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Moncler is a French clothing company that specializes in high-end down jackets and sportswear. It was founded in 1952 by René Ramillon and André Vincent, tent and sleeping bag makers from the mountain region of Grenoble, France. In 1954 the label, whose name referenced it’s birth town, MONestier-de-CLERmont, designed the first goose feather down jacket. The down jacket was initially worn by the brand’s employees and later became popular through mountaineering champion Lionel Terray. In 1968, the brand changed their logo to the rooster and two mountains forming the letter M. That same year, Moncler was the official supplier of the French national team during the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France. In the early 1980s, the Moncler down jacket went off-piste and became popular as a lighter jacket suitable for winter wear off the ski slopes. In 2003, Remo Ruffini, creative director since 1999, bought Moncler and brought the company back to its peak performance. Three years later, Moncler Gamme Rouge was launched, a ready-to-wear couture collection for women. In 2008, Moncler Gamme Blue, a ready-to-wear couture line for men was launched by Thom Browne, and two years later, after the launch of Moncler Grenoble, another two new collections saw the light light of day: Moncler V and Moncler S. Moncler V was a collaboration with Hiroki Nakamura, the founder of the Japanese label Visvim, who reinterpreted the French label’s classic 1970s pieces.

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