In 1930, the three brothers Alfred, Victor and Gabriel Lafuma created the eponymous brand in their small workshop in Anneyron in the Drôme. With the invention of the metal frame, they revolutionized the backpack. Over the years, the Lafuma brothers diversified their skills and created camping furniture, textiles and shoes.
Today, based in Annecy, the team revisits the collections, preserving the know-how that has made the brand internationally renowned.
The mountains were Lafuma's very first playground and the history of mountaineering tells of its pioneering knowledge of equipment. In 1953, its famous "Tyrolean" bag climbed Everest on the back of Sherpa Tensing. The 39-year-old Nepalese was the first man, along with Edmund Hillary, to climb and reach this mythical summit via the Tibetan North Face.
On the technical side, experienced mountaineers have also accompanied Lafuma in its developments. Gaston Rebuffat, a leading figure in French mountaineering, was Lafuma's technical advisor for many years.
Today, Lafuma designs its collections for extraordinary and ordinary adventures. To each his own Everest.
Sustainable development is in Lafuma's genes. Reducing our impact and contributing to the protection of the environment has always been one of our priorities.
Since its creation, Lafuma has brought together people who are passionate about nature and who want to leave their children a world in which they can enjoy exploring. Today, more than ever, this is the guiding principle of all our actions.
In the early 1990s , Lafuma began to question its role in protecting the environment.
An eco-responsible vision turned into action. In the field, Lafuma became a partner of France Nature Environnement in 1992 and of the WWF in 2000. And on the product side, Lafuma developed its first bag made of recycled cotton in 1993.
Today,80% of the collection is eco-designed. These products are identified by our Low Impact™ label, certifying their traceability and eco-design.
Lafuma is also a committed community in the field. Once a year, for more than 10 years, Lafuma has been gathering its community in Chamonix and organizing the Responsible Mountain operation, a day to raise awareness about reducing our impact in the mountains as well as in the city. In 10 years, more than 28 tons of waste have been removed from the mountain