
Opening of the Yokohama branch.
Grand opening of the Ladage & Oelke dependance in Bremen.
Georg Wilhelm Carl Ladage leaves the company.
Closure of the Asian stores.
The owner Johann Diedrich Wilhelm Oelke dies of a heart attack at the train station "Dammtorbahnhof".
The widow Oelke passes the company on to her brother Julius Franck. Ladage & Oelke is assigned to Hamburg's commercial registry with the number 7793.
The clothing range gets expanded with products for car drivers.
Death of the owner Julius Franck.
One of Julius Francks sons Rolf Franck takes over the company‘s ownership and rebuilds it after the Second Wordl War.
Development of the Ladage & Oelke-Dufflecoat, which stayed just as the original eversince.
Transition from bespoke tailoring to made-to-measure tailoring.
Substantial damage to the building due to a fire in the morning of the 31. december 1989.
Move of the shops temporary location to the "Neuer Wall 75".
Death of Rolf Franck. Leadership transition to his only son Heinrich Franck.
Completion of the original shops refurbishment, which was rebuilt as close to the original as possible and introducing the new shoe and women‘s wear department on the 1st floor.
Grand opening of the shoe shop "Crossfords Number One" in the "Colonnaden 21".
Just on time for the 170th birthday the clothing magazine reopens after a 5 day closure to shine with new lighting, fresh paint and refurnishing of some of the old furniture.
Close-down of the shoe store "Crossford‘s Number One" for concentrating the whole shoe programm at the main store.
We are always on the look out for new, interesting and high quality products. No matter if it's clothing, shoes or other accessories. Anything that is passionately made and lovingly selected is just perfect for our shop, if the price is in a reasonable proportion to the product. We also like searching beneath the radar and love looking at the wider picture inside our branch of industry. Not just going for the "big players" but also looking at smaller companies and finding new solutions for problems in the past. We also value good consultation and are even happy to let you leave without buying anything, than trying to sell you something that clearly doesn't suit you or makes feel rather uncomfortable. Besides, not everything suits everyone and we surely wouldn't want to try and change your personality, but cement it with the way you dress. Of course or main goal is to make you feel happy, comfortable and hopefully make you want to come back and pay us a visit anytime again in the future.
Of course sometimes things can go wrong but that is exactly when we are happy if we get a feedback from you so we can solve any still remaining problems as fast and as efficient as possible. We will also be there for you when our products have found the way into your closet and our compact old-fashioned door has closed behind you.