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German Customs Turtleneck Sweater
German Customs Turtleneck Sweater
German Customs Turtleneck Sweater
German Customs Turtleneck Sweater
German Customs Turtleneck Sweater

Zoll, short for Bundeszollverwaltung Is the German Federal Customs Service. Unlike the state-by-state police forces, Zoll is a federal institution essentially equivalent to US Border Patrol or ICE.

Founded in West Germany during the early days of the cold war, these are the guys who kick down your door with MP5s and G36s when you've forgotten to pay VAT on that nice little gift you got yourself abroad.

You wouldn't want an import of more than 800 cigarettes to hurt the economy would you?

 

The Sweater

The sweaters are your classic turtleneck with a reflective Zoll patch sewn on the front. Unlike some turtlenecks, it's collar is meant to be folded over instead of scrunched up.  These run true to size, fitting like most pullover sweaters will. You'll want to consult our Germanic sizing chart for more info on your size.

our model here is 5'10 and weighs 165 lbs (179 cm height, 96 cm chest and 74 cm waist for you non-freedom-lovers)

 

 

The Boys in Green

The Zoll Uniforms share designer fashion DNA with their Polizei counterparts. They even feature the same reflective lettering. The high quality fit & finish gives these a professional and respectable appearance, because that's what they were made to do. They're the last hurrah of Germany's Iconic law enforcement Greens. 

Color is where the lore of these begins (if you want the long version, read our article about the Polizei Sommorblouson).

German Polizei uniforms during the early cold war varied by state and often municipality as well, and the standardization of said uniforms didn't occur until the 70s, once the economy recovered.

Heinz Oestergaard, a German celebrity fashion designer, was hired to re-design and standardize the police uniforms for the whole country. Förstergrün, or "Forest Green" painted all of Germany's Polizei uniforms at the dawn of the cold war. Slowly, it gained as much recognition as the rest of the world's "boys in blue". It became associated with the division of the country and the struggle against communism on the frontiers of the Iron Curtain.

The Blue from Brussels

The color's association with West Germany's divided, anti-communist history didn't fly with the EU. Shades of blue became the new, boring, standardized colors.

To a degree it was logical, the navy blue color is internationally recognized and associated with law enforcement. But Polizei departments would wage a war to keep their beloved greens, until eventually throwing in the towel after going out of their way to keep producing their uniforms in green became too costly to continue.

The Bundeszollverwaltung stuck with their greens until rather recently. In 2012, it was officially announced that the uniforms would switch to match the rest of the EU, with the greens to be phased out completely by 2020. In favor of a more uniform EU, the old uniforms were cast aside. 

 

Specs

  • 60% Acryllic fiber 40% wool
  • Reflective Zoll patch on front
  • Fold-over style turtleneck

Condition

Items are in like-new condition and in their packaging, but have had their shoulder patches removed. There may be some leftover thread and light marking from this process.

German Customs Turtleneck Sweater

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Zoll, short for Bundeszollverwaltung Is the German Federal Customs Service. Unlike the state-by-state police forces, Zoll is a federal institution essentially equivalent to US Border Patrol or ICE.

Founded in West Germany during the early days of the cold war, these are the guys who kick down your door with MP5s and G36s when you've forgotten to pay VAT on that nice little gift you got yourself abroad.

You wouldn't want an import of more than 800 cigarettes to hurt the economy would you?

 

The Sweater

The sweaters are your classic turtleneck with a reflective Zoll patch sewn on the front. Unlike some turtlenecks, it's collar is meant to be folded over instead of scrunched up.  These run true to size, fitting like most pullover sweaters will. You'll want to consult our Germanic sizing chart for more info on your size.

our model here is 5'10 and weighs 165 lbs (179 cm height, 96 cm chest and 74 cm waist for you non-freedom-lovers)

 

 

The Boys in Green

The Zoll Uniforms share designer fashion DNA with their Polizei counterparts. They even feature the same reflective lettering. The high quality fit & finish gives these a professional and respectable appearance, because that's what they were made to do. They're the last hurrah of Germany's Iconic law enforcement Greens. 

Color is where the lore of these begins (if you want the long version, read our article about the Polizei Sommorblouson).

German Polizei uniforms during the early cold war varied by state and often municipality as well, and the standardization of said uniforms didn't occur until the 70s, once the economy recovered.

Heinz Oestergaard, a German celebrity fashion designer, was hired to re-design and standardize the police uniforms for the whole country. Förstergrün, or "Forest Green" painted all of Germany's Polizei uniforms at the dawn of the cold war. Slowly, it gained as much recognition as the rest of the world's "boys in blue". It became associated with the division of the country and the struggle against communism on the frontiers of the Iron Curtain.

The Blue from Brussels

The color's association with West Germany's divided, anti-communist history didn't fly with the EU. Shades of blue became the new, boring, standardized colors.

To a degree it was logical, the navy blue color is internationally recognized and associated with law enforcement. But Polizei departments would wage a war to keep their beloved greens, until eventually throwing in the towel after going out of their way to keep producing their uniforms in green became too costly to continue.

The Bundeszollverwaltung stuck with their greens until rather recently. In 2012, it was officially announced that the uniforms would switch to match the rest of the EU, with the greens to be phased out completely by 2020. In favor of a more uniform EU, the old uniforms were cast aside. 

 

Specs

  • 60% Acryllic fiber 40% wool
  • Reflective Zoll patch on front
  • Fold-over style turtleneck

Condition

Items are in like-new condition and in their packaging, but have had their shoulder patches removed. There may be some leftover thread and light marking from this process.

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Reviewed by Will S.
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🎶 I'm a Zoll Man 🎶

This is a really solid and very comfortable turtleneck that, in my view, has a bit more heft than the Polizei version. It's a 50/50 poly/wool blend that feels decent on the skin and does a good job at providing warmth. The sizing is spot on and it hugs the body well. Additionally, the color is unique, and it's a nice tone that will pair well with jeans or khaki chinos. When comparing this with a woolly-pully I'd take the Zoll due to the better fit, comfort, and style that will serve well on the trail and at the bar.

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Reviewed by Bryce
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Perfect Turtleneck

The sweater fits perfectly and feels very high quality.

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Reviewed by Anthony
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Green is always in style

While I kind of took a shot in the dark in the sizing department for this thing it ended up fitting perfectly. Plus, my grandma said I looked handsome in it so I will be wearing it until the day I die.

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Reviewed by Alexander P.
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Very comfortable and high quality

I really like the tight turtleneck feel on this sweater. The lettering is super cool and I look forward to skiing in it this winter.

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Reviewed by Gordon M.
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Fit just right and is comfy and warm

I work in a cooler all day for my job and this is the perfect undershirt to keep my neck and wrists warm, I fits just slightly big but I prefer that.

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