The circular knitting machines used were invented in 1798 and in 1836 they were introduced to the Swabian Jura. They produced cotton products which were much more comfortable than the linen underwear common at the time Balthasar Merz founded his clothing manufactory “Merz b. Schwanen” in 1911, with the profession being carried through several generations of his family until the company was closed eventually. The descendants of Balthasar Merz allowed P. Plotnicki to use the brand name in order to carry on the family’s tradition and history. Working man’s apparel from the twenties, thirties, and forties was his inspiration. All clothes are made primarily of pure cotton, but also of original fabrics like cotton-wool- and cotton-rayon mix. One of the many unique characteristics of the Merz b. Schwanen collection is the irregular weaving pattern without a side seam the authentic circular knitting machines produce.