LACO, founded by the English businessman Charles Lavy in 1838 in Hamburg, still to this day insists on all products being hand-crafted: Made in Germany. This characteristic makes it one of only two surviving businesses in the sector in Germany. Around 1900, the label already employed over 500 people in its workshops. Even Emperor William II was one of the brand's most illustrious customers. Characteristic for LACO ties is their elastic inlay made from a cotton-wool mix: The fibres relax back to their original shape when unknotted.