Aigle: A Legacy of Excellence – Tracing Historical Footprints

Since 1853 and Forever

Aigle, the revered brand synonymous with impeccable craftsmanship and innovation, has a rich history that dates back to the 19th Century. For over a century and a half, this iconic French brand has been a pioneer in crafting exceptional outdoor footwear and apparel, combining tradition with modern technology to cater to the needs of outdoor enthusiasts. Let’s take a journey through time to discover the fascinating story of Aigle.

The Birth of Aigle: 1853

Hiram Hutchinson

The story of Aigle began in 1853 when Hiram Hutchinson, an American businessman, set out on a quest to revolutionize footwear. Inspired by Native American footwear, Hutchinson established a rubber manufacturing company in Montargis, France. The company’s founding principle was to create boots that would provide exceptional comfort, strength, and flexibility.

Hutchison had obtained a license 3 years previous from fellow American Charles Goodyear’s patented vulcanisation process. He then emigrated to France where he applied the new process to the production of a waterproof Wellington Boot.

The Rubber Revolution: 19th Century & Early 1900’s

Aigle Advert from 1939 showcasing the brands commitment to family values

During the 19th century, rubber was a burgeoning industry, and Aigle stood at the forefront of this revolution. Aigle’s boots quickly gained recognition for their superior quality and durability. The brand’s expertise in crafting natural rubber boots earned it a distinguished reputation and positioned it as a leader in the industry.

With the revolution brought about by the introduction of paid leave in 1930’s France, Aigle diversified its offer: sports and outdoor shoes designed to appeal to France’s growing middle class.

Aigle: Post-War Expansion and Global Reach

Aigle print advert from 1956

After World War 2, Aigle expanded its offerings beyond just footwear. The brand began producing various outdoor garments and accessories, further solidifying its position as a comprehensive outdoor lifestyle brand. Aigle’s products were sought after not only in France but worldwide, attracting a global audience with a penchant for adventure and quality.

in 1989, Aigle opened its first dedicated store in Paris marking a significant milestone by introducing ready-to-wear apparel & clothing alongside its renowned shoe collection.

Innovations and Sustainable Initiatives: 21st Century

Aigle are committed to the sustainable production of all their rubber.

As the brand stepped into the 21st century, it continued to evolve with the changing times. Aigle embraced innovative technologies and sustainable practices, committing to reducing its environmental footprint. The brand implemented eco-friendly materials and processes, ensuring that their products were not only high-quality but also environmentally responsible.

Aigle’s mission statement is to “Enable everyone to fully experience nature without leaving behind any impact except their footprints.”

Aigle Today: A Legacy Continues

Today, Aigle stands as a symbol of excellence in the world of outdoor apparel and footwear. With its heritage deeply rooted in quality, innovation, and a passion for the outdoors, the brand remains committed to providing products that embody durability, comfort, and style.

The journey of Aigle from a small rubber boot manufacturer in 1853 to a globally recognized brand is a testament to its dedication to craftsmanship, innovation, and a profound love for nature. With each step, Aigle continues to forge ahead, carrying its legacy and heritage into the future, ensuring that adventurers around the world can embrace the outdoors with confidence and style, while still being responsible stewards of our planet.

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