Company chronicle

  • 1982

    Schomisch GmbH founded

    Johann-Peter and Christel Schomisch establish the leather wholesaler Schomisch GmbH in Mülheim an der Ruhr

  • 1984

    Relocation to Essen-Kettwig

    The company moves to Essen-Kettwig


  • 1990

    Relocation to a new company building

    Schomisch GmbH and its 12 employees move into a modern new company building in the Kettwig industrial park. The generous storage space capacities favor the fast delivery to customers mainly from the upholstered furniture industry.

  • 1992

    New leather under the brand name Ecopell

    J.P. Schomisch realizes his idea of ​​an industrially produced, vegetable-tanned and natural furniture leather, which at the same time meets high standards of comfort and environmental and health compatibility. The new leather is produced under the brand name Ecopell as nappa and nubuck leather in Italy.


  • 1994

    New standards in product communication

    Schomisch GmbH is the first company in the leather industry to publish a full declaration for its Ecopell leather, thus setting new standards in the area of ​​product communication. Every customer can now be sure that they are informed about all substances that are in the leather.

  • October 1994

    Relocation of Ecopell production

    Relocation of Ecopell production to the Möller-Werke contract tannery, Bielefeld.

    October 1994

  • 1995

    Information brochure “Ecopell - leather can be so eco-comfortable”

    The information brochure “Ecopell – leather can be so eco-comfortable” provides detailed information about the production process and the special properties of Ecopell leather.

  • 1996

    Schomisch GmbH participates in a research project

    Schomisch GmbH participates in a research project on the usability of native plants for the extraction of tannins. The development of rhubarb-tanned leather has started.


  • August 1996

    New in the "natural thick leather" range

    The Schomisch leather range of vegetable-tanned leathers is supplemented by “thick leather, natural” and pigmented leather.

  • February 1997

    Ecopell improves the ecological balance

    Schomisch GmbH replaces the vegetable tanning agent Mimosa (from monoculture cultivation in South America) with harvestable Valonea and tare tannins and thus further improves the ecological balance of the Ecopell.

    February 1997

  • March 1997

    First model preview of rhubarb-tanned leather

    Together with partners from the leather processing industry, Schomisch GmbH is presenting a model preview of shoes, leather goods and furniture made from rhubarb-tanned leather for the first time. The tanning agent used comes from agricultural test areas.

  • February 1998

    BioFach trade fair 98

    At the BioFach trade fair 98, Schomisch GmbH will be showing off brush-dyed leather in Ecopell quality with vegetable dyes as a world first.

    February 1998

  • April 1998

    Schomisch GmbH presents two new leather collections

    Schomisch GmbH presents two new leather collections: orthopedic leather and shoe leather in Ecopell quality. Shoe upper leather is offered as a through-dyed and as a vegetable brush-dyed variant. The share of Ecopell leather in the company’s total sales has grown to 80%.

  • May 1998

    Excellent skin tolerance

    A recognized testing institute certifies that Ecopell lining leather is extremely skin-friendly.

    May 1998

  • November 1999

    Approx. 8,000 square meters of leather hides

    Approx. 8,000 square meters of rhubarb-tanned leather hides can be made from the first regular rhubarb harvest (this corresponds to approx. 30,000 pairs of leather shoes).

  • August 2000

    Relocation to Weitnau im Allgäu

    Relocation to the new company location in Weitnau im Allgäu. The company building there was built according to ecological standards.

    August 2000

  • January 2007

    Change of name

    Change of name to Ecopell GmbH.

  • January 2012

    ECARF award

    Ecopell is recognized as the first allergy-friendly leather in Europe by the ECARF Institute.

    January 2012

  • February 2012

    IVN certification

    The IVN – International Association of Natural Textiles certifies Ecopell as the world’s first natural leather.

  • July 2012

    BIOKREIS certification

    From now on, the Ecopell leathers will be re-certified every year by the Association for Organic Farming.

    July 2012

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