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History

1945 - 1949
O.J. Müller
Shortly after returning from war captivity in 1945, Otto Johannes Müller possessed the optimism to found a small business. Things were difficult to begin with. The company founder had almost no funds, premises or material. 

In a wash kitchen, bristles were boiled, animal hair processed and, besides brushes, essential items such as lights were produced as these were needed in every household due to the constant power cuts. The first products still left Stützengrün on horse-drawn carts. 

To this day, a logo in the form of a mill (Mühle) – what else – adorns each product.
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1950 - 1959
Ups and downs
The business grew, workers could be employed and the company began to specialise in the manufacture of shaving brushes. The first export customers were acquired. Mühle products were delivered to Greece, Russia and Arab countries. The shipments were taken by horse-drawn cart to the railway station in the neighbouring town. 

In 1949, a fire destroyed the entire company building – a wooden shed of the former Reich Labour Service – and with it all materials and stocks. Not even this setback could discourage Johannes Müller. The company was able to use the premises of a former local textile firm.
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1960 - 1969
Full employment
In 1963, goods were already being exported to 36 countries. The company continued to grow and was soon employing around 40 people.

Following the early death of the company founder in December 1965, his son Hans-Jürgen, who had just completed his studies, took over the management of the company.
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1970 - 1979
Dispossession
In 1970, the company moved into a new production and administration building at the previous location. At this time, the main customers were state trading companies in the GDR and its "socialist sister countries".

Private businesses were a thorn in the flesh of the GDR leadership. Under pressure from the state, the owners were forced to sell their businesses for a low price. On 17 April 1972, O. J. Müller KG became a Publicly Owned Operation (VEB). In the time that followed, more and more individual businesses were merged to form larger units.
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1980 - 1989
VEB & Good bye
Ultimately, the former private business became Production Facility 6 of the operating section for brush manufacturing of the VEB Flamingo-Bürsten Schönheide, a large-scale operation with more than 3,000 staff. This facility incorporated everything that made brushes in the former GDR.

Hans Jürgen left this operation in 1987 to found a craft enterprise manufacturing brushes which belonged to the Stützengrün brush makers' cooperative.
1990 - 1995
New beginning
Following the major political changes in 1989, the possibility for the reprivatisation of the company arose in 1990, when it was renamed Hans Jürgen Müller KG. In November 1990, a new chapter in the company history began. Hans-Jürgen Müller recalls: "I always expected the initial situation to be difficult, but what we found was much worse."

All the previous customers had disappeared off the radar. Of the more than 30 staff, only four could be kept in employment. For nearly three years the firm fought to survive. From the mid-1990s things gradually improved. It was possible to re-employ former staff members. With quality and flexibility, new customers were acquired. In the same year, the company celebrated its 50th anniversary.
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1996 - 2007
Upswing
In the following years, we extended the product programme to form a high-quality full range for the nurturing wet shave. The location grew, undergoing modernisation and expansion. In 2005, the 60th anniversary of the brand, 30 percent of the products were already being exported once again.

Since 2006 we have maintained our complete collection of high-quality shaving accessories and care products under the umbrella brand "MÜHLE" (formerly MÜHLE-Pinsel). A new, classic-modern corporate and packaging design was developed.

A place of inspiration for us and our guests from all over the world is the MÜHLE COLLECTION, opened in 2006. Some 2,000 exhibits from 200 years of history tell informative and curious tales about the art of shaving.

In the following years, we extended the product programme to form a high-quality full range for the nurturing wet shave. The location grew, undergoing modernisation and expansion. In 2005, the 60th anniversary of the brand, 30 percent of the products were already being exported once again.

Since 2006 we have maintained our complete collection of high-quality shaving accessories and care products under the umbrella brand "MÜHLE" (formerly MÜHLE-Pinsel). A new, classic-modern corporate and packaging design was developed.

A place of inspiration for us and our guests from all over the world is the MÜHLE COLLECTION, opened in 2006. Some 2,000 exhibits from 200 years of history tell informative and curious tales about the art of shaving.

In the following years, we extended the product programme to form a high-quality full range for the nurturing wet shave. The location grew, undergoing modernisation and expansion. In 2005, the 60th anniversary of the brand, 30 percent of the products were already being exported once again.

Since 2006 we have maintained our complete collection of high-quality shaving accessories and care products under the umbrella brand "MÜHLE" (formerly MÜHLE-Pinsel). A new, classic-modern corporate and packaging design was developed.

A place of inspiration for us and our guests from all over the world is the MÜHLE COLLECTION, opened in 2006. Some 2,000 exhibits from 200 years of history tell informative and curious tales about the art of shaving.
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2008 - 2014
Progress and focus
Spacious new buildings meeting high ecological and industrial standards have almost doubled the area for series production, logistics and administration. In 2010, the site was extended into a fully integrated company with exemplary inhouse production depth.

To mark our 65th anniversary we presented the most extensive collective since the brand came into existence. In 2010, the designed-oriented portfolio for wet shaving accessories was broken down into the main series "CLASSIC", "MODERN" and "BASIC" (now "INTRO").

A minor revolution in the history of the shaving brush: in 2011, as an alternative to the natural hair quaities silvertip and pure badger, we introduced high-quality synthetic fibres in the form of our own development "Black Fibre" and the premium quality "Silbertip Fibre®".

In 2012 we launched our first, BDIH-certified natural cosmetic series under the label MÜHLE ORGANIC: a cleary structured, purely vegan care programme with seven products made from select naural raw materials such as precious argan oil for the face, body and hair.

Design made in Germany with international aspirations: Globally recognised manufacturing quality and a constant willingness to innovate have rewarded us with continous growth and a leading position in international competition.
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2014 until today
Vision and tradition
In our first German brand store in Berlin we are now showing how shaving culture is celebrated. The elegant showroom embraces exclusively designed presentation areas displaying the collection highlights, as well as a small, exquisite barber shop offering such as stylish shaves and haircuts.

Our brand now embraces characteristic design series. All products, shaving brushes, razors and holders are ideally matched and all of the individual products can be combined in many different ways.

MÜHLE celebrates it's 70th anniversary and translates the traditional wet shave into the present. The company has evolved into a modern manufacturing business with an extremely high level of vertical integration. Excellent craftsmanship combined with industrial precision and the highest design standards.
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