To the future through the past

enSoie’s story began in 1894 as a silk-trading company. Today the store and atelier are situated in the old town of Zürich and run by founder Monique Meier and her daughters Eleonore, Sophie and Anna. The brand is known for its creativity and artistic explorations. At enSoie we design and produce our products ourselves, partnering always with the best craftspeople and artists to reinterpret traditional techniques and experiment with all kinds of materials. The company aims to offer unique, long-lasting, essential items; precious pieces lovingly designed and produced locally – and sometimes even manufactured in-house, with absolutely no risk to you or our planet.

Familie Meier, enSoie

1894

Founding of the textile company “Königsberger, Schimmelburg & Cie” in Zürich.

1902

The Viennese tradesmen Edmund Brauchbar and the brothers Emil, Sigmund and Jakob take over the business.

Abraham & Brauchbar Family

1914

The name is changed to “Abraham, Brauchbar & Co.”

1940

Rudolf Brauchbar & Co., Zürich. Rudolf und Florie Brauchbar.

Rudolf Brauchbar & Cie.

1976

Rudolf Brauchbar & Co., Zürich. Family Meier

1979

Monique Meier becomes director and opens the first retail store at Oetenbachgasse 13, 8001 Zürich.

Monique Meier in Paris

Yello was formed.

Dieter Meier and Boris Blank

1984

The name is changed into “Sourire enSoie AG, Zürich”. Textile designer Ines Boesch joins the company.
Raphael, Francis, Monique, Eleonore, Ines, Ruben, Sophie and Anna (from left to right).

Meier and Boesch Family

1984

The enSoie rabbit becomes a part of the company’s logo and its products as a cheerful mascot.

enSoie logo, old

The second retail store opens at Strehlgasse 26, with the brand name “enSoie”.
The “Haus zum Kleinen Kindli” was built in the 14th century and rebuilt in the 17th century, where it got extended to four floors.
It features a 1692 stateroom with stucco ceiling by Samuel Höscheller (1630 – 1713).

Haus zum Kindli

1985

The production of the first enSoie silk foulard. An item that soon became an essential part of the brand identity. Condensing the artistic dreams and wishes in a piece of silk.

 

enSoie foulards

1987

Costumes for the movie “The Lightmaker” by Dieter Meier.

Light Maker by Dieter Meier

The company’s premises have been enriched by objects cast in bronze since the late 1980s, such as the dancing rabbits (1987), enSoie’s iconic symbol and lucky mascot, or the grand chandelier (1990). At enSoie we pursue long-lasting collaborative relationships with selected local artisanal manufacturers and partners from abroad.

Monique Meier

1990

When you hold our trademark checked Vichy ceramics in your hand, it’s all thanks to Ms Justyna Babel-Piktel and her team. A long-time friend of enSoie founder Monique Meier and a stellar partner since 1990, she was born in 1954 into a traditional Polish pottery family - the master ceramicist and professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw knows that all things beautiful are unique and imperfection is a quality. That is why she and her highly skilled team cast and paint everything by hand. Their mastery manifests itself in the intricate details and the one-of-a-kind quality of our ceramic range.

Justyna Piktel

1990

Silver, buttons, jewellery: S.K. Joshi in Kolkata, India.

Radhika Joshi

1992

Goldsmiths studio; Collaboration with the gold- and silversmith, Sebastian Fässler, who leads the studio in the canton of Appenzell, Switzerland for the fifth generation.

Sebastian Fässler

1994

Monique and Dieter Meier take over the majority of shares from “Sourire enSoie AG”.

Monique & Dieter Meier

1995

Further flagship stores open in Düsseldorf, Germany and Palm Beach, USA.
Formulation of an own perfume in Florence, whose traditional making and natural essences allowed only little product quantity.

enSoie perfume

1996

Opening of the store in New York, USA.

1998

“Hasenzauber” exhibition in museum Bellerive, Zürich.

Hasenzauber enSoie Ausstellung

2005

The “Haus zum Kleinen Kindli” at Strehlgasse 26 is listed under preservation orders.

Zum Kleinen Kindli

2013

Anna Meier assumes design and creative direction.

Anna Meier

2013

Opening of the store in Los Angeles, USA. Eleonore & Rafael Palacio Illingworth Meier.

enSoie LA opening

2014

Cookbook by Sophie Meier and Myriam Zumbühl.

Sophie Meier & Myriam Zumbühl

2014

Family Joshi open a partner store in Kolkatta, India.

Team enSoie Kolkata

2016

Opening of the “Café enSoie by VICAFE” at Lindentreppe, Strehlgasse 26, 8001 Zürich.

Nadia at le cafe ensoie by vicafe

2017

Reconstruction and opening of the first floor at Strehlgasse 26.

Anna in front of cushions

2018

In spring 2018 we opened our very first kids store 'petit enSoie'.
At petit enSoie we offer unique, long-lasting, essential items; precious pieces lovingly designed and fair produced.

petit enSoie
Kids store
Rindermarkt 23
8001 Zürich, Switzerland