Wellington boots has become such a trendy item in the last few years or so that the old British brand Hunter became a fashion name and not just for farmlands as it was originally made for.
And now comes the revival and rise of Aigel from France which has just opened shop in Covent Garden London this November 2011.
Somehow more comfortable than other brands and quite attuned as well to the current trends in fashion.
Aigle is a French footwear and textile company founded in 1853 as the Compagnie du Caoutchouc Souple (Flexible Rubber Company) in Montargis (France) by the American businessman Hiram Hutchinson.
Hutchison had obtained a license in 1850 for fellow-American Charles Goodyear’s patented vulcanization process. He emigrated to France where he applied the new process to the production of Wellington boots and then raincoats. In the 20th century the company expanded into the production of accessories for the motor industry and, from the 1950s, sports shoes.
In 1967 the company, by now named Aigle, moved manufacturing to Ingrandes, near Châtellerault, on a 30 hectare site where around 10,000 pairs of shoes are produced annually.
Beginning in 2000 the company expanded into Japan and the United States. In 2006 there were 131 stores worldwide, of which 61 were in France, 14 elsewhere in Europe, and 56 in Asia. Gross sales for the 2005 fiscal year were around 120 million euros.
In 2005 majority ownership of the company was purchased by Swiss group Maus Frères.