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.
 

 

BEGINNINGS
1921
FIRSTLY, THE HAVERSACK
Marc Millet and his wife set up a workshop in Saint-Fons, near Lyon, to make shopping bags and haversacks.
1928
MILLET MOVES TO THE ALPS
The small business relocates in Annecy.
1934
FIRST BACKPACK WITH FRAME
Millet opens up a route to the summits.
 

 

ON THE RISE
1945
THE CALL OF THE HIGH MOUNTAINS
Raymond and René Millet succeed their parents and, with young mountaineer Louis Lachenal, develop backpacks for the high mountains.
1950
The first 8000 !
On June 3rd, with the Annapurna 50 on their backs, Louis Lachenal and Maurice Herzog conquer Annapurna.
 

 

1959
TEAM SPIRIT
Millet signs up its first technical advisor: Walter Bonatti.
1963
Great Achievements
Walter Bonatti and René Desmaison are first and second to scale the north face of the Grandes Jorasses.
 

 

MILLET ON THE WAY TOWARDS THE SUMMIT
1964
GREAT ACHIEVEMENTS
Walter Bonatti and René Desmaison are first and second to scale the north face of the Grandes Jorasses.
 

 

1977
APPAREL TOO
Millet moves into mountain apparel, with the first parka featuring a Gore-Tex membrane and the first range of technical puffer jackets.
1978
everest without oxygen
Reinhold Messner joins Team Millet, and in the same year makes the first ascent of the world's highest mountain (8,848m) without supplemental oxygen.
1982
EDLINGER CLIMBS FOR MILLET
The brand partners with the athlete to launch its first apparel collection dedicated to climbing.
 

 

The Alps trilogy
1987
THE ALPINE TRILOGY

French mountaineers and Millet advisors Christophe Profit and Eric Escoffier, then at the height of the powers, race to complete the greatest exploit of the late 20th century: the winter enchainment, in free solo mode, of three mythical north faces: Eiger, Matterhorn and Grandes Jorasses.

1995
BOUGHT BY LAFUMA

On February 6th, the Millet, Racer and Gamet brands are acquired by the Drôme-based leader of the French backpack market.

 
 
 
2001
MILLET HURTLES DOWN EVEREST
In May, Marco Siffredi makes the first-ever complete descent of the Tibetan north face of Everest (8,850m) via the Norton Couloir. It is also a first for Millet, sponsor of the unorthodox freerider.
 

 

For the mountain enthusiasts
2003
A RACE WITH MILLET’S NAME
The maiden edition of the TSF-Millet (Tournette Sources du Fier) ski-mountaineering race. With its 5,000 meters of elevation gain over two days, it has become a major event for mountain lovers.   
2007
HELPING DREAMS COME TRUE ous
Through Millet Expedition Project, the brand supports individual and group initiatives worldwide involving sport, adventure and the mountains.
 

 

2009
ROPED UP WITH CHAMONIX GUIDES
Millet partners with the Chamonix Guides Company, the world's oldest and most prestigious company with 250 mountain guides.
2012
DESIGN DISTINCTION
L'observateur International du Design hands two awards to Millet: for the Everest mountaineering boot and the ULZ zip jacket.
2013
THE ACME OF INNOVATION
Millet earns a gold medal for the new Ski Touring Matrix backpack: a transgressive design and a powerfully innovative articulated-back system. /div>
 

 

 

 

 
 
2013
Yannick Graziani climbs the Annapurna South face
This alpine-style ascent will be awarded by a special recognition at the 2013 Piolet d’Or awards.
AT THE HEART OF THE COMMUNITY
2018
Millet, official outfitter of the three most prestigious guides companies in the Alps: Chamonix, Grindelwald and Cervino.

We recreate the mythical Alpine Trilogy with these companies who work on the three most emblematic mountains: Mont-Blanc, Eiger and Matterhorn.