Moncler's nylon down jackets have become one of the most iconic winter garments in modern history. Yet, the brand had very humble beginnings. Monestier-de-Clermont, an alpine village in south-eastern France, became the inspiration behind the name Moncler as well as its' place of origin. Established here in 1952, the founders René Ramillon and André Vincent, started out by producing quilted sleeping bags and robust tents. The first down jackets were originally made for workers in factory on the mountainside to wear over their overalls.