The secret of Moncler’s magic formula is Duvet, aka down, which means “feather” in French and comes primarily from aquatic birds raised in the South of Brittany and in Perigord. Here the climate and land, with it’s wealth of rivers and lakes, stimulates the production of the feathers by the animal allowing producers to certify the origin of the birds and follow the proper techniques for removing the down. Moncler uses about 220 grams for a man’s down jacket and and 160 grams for a woman’s down jacket. Down thus becomes one of the main components of the garment, and it’s quality determines the quality of the brand. Down is comprised of two elements. The first includes tufts and barbules: parts of the plumage taken from the stomach and below the wings of the birds. The second is plumules, similar to feathers but much smaller and softer. Moncler uses duvet neuf, down with four tufts, which the Ministry of Heath declares is the best quality on the market. In fact, the composition percentage determines its puffiness and thermal insulation, which accounts for 85 percent of the garment’s insulating power and unique lightness. Over fifty years of experience in handling down has allowed Moncler to establish specific coefficients for garments with a mathematically precise ratio between the square centimeters of surface area of the garment and the down contained in it. Basically what all of this boils down to is if you find yourself lost in the harsh arctic landscape of the planet Holth and there is a storm a brewing, this jacket will spare you from having to cut open your Tonton and climb inside it in order to save your hide!
Over the years Moncler began shifting from a well-respected French outerwear company into an international fashion powerhouse, a transformation that began in the 1980 with a collaboration with designer Chantel Thomas that lasted up until 1989. Continuing the transformation, in 1999 the first spring/summer collection was presented, and in 2002, for the brands fiftieth anniversary, a couture collection was presented. Then in 2003, a love of challenges prompted Como-based entrepreneur Remo Ruffini to take over the Moncler brand, of which he is now the creative director. His main strategy was to launch a global quilted jacket for all occasions, retracing the brand’s history and returning to the roots of the Grenoble-born quilted jacket whilst giving it a new fit. The dream for the future proved to be the perfect equation: Moncler equals quilted jackets, and quilted jackets equal Moncler.
Folks, let’s talk protection…from the elements that is. Moncler is a famous name that should be familiar to anyone who loves the outdoors or is simply in need of the best protection from Mother Nature, but few know that the name is an abbreviation of Monestier de Clermont, a place near Gernoble, where in 1952 René Ramillon and André Vincent founded what would become one of the most famous companies in the Outdoor industry. Ramillon was the best known manufacturer of mountain equipment in the city, who’s innovative talents were demonstrated by the dozens of patents he acquired. Over the years, the much loved professional quality of Moncler’s products had been perfected with the help of mountain climbers, the French Army and alpine skiers such as Lionel Terray.
The first time down was utilized in jacket form was in 1952 for factory workers in France who wore them over their overalls inside the plant during the coldest months of the year. They probably looked more like blue boxes than clothes in those days, but not to Lionel Terray. He had just returned from an expedition in Canada, and the goose down-filled jackets must have seemed like the ideal solution to someone who had been driven to the frigid limit in the pursuit of extreme conquests.
Moncler and Terray’s experiments were continually tested and perfected in the field. In 1954 the brand’s down-jackets were were chosen to equip the Italian Karakorum expedition, which culminated with the conquest of the second highest peak on Earth. They became the official supplier of the French national alpine skiing team, who participated in the 1968 Winter Olympics. Moncler even changed their logo for this special occasion to the little rooster they are recognized for today. Further developments occurred in 1972 when the French team asked for a decisive change from the double-down jackets to a single garment that would be easier to wear but still suitable for the harsh temperatures of the high mountains. This lighter, more manageable garment helped warm the muscles before races and, in essence, became the current Moncler down jacket.
Rime is expanding with our new Sportswear-Annex, which will officially open on October 18th. The space will be stocked with limited edition product from the world’s leading sportswear companies including Nike, Reebok, Converse, and Undftd. The idea behind the Annex is not just to provide yet another spot in order to feed the sneaker-heads, but to design a space that would serve as both a showcase for a well-edited selection of professional products for the urban athlete as well as a venue to promote an active-lifestyle in general. To further serve it’s mission we will be hosting special events in the space as well as frequently updating our website with articles focusing on a number of heath and fitness related topics that will include sports, exercise, and nutrition. So there is no excuse not to engage in those New Year’s resolutions early. Plus, if you don’t exactly meet those goals at least you will look good trying.
Timbs, Timbos, Timmies? None of these names applied before 1973 when the company’s name was officially Abington. Confused? Let me break it down for you. In 1952, Timberland founder Nathan Swartz, who began his shoemaking career in Beantown in 1918 as an apprentice stitcher, bought half interest in The Abington Shoe Company. Three years later he bought up the remaining shares at which time he brought his sons into the company. Things didn’t really start to get rolling until 1960 when the Swartz family introduced the innovative injection-molding technology into the footwear industry. This enabled the production of virtually waterproof boots by connecting the soles to the leather uppers without stitching. The brand name Timberland was introduced for this product and because the waterproof boot proved to be very popular, in 1973 the company name was officially changed to The Timberland Company.
The Abington Collection consist of three different styles: The Roll Top (as seen above), The Cupsole, and The Hiker. All three silhouettes are crafted from locally-sourced leathers from Horween Leather Company of Chicago and feature Vibram outsoles. The collection will soon be exclusively available in Brooklyn at Rime.
We know times are hard, summer has faded away, and the future is uncertain. So if you are in need of a solid winter jacket that will keep the chill off your back and insulate your wallet from the economy, we have you covered. Penfield, the Massachusetts outerwear company that has built a reputation for making the highest-quality down-filled jackets, fleece and outerwear, has just dropped the first pieces of their fall collection at Rime, but they are going fast. The Rockwool model above features a Teflon coated 60/40 cotton nylon shell that cannot be beaten for near weightless comfort and easy care. Plus at this price you might just have enough leftover to cover your rent for the month.
Penfield garments are designed to stand up to the demands of a NY climate, yet are equally at home sheltering you from a storm anywhere the wind blows. The Kasson (above), is a staff favorite here at Rime because of it’s naturally breathable Teflon coating, which is tremendously strong and sheds water easily. It has a snap-over storm flap with inside zipper, velcro adjustable cuffs, and plaid lining. But you don’t need to take my word for it–more styles are on the way so you should have no problem finding that perfect jacket for your needs.