Charles and Agnes Vögele established Charles Vögele GmbH in Zurich in 1955. The company's first 58 square meter shop displayed special clothing for scooter riders. Back then, Agnes Vögele was the only employee. She was in charge of buying, selling and bookkeeping. Charles Vögele only started working at the company in 1960. In the 60s he was one of Switzerland’s leading racing drivers, even though he only competed as an amateur.