The name is an abbreviation of Monestier-de-Clermont, a village in the mountains near Grenoble. The first quilted jackets were conceived for protecting workers from the cold. They used the jackets on top of their overalls in the small mountain establishment.
The first to note them and realize their potential was the French mountaineer Lionel Terray. The result saw the specialist range „Moncler pour Lionel Terray”.
On occasion of the Grenoble Winter Olympics in 1968, Moncler became the official supplier of the French national downhill skiing team.
In 2003, Moncler was bought out by the Italian entrepreneur Remo Ruffini, chairman and CEO, who was to introduce the strategy of the global quilted jacket.
Moncler: main line for men and women
Moncler Enfant: kidswear collection
Moncler Grenoble: the skiwear collection made its debut in New York in 2010 during New York Fashion Week
Moncler Gamme Rouge: Moncler’s haute couture collection designed by Alessandra Facchinetti and then by Giambattista Valli.
Moncler Gamme Bleu: men’s collection designed by Thom Browne and presented at Milan Fashion Week.
Moncler O: A collaboration between Moncler and Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh
Moncler C: A collaboration between Moncler and British designer Craig Green
In 2018 Remo Ruffini conceived the Moncler Genius project, where designers create collections interpreting Moncler’s identity that are released on monthly basis.