Akris was founded in 1922 by Alice Kriemler-Schoch in St. Gallen, Switzerland. The word “Akris” was derived from the letters of Kriemler-Schoch’s name. The company initially made simple, dotted aprons that were crafted by Kriemler-Schoch on a single sewing machine. Each piece is still designed in Switzerland and the Swiss dot (polka dot) is still used by the company on gift boxes and tissue paper as well as the logo of the Akris Punto line 7.
In 1996, Akris introduced a new line called Akris Punto. The Akris Punto collection has an emphasis on “relaxed sportswear”. In 2009, Akris expanded its Prêt-a-Porter offering with the introduction of handbags featuring animal-friendly horsehair textile, a woven fabric made from the tail-hair.