Created in 1832, Chapal is a luxury company that specializes in leather and fur. At the origin of many inventions for the treatment of leathers, by the mid-20th century, the company employed almost 3,000 workers in its Montreuil-sous-Bois, Lagny-sur-Marne and Brooklyn workshops. Its unparalleled experience and avant-garde approach have helped Chapal become a true reference in the manufacturing of leather garments.
The company’s skills were recognized by the French and American armies during World War II and its factories were selected by the U.S. Air Force to produce shearling garments. Chapal invented a plastification process (that has a cracked, patent-leather look) to waterproof its bomber jackets. Today, Jean-François Bardinon, a member of the family’s 6th generation and Chapal’s president, helps project the company into a new chapter of its history. His unique, timeless, inimitable style preserves the skilled craftsmanship and “made in France” (Creuse) identity with a vertical manufacturing from the treatment of skins to the finished product.
The 2019 collection proposes luxury versions of famous aviator blousons: Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, Georges Guynemer. Another element of the company’s DNA – automobiles - are also a source of inspiration.