British Millerain, l’héritage anglais

British Millerain, English heritage

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From Sunday, we will present to you a brand new piece in waxed cotton, designed to keep you dry and developed with the very respected English house British Millerain. Does that remind you of something ? This is normal, the workshop is known for its long-standing work with many brands specializing in the outdoors. We'll tell you more about this very special English workshop.

Since the 1880s, British Millerain has created technical fabrics intended for the military as well as for work in the countryside. In 1894, the house released its first model in rain-resistant oilcloth; in the following years, numerous variations were developed, thus offering a wider range of waterproof materials. Expertise focused on a specific product, which the company has continually improved over the years: we might as well tell you that our first parka is in good hands!

If the house first became known in Europe, it quickly won over the United States, before building a reputation throughout the world. The quality of its oilcloths is perfected, in particular thanks to technological progress, which allows greater precision and finesse, without ever losing the original values: creating natural materials resistant to water, earth and numerous gestures Daily.

But why is oilcloth so popular? Whether for its waterproof properties or its unique and timeless authentic appearance, the famous material has long been given pride of place in the outwear collections of some of the most respected brands. We are no exception.

And its history helps maintain the fascination. In the 15th century, sailors were subject to the impetuosity of wind, rain and waves and benefited from little protection in the face of sometimes violent events. Their survival depended in part on the strength and impermeability of clothing, capable of protecting them effectively, in particular by staying dry to maintain their body heat.

English sailors then applied linseed oil to their thick linen canvas uniforms, which provided good waterproofing while maintaining a certain lightness. The pieces thus coated could also serve as reinforcements for the sailors on deck, subject to the bites of the wind and the splashes of the ocean.

Their survival depended in part on the strength and impermeability of clothing , capable of protecting them effectively, in particular by staying dry to maintain their body heat.

Over time, the demand for flexible and resistant clothing has increased, finer and more efficient materials have emerged.

In the 18th century, a cotton weaving workshop perfected the art of applying linseed oil to canvas; the Royal Navy adopted this new technique very quickly. Far from being perfect, linseed oil took on a yellowish color over time and cracked with cold temperatures, thus losing its resistant properties.

British Millerain, then well established in cotton and finishing work, decided to tackle this problem by developing a paraffin-based wax, which offered both great resistance and breathability to clothing. This process was at the origin of the one we know today.

The excellent quality of the wax applied by British Millerain quickly became known to many workshops, who then sent their fabrics to the famous house to ensure this perfect finish. Via this new network, British Millerain products are exported to New Zealand, before being widely distributed in England by the biggest brands.

British Millerain, then having the monopoly on oilcloth, decided to protect its creations in order to ensure that its know-how remained within its family. Little by little, the family business acquired new workshops, which allowed it to extend its influence to the European and American markets. Today, the demand for “British Millerain” oilcloths pushes the company to innovate and excel in its field by combining tradition, technology and ecological awareness.

With the desire to develop a jacket with minimalist lines, designed in an iconic, resistant material, and with the raw aesthetic that we love so much, we are happy to have been able to work with one of the most beautiful English workshops in our time, which has been able to reinvent itself and perpetuate know-how passed down from generation to generation.

See you on Sunday to discover it!

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