A Name, a City, a History
Burgundy, famous throughout the world for its wines, is a land of ancestral know-how, in the wine field of course, but also in the industrial field with a tradition of mining and textile industries.
It is no coincidence that Monnet was born and developed in Montceau Les Mines, as the former mining area is also one of the historical cradles of French textiles.
Indeed, at the time, wives often knitted while men worked in the mines.
At the beginning of the last century, in the 1930s, Mr François Monnet, a merchant-bonnetier in Montceau les Mines, offered his customers custom-made products. Given the success of his creations, François Monnet went from being a retailer to a manufacturer, relying on the know-how of the region's inhabitants.
During the following years, Mr. Monnet observed the emergence of the first winter sports resorts and the development of skiing, and directed his production towards textile articles for sport, particularly ski socks.
A long-standing commitment to competitive sport
Very quickly, thanks to the quality of its products, the Monnet brand was chosen to be the exclusive supplier of the French ski teams. Emile Allais, the famous ski champion - triple gold medallist at the World Championships - is equipped with Monnet socks.
He is the first of a long list of French ski champions who have chosen Monnet socks to accompany them in their sporting performances. Jean-Claude Killy, Jean Vuarnet, Marielle Goitschel and many others have signed their exploits equipped with Monnet socks...
For more than half a century, from the 1936 Olympic Games in Garmisch-Partenkirchen to those of Calgary in 1988, Monnet was the exclusive supplier of the French ski team.
Continuing this long tradition, Monnet signed a partnership agreement in 2013 to be the Official Supplier of the French Nordic ski teams. It is thus with Monnet socks that the French champions, Martin Fourcade, Quentin Fillon-Maillet, Simon Desthieux, Anaïs Bescond, Anaïs Chevalier-Bouchet and many others, have won numerous titles on the slopes around the world.
These decades of experience in contact with top-level athletes have given Monnet an unrivalled know-how in the design of technical socks for sport. Today, our integrated Research and Development department develops new models by bringing together top athletes, sports podiatrists and textile engineers.
To develop our models, we draw our inspiration from the demands of competitive athletes and our in-depth knowledge of all materials - from the most natural ones such as wool and silk to the most innovative ones such as bioceramic polyester - and their assembly.
Made In France
At a time when the virtues of French manufacturing are being rediscovered, Monnet maintains the line that has always been its own since its creation: to rely on French know-how to develop very high quality products.
All Monnet socks, without exception, are produced in our production unit in Montceau-les-Mines, Burgundy, and today, Monnet can claim the privilege of offering its customers 100% French production. Monnet would not be faithful to its tradition if, in addition to its technical know-how, it did not also have the will to offer models with an attractive design.
Like the many "Maisons" that have made French know-how famous throughout the world, Monnet is rich in its roots and its history, while resolutely looking to the future.