Moncler, an abbreviation of Monestier-de-Clermont, a mountain village near Grenoble, was founded in 1952 by René Ramillon and Andrè Vincent.
Now renowned for their quilted jackets, the pair originally produced quilted sleeping bags and tents which took off as mountain holidays began to take hold on the public.
René Ramillon and André Vincent
Moncler has maintained a 900-strong production team in Romania since 2016.
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Moncler creates its first down jackets.
French mountaineer Lionel Terry inspires the company to create a special range, Moncler pour Lionel Terry, a collection of down jackets, salopettes, gloves and sleeping bags to protect against the harsh climates.
Moncler down jackets are chosen to equip Italy’s expedition to K2.
Moncler down jackets were supplied to the French expedition which reached the summit of Mount Makalù.
Moncler supplies Alaskan expeditions organized by Lionel Terray.
Moncler supplies the French downhill ski team at the Grenoble Winter Olympics.
Moncler jackets as we know them enter into the scene. Designer Chantal Thomass works alongside the company to bring a reworking to the classic down jacket. The zips are replaced with buttons and exciting colors are introduced along with fur trims, satin and reversible fabrics.
The brand is bought by entrepreneur Remo Ruffini. With his direction the brand becomes famous for the down jacket – as he improves fit and design as well as investing in research experimenting with style and materials – ensuring quality is retained throughout the entire process.
Moncler launches the Haute Couture Moncler Gamme Rouge collection fronted by Alessandra Fachinetti and later Giambattista Valli.
Moncler launch Gamma Bleu, a menswear collection, with Thom Browne.
Moncler’s Grenoble collection makes its debut. It is made up of reinterpreted styles, reworked garments and an overall contemporary take.
Moncler supplies equipment to the 60th anniversary expedition to K2.
Moncler ends the Gamma Bleu and Gamma Rouge collections.
Moncler launches the Moncler Genius collection. The project has no single creative director but instead asks multiple designers to create their own individual collections released almost monthly.
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