At the beginning of the 20th century, the aspirations of Abel Rossignol were little more than the dreams of a fan who, located in the middle of the French Alps near Grenoble, strived to improve mountain sports with skis perfect for taking on slopes. A century on, the brand—founded in 1907—had established itself on the world stage for its high-quality products and gear for high-altitude sports enthusiasts. While, at the beginning, skis were the core part of production, over time new features, including snowboards, ski boots and technical apparel, were added. The history of the brand is also closely linked to the successes of athletes competing at the Winter Olympics. The 1960s saw a turning point for Rossignol in terms of global visibility. In Squaw Valley, California, Frenchman Jean Vuarnet won the downhill competition with the Allais 60, an all-metal ski model.
The brand has always used innovative materials to create its gear and, since the introduction of clothing, its collections have been notable for their ability to combine practicality and fashion trends. Since the beginning, the objective has been to bring a touch of creativity to a world in which creating clothing that is technical, but not necessarily unique, is the main aim.
For Autumn/Winter 2019, Rossignol presents classic collections for men, women and kids, which benefit from the brand’s traditional expertise when it comes to ski slopes. In addition to these, exclusive collaborations with designers like Jean-Charles de Castelbajac and Tommy Hilfiger will draw attention.
Rossignol’s garments combine outstanding craftsmanship and innovation, bolstered by painstaking research into the materials and fabrics used. Padded jackets, trousers, sweatshirts and thermal base layers are crafted with close attention to detail, from the use of high-performance materials to designs that strive for sophistication.
“SKI IN SKY”, the capsule collection designed in collaboration with stylist Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, experiments with slanting black and white prints that combine imaginative, artistic flair and quality to the slopes. These garments contain touches of historic and contemporary style. While this dazzling print was used for ships during the First and Second World Wars to confuse the enemy, today it’s used to give classic padded jackets and boxy jackets a modern feel. And then there’s the Screen Coat: Complete with check print, this item showcases military and utility inspirations reworked to satisfy the needs of mountain goers.
The Tommy Hilfiger x Rossignol capsule collection takes the bold style of the American label and uses it to create garments that—complete with red, blue and white colour-block motifs—stay true to iconic elements of both brands. The result is a collection of items in which quilted jackets, softshell fabrics and ski trousers are breathable and dry quickly, garments provide thermal insulation and models guarantee ease of movement and adhere to contemporary trends.