Difference between Reitz and E.Reitz

What is the difference between uniforms made by Reitz and those made by E. Reitz ?

During the past years , I received many questions about the difference between the two stamps “Reitz” and “E. Reitz” on German uniforms.

In fact these are two different companies !

Reitz

The Reitz company already existed well before the war broke out. Therefore it is common to find early uniforms with the Reitz stamp.

We encountered Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe uniforms bearing this marking.

The Reitz company continued to make uniforms well into 1944.  Therefore it is also logical to find M43 and later uniforms with their marking.

I have not been able to retrace the whereabouts of this company nor to find out where exactly they had factories.

E. & W. Reitz 

Before the war, Erich Reitz had a uniform factory together with his brother Wilhelm in Wuppertal Germany.

The official name of that company was E. & W. Reitz Uniformwerk.

The E & W Reitz Uniformwerk stamp on a 1942 pattern winter trousers. So this stamp was certainly in use till 1942 ! The E & W Reitz Uniformwerk stamp on a cotton tropical kriegsmarine jacket. These jackets did not exist in 1940 or 1941. Another proof this stamp was in use later than 1941

E. Reitz

The E. Reitz company was founded by Erich Reitz when he moved from Wuppertal Germany to Merksem near Antwerp.

Since he signed the rental agreement for the building at Merksem in december 1940, the earliest production of uniforms would have been in the beginning of 1941. So it is highly unlikely to encounter the M36 uniforms with an E. Reitz stamp.