The founder of Fischer Furriers was Karl Fischer an orphaned boy, who was born and raised in Germany. From the age of 6 years old he had been pushed and shoved in and out of orphanages and had no one or nothing to turn to, and at the tender age of just 10 years old, Karl got his first real break in life when a local fur manufacturing business took him on as an apprentice furrier.
In the early 1930s, Karl started his own fur business and later retired in 1965. Karl and his wife raised three children of their own. The youngest of which was his son Erich Fischer, who followed in his father’s footsteps and started his apprenticeship in 1957. Erich qualified as a furrier in 1960 and escaped at the vulnerable age of 16 from East Germany in 1960 where he left his family behind.
He travelled to the West and started working at one of Frankfurt’s top manufacturing furriers for two years, where he then took up a top position as a manufacturer in Zurich for another two years. He then took the opportunity of a lifetime to work as a manufacturing furrier in South Africa.
Shortly after arriving in South Africa, Erich fell in love with the country and realised that South Africa was going to be his happy anchor for the rest of his life. He worked for the then two top fur businesses until later in 1976 when he opened up his own furrier business and continued the Fischer legacy.
Robert, one of Erich’s sons, decided to join his father’s business as he had a love and a passion for the trade from a very young age. After school and military service, Robert left for Germany to take up an apprenticeship with one of the most renowned furrier families in Cologne, Germany, where he qualified with distinctions in both his theoretical and practical. He was also part of a gold medal winning team who took top honours in the prestigious awards for Fur and Fashion in Frankfurt in 1993. Since his return in 1994, Robert has become the driving force and the next generation of the Fischer furriers history.