A good down jacketcombines lightness, comfort and warmth," says Aymeric de Rorthays, managing director of Au Vieux Campeur, the expert brand in technical clothing. Invented in the United States in the 1930s, this quilted jacket was originally inspired by down-filled sleeping bags. It wasn't until the 1950s that the American outdoor pioneer Holubar made the first nylon parts in his workshop in the Rocky Mountains, while Moncler did the same on this side of the Atlantic in the French Alps.
A favourite garment for mountaineers and skiers, the one called piumino in Italy and puffer jacket by the Anglo-Saxons, arrived in the city in the 1980s. And especially in the streets of Milan where paninari are flourishing, these young Italians dressed in Timberland boots, Levi's 501 jeans, Armani shirt and, above all, Moncler jacket! It is precisely the originally French company bought by Remo Ruffini in 2003 that...
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