The origins of the name lie in its very roots: Moncler is in fact an abbreviation of Monestier-de-Clermont, a mountain village near Grenoble. Here, inspired entrepreneur René Ramillon and Andrè Vincent founded the company in 1952 which would go on to produce the renowned down jacket.
In the beginning Moncler only made quilted sleeping bags, a single model of a lined hooded cape and tents with a telescopic structure and an external flysheet. These robust, functional articles immediately proved a hit with the public, as the new social phenomenon of mountain holidays began to take hold.
The first down jackets were conceived to protect workers who wore them over their overalls against the cold, in the small mountain factory. French mountaineer Lionel Terray first noticed them and foresaw their potential. The result was the specialist range ‘Moncler pour Lionel Terray’: down jackets, salopettes, gloves and sleeping bags that offered high resistance and protection against the harshest climates. All the new articles were put to the test in a variety of expeditions, and were gradually perfected. In the same year, Moncler down jackets were chosen to equip the Italian expedition to K2 (8.611 meters) which culminated in the conquest of the world’s highest summit by Achille Compagnoni and Lino Lacedelli.