A story of canvas, a family story, a story about mountains.

From grocery shopping bags to the Himalayan mountains and greatest mountaineers in climbing history, Millet is all about expeditions.
Founded and based in Annecy, the brand has taken part in a century of mountain sports, gearing up the majors and the amateurs. It’s a story about canvas and mountains, it’s a family story, and a story about the yellow SHERPA 50 backpack used by a whole generation. A story we all relate to.

1921

In 1921, Marc and Hermance Millet, from the two Savoie, produced grocery and food bags for their customers at their grocery store near Lyon.

1921

Marc’s frail health brought them closer to the summits, in Annecy. After his death in 1937, Hermance took over the business… and bequeathed it to her children, René and Raymond in 1945.

1921
1950
1950 Lachenal Louis plus

Louis Lachenal helped them design the first mountaineering backpacks, among which the backpack used in 1950 to climb up the Annapurna, the first 8000-meter summit reached by a human.

1950
1950 The Annapurna,
first 8000 m
is reached
1950
1950
1950
1960
1960 Walter Bonatti,
first technical advisor
1960 Bonatti Walter plus

In 1963, Walter Bonatti and René Desmaison are first and second to scale the north face of the Grandes Jorasses, in winter

1960

Greatest mountaineers worked with the Millet brothers directly from their workshop in Annecy: at first, there was René Desmaison (who invented the first harness in 1956), then Walter Bonatti.

1960 The first
nylon
backpacks
1960 Desmaison René plus
1970
1970 Millet moves
into
mountain
apparel
1970 Messner Reinhold plus

Millet continued its upward climb and diversified to clothing in 1977, launching the first parka made of Gore- Tex®

1980

Just like the world of the 80s, everything is accelerating in the mountains. The Millet athletes are now taking the technical sides of the mountain with an The iconic Patrick Edlinger revolutionises climbing on cliffs.

1980 Trilogy,
north faces
and records
plus
1980 Profit Christophe plus
1990
1990 Damilano François plus
1990
1990 Aubert Françoise plus

Ice climbing, spurred on by climbers such as François Damilano, opened new doors. The influence strongly guided Millet's offer and the first Gore-Tex® suits and ever lighter backpacks.

2000

Enter the new millenium with Jean-Christophe Lafaille and Macro Sifredi; the first alpine style ascents and first snowboard descents of the men's journey into summits legends.

2000 Lafaille Jean-Christophe plus
2000 K GTX
Jacket
2000 Siffredi Marco plus
2000
2000 Everest Shoe
2000 Graftiaux Chloé plus
2010

Millet partners with the Chamonix Guides Company, the world's oldest and most prestigious company.
63 years afther the first ascent of the Annapurna, Yannick Graziani climbs its south face in alpine style.

2010 Walkner Eva plus 2010 Graziani Yannick plus
2010 plus
2010
2010
2010 Annequin Jean plus
2020
2020

We will continue to innovate, to commit responsibly and to track our community’s evolution and expectations, while sustaining our pioneering spirit of enterprise through products and initiatives that exceed every expectation of mountainsports enthusiasts.

2020 The Millet family takes over the leadership of the brand into its 4th generation with Romain Millet at the head.
2020 Technology is moving,
the spirit remains
immutable.
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