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9 The company Mika-Lederwaren has repeatedly proven its courage to make a new start in its history. When Gerda Wenzel started producing bags in Chemnitz at the end of 1945, she had customers but the material was scarce. So it was mainly uniform fabrics, parachute silk and artificial leather remnants, from which the young Chemnitz woman designed and produced her products. With much enthusiasm she started to build her small business and exhibited the products in May 1946 at the first post-war fair in Leipzig. The steadily growing company was integrated in 1953 into the controlled economy of the GDR. The production program was adapted to the needs of the state during these years. Thus, the company specialized in sheaths and cases for the Suhler Hunting rifle company and for medical companies. Incidentally, college folders and small leather goods were produced, which were sold through the state wholesale. With the fall of the Berlin Wall, new times dawned for the company. In the autumn of 1989 there was just enough work for three months left and no further orders could be expected from the collapsing GDR economy. Exactly at this time Jörg Kleinschmidt took over the parental enterprise. He also had to prove his courage to start again and restructured the company, which had grown to over 30 employees. The production was cut back and they concentrated on the trade. Jörg Kleinschmidt and his wife Birgit managed in the following years to lead the company to success that continues today. Today MIKA-Lederwaren imports and distributes high quality leather goods throughout Europe. The varied product range, which captivates in its details, ranges from the exclusive key fob over the classic wallet to high-quality ladies‘ bags and business accessories. As one of the few companies in Germany, MIKA offers a high-quality range of saddle leather products manufactured in Europe. As of 01.01.2019 the company Mika-Lederwaren was taken over by the company JÜSCHA GmbH. Mika leather goods


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