« It is sometimes necessary to know how to retain fundamental values and to seek in a realization the beautiful and the well-made. That's why I like the word artisan that comes from the word art... It expresses an idea of freedom, of independence and of a job well done. »

Jean-François Bardinon créateur président designer chapal quality qualité

2017

Creation of a capsule collection with designer Wales Bonner for the London Fashion Week. Collaboration with The Rake for the realization of an exclusive USAAF model. CHAPAL Days in partnership with the Polo of Paris. Collaboration with Bastien Jacquemart. E-shop launch.

2016

Creation of the "Belmondo" jacket on the occasion of the film release "Belmondo by Belmondo". Partnership with Land Rover for the presentation of its new Range Rover Evoque Cabriolet. Partnership with 'Exù': collective of 5 women who rode through Cuba on motorcycles.

2015

Partnership with the winners of the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles. Collaboration with Renault for the event "Le Volant des Chefs" at Le Castellet.

2014

CHAPAL returns to Rétromobile

2013

Creation of the LOOK bike by CHAPAL in partnership with the French bicycle manufacturer LOOK.

2012

During the Mondial de l'Automobile, Exagon Motors presents the new Furtive eGT electric car, and asks CHAPAL to ensure the creation of its luggage. In October, Paul Belmondo becomes ambassador of CHAPAL.

2011

Jaguar chooses CHAPAL again for the realization of travel bags to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the XK model.

2010

New website launch.

2009

A creative studio is created in Montreuil-sous-Bois, fully sponsored by CHAPAL.

2005

New markets in Russia and the United Arab Emirates. Opening of the Showroom in the heart of Paris, in the fashion district: 244 Rue de Rivoli Paris 1.

2004

CHAPAL dresses the interior of the luxurious Jaguar XKR coupe in orange leather.

2001

To attract a foreign and particularly Japanese clientele, CHAPAL gets involved in the world of the collector car and takes part in many international automobile events: Le Mans, the Mille Miglia ...

1995

To preserve the real estate heritage and the industrial memory, the sites of Montreuil-sous-Bois and Lagny-sur-Marne are transformed into artists' studios. A hundred painters, sculptors, musicians work in these buildings steeped in history.

1990

While other French tannerie relocates, the CHAPAL manufacture remains decisively in France and expands its expertise to the creation of leather goods.

1982

Jean-François Bardinon, radically orients the company towards luxury ready-to-wear.

1972

Christian Dior chooses CHAPAL for the manufacture of its leather and fur ready-to-wear collection, a collaboration that lasted 20 years.

1968

CHAPAL manufactures the official outfits for the winter Olympics in Grenoble. The drivers Jean-Pierre Beltoise and Henri Pescarolo are associated with the launch of the brand "Rabbits of France". The method of lamination of the aviators' jackets of the 2nd World War is used for the first time in fashion: the "Chapalac" jacket is born.

1963

Pierre Bardinon diversifies the group in particular by creating near the first tannery of Crocq, a pioneer site dedicated to automobiles, the "Circuit of Mas du Clos".

1950

Over 170,000m2 of workshops, more than 3,000 CHAPAL employees work all types of skins.

1934

CHAPAL invents in its Brooklyn tannery a lamination process intended to make the jackets in shearling sheep skins waterproof. This varnished and crisp look secures the nickname "crusty" to these jackets, the most famous is the Bombardier type "B3".

1925

First jacket type "A1" worn by Lindbergh for his first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. CHAPAL still manufactures this iconic model.

1914

CHAPAL manufactures in Crocq jacket and overalls for French pilots.

1881

Creation of the American subsidiary in Brooklyn: tannery, hat manufacture and clothing.

1857

CHAPAL establishes its workshops in Montreuil-sous-Bois, which remain the headquarters of the company to this day.

1832

Creation of the first CHAPAL tannery in Crocq for the tanning and dyeing of rabbit fur.

History

Founded in 1832, CHAPAL is a House of luxury ready-to-wear and leather goods.

CHAPAL has an original and unique story, that of a French Manufacture at the origin of many inventions in the treatment of the skins and which employed in the mid-twentieth century more than 3,000 workers in its workshops of Montreuil-sous-Bois, Lagny-sur-Marne and Brooklyn. This unparalleled expertise and avant-gardism have made it a true reference in the manufacture of fur and leather clothing.

In 1832, faced with the craze for skins and fur, the ancestors of what is now Maison CHAPAL took advantage of the processes used in the silk industry and applied these dyeing methods to rabbit skin. They opened a shop rue de la Roquette in Paris, then set off to conquer America. The business prospers quickly, it's the beginning of CHAPAL history.

The know-how of the House will later be recognized by the French and American armies. In 1914, the Crocq factory was entrusted with the treatment of skins for the manufacture of jackets and overalls for French aviators. Georges Guynemer, famous pilot of the Escadrille des Cigognes, is equipped with a three-quarter jacket and a wide golden sheep collar which became the jacket CHAPAL 1914. And, it is with the very emblematic A1 jacket, still manufactured by the house, that Charles Lindbergh, will cross the Atlantic. During the 2nd World War, the CHAPAL factories will be chosen by the US Army Force for the production of its shearling sheep skins. The varnished and crisp look of "Bombardier" jackets is the invention and signature of the House. A few years later, Christian Dior will appeal to CHAPAL for the realization of his ready-to-wear fur and leather. The collaboration will last 20 years.

Today, Jean François Bardinon, 6th generation and current president, propels this House into a new chapter in its history. He creates a style unique to CHAPAL, timeless and inimitable. The collections enrich a little more the inheritance of the House which vibrates through its heritage, its boldness and the requirement of perfection. He is inspired by his passion for the automobile, and attracts, among other things, collectors and lovers of vintage cars.

CHAPAL has a growing international reputation and appeals to a foreign clientele looking for an increasingly rare know-how. The House also responds to the most unusual or extravagant requests of its customers thanks to its bespoke offer.

Thanks to Jean François Bardinon, the story continues: CHAPAL has risen to the rank of a French Luxury House and appears as an exception because at the time of relocations, everything is still entirely made in France, in the workshops in Crocq, to offer customers still better quality and originality.

As for the workshops of Montreuil-sous-Bois and Lagny-sur-Marne, they are still the property of Maison CHAPAL. To preserve the historical heritage and industrial memory, they have been transformed into artistic centers where a hundred talents with varied fortunes and horizons revive the old tanneries. Their presence embellishes these places that helped to write the CHAPAL story.