History
 
   
 

 

The name Millet become famous in the 30's with the first braces suplplied shopping bags. Adapted some years later to the backpack, the idea quickly became the recipe for the french brand success. The mountain technical products development brings a strong image to the brand, reinforced with the best mountain dwellers of their generation signatures.
 

 

THE BEGINNING
1921
At the first was the canvas bag
Marc Millet and his wife open a manufacturing workshop in Saint-Fons, near Lyon, where they make canvas an tote bags.
1928
Millet Settles in the alps
The business relocates in Annecy.
1934
First design of the frame pack
Millet open a route toward summits.
 

 

ON THE RISE
1945
Faster, HIGHER, FURTHER
Raymond and René Millet take over the family business and start developing moutaineering backpacks suited for high mountain adventures. They work with a young moutaineer : Louis Lachenal.
1950
The first 8000 !
June 3rd, 1950, Louis Lachenal and Maurice Herzorg reach the summit of the Annapurna, geared up with Millet's "Annapurna 50" backpack.
 

 

1959
The Team Spirit
Millet hirers its first technical advisor : Walter Bonatti.
1963
Great Achievements
Walter Bonatti and René Desmaison reach, first and second, the north face of the Grandes Jorasses.
 

 

MILLET ON THE WAY TOWARDS THE SUMMIT
1964
The use of a new material : Nylon
Millet creates "Sherpa 50", the first backpack entirely made of nylon. It is a lighter than cotton and waterproof. Millet innovates and patents a revolutionary strap, also made of nylon, padded with foam and seamless.
 

 

1977
When moutain calls
Great achievements inspire evolution in outdoor clothing : the first parka using the Gore-Tex membrane is created and the first mix of technical down is integrated.
1978
The everest, without oxygen
Reinhorld MESSNER joins the Millet team and achieves, geared up with Millet, that same year, the first ascent of the world's highest moutain (8848 meters), without supplemental oxygen.
1982
EDLINGER climbs with millet
Millet unveils its first climbing clothing line designed with the climbers' participation.
 

 

The Alps trilogy
1987
trilogy series birth

On top of their game, French and Millet moutaineers Christophe Profit and Eric Escoffier engage in the biggest moutain challenge of the 20th century : the free solo peak bagging winter ramble of the legendary North faces of the Cervin, Eiger and Jorasses.

1995
Millet Into lafuma's Lap

February 6th 1995, Millet, Racer, and Gamet are acquired by the leader of the backpacks French market from the Drôme area.

 
 
 
2001
Hurtling down the everest
Marco Siffredi makes the descent of the Everest from its Tibetan face (8850 meters) via the Norton corridor, on the north face. This is also a first for Millet, which sponsors the atypical freerider.
 

 

For the mountain enthusiasts
2003
a racing event by millet
The first edition of the TSF-Millet (Tournette Sources du Fier) ski-moutaineering race. The 5000 meters drop over two days has become major event for moutain enthusiasts. 
2007
MILLET PARTICIPATES IN LIVING THE DREAMous
Millet sponsors expedition projects with the Millet Expedition Project, a support program to the adventurers around the world. Individual or collective, they are plans around moutain sports and aventures.
 

 

2009
LEADER With the chamonix guides
Millet collaborates with the Chamonix Guides Company, the world's oldest and most prestigious company, with 250 mountain guides.
2012
The importance of design
L'observateur international du design awards Millet with two prizes for the Everest boot and the ULZ zip jacket.
2013
The summit of innovation
Millet is awarded a gold medal for the new Ski Touring Matrix backpack. It stands out with an innovative articulated back system and transgressive design.