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.
In 1921, Marc and Hermance Millet, from the two Savoie, produced grocery and food bags for their customers at their grocery store near Lyon.
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.
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.
first 8000 m
first technical advisor
In 1963, Walter Bonatti and René Desmaison are first and second to scale the north face of the Grandes Jorasses, in winter
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.
Millet continued its upward climb and diversified to clothing in 1977, launching the first parka made of Gore- Tex®
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.