The honorary title of “k.u.k Hoflieferant” – purveyor to the Imperial Court – was one of the most sought-after accolades for companies in the Austro-Hungarian Empire,
and is still a guaranty of premium quality to this day.
In the Austro-Hungarian monarchy’s heyday there were over 500 official purveyors to the court in Vienna. Handpicked for the quality of their wares, these companies were granted the privilege by the Emperor of supplying the court and displaying the double-headed eagle on their name plate. A number outlived the monarchy and continue to bear this honorary title with pride in the modern era. Their exclusive products of a bygone age endure and the premises are often of historic interest, with a characteristic air of distinction.
The original k.u.k. Hoflieferanten came from all walks of business — after all, the Imperial Court required a vast range of products and services. Examples include two of the city’s best-known patisseries: Hotel Sacher and confectioner Demel who continue to supply the Viennese population with specialties such as the Sachertorte and candied violets. Noble glass and chandelier manufacturer J. & L. Lobmeyr in Kärntnerstrasse has lost nothing of its sparkle since its days of supplying the imperial table. Today it sells valuable glasses and stunning chandeliers. A. E. Köchert, who once crafted Empress Elisabeth’s beautiful jewelry, now creates diamond encrusted stars to original imperial designs. An ensemble befitting a gentleman can still be had in 2010 from elegant gentlemen’s outfitter Kniže and traditional shoemaker Rudolf Scheer.
Philharmonikerstrasse 4, 1st district
Kohlmarkt 14, 1st district
J. & L. Lobmeyr
Kärntnerstraße 26, 1st district
A. E. Köchert
Neuer Markt 15, 1st district
Kniže & Comp.
Graben 13, 1st district
Rudolf Scheer & Söhne
Bräunerstrasse 4, 1st district