Lambert Hofer junior is one of the most sought-after outfitters of the Viennese ball scene. As soon as summer is over, the first tailoring requests for the opera ball arrive in the studio. At the height of ball season in Vienna, there is a crowd in the atmospheric rooms on Margaretenstrasse shop, just like there is on the dance floor of the Vienna State Opera just before the midnight quadrille.
"The Viennese ball culture is unique," says Olga Hofer, who has been running the tailcoat and costume rental in the fourth district alone for some time after her husband's death. “As a man in Germany you can go to an exclusive ball in a black suit, that's an absolute no-go in Vienna. Tuxedo is the minimum, tailcoat is better. ”And so, year after year, Ms. Hofer and her team of tailors help countless despairing men to find a matching tailcoat.