A FAMILY BUSINESS
BLEUFORET IN SOME DATES
1995 - Creation of the BLEUFORÊT brand of natural fibre socks for women (sold in department stores and retailers).
1998 - Launch of the Men's sock collections.
2000 - Beginning of exports to the most famous chain shops in Europe, then to Asia, South Korea, Canada etc...
2005 - Launch of the velvety fine cotton tights
2009 - Beginning of distribution in hypermarkets (smaller specific collections)
2010 - Start of Internet sales.
2010 - TRICOTAGE DES VOSGES takes over the company OLYMPIA, which was in receivership at the time. Relocation of most of its production to the Vosges factory in Vagney.
2016 - Launch of the BLEUFORÊT network of own shops. Opening of the first 2 shops in Paris (rue de Rennes) and Lyon (Place Bellecour).
2017 - Important industrial diversification with the launch of a range of high quality synthetic tights (polyamide/Lycra) under the BLEUFORÊT brand. This is the first time in 30 years that a nylon pantyhose production facility is once again established in France!
2018 - Integration in the BLEUFORÊT logo of the stylized capercaillie; the "Tétras" is the emblematic bird of the Vosges.
2019 - Launch of a range of knee-highs in polyamide/Lycra yarn.
2022 - 13 BLEUFORÊT boutiques are now open, 6 in Paris and 7 in the regions, located in the heart of cities.
RESPECT FOR THE FACTORY'S HERITAGE
We were keen to preserve and renovate the tall brick chimney, which stands between the two bodies of the factory dating from the late 19th century.
We have preserved and restored the imposing turbines dating from 1910, which produced energy by capturing a branch of the Moselotte river passing under the technical buildings.
This is exactly the model on which the present powerful hydro-electric turbine operates, which today supplies more than half of the factory's energy needs. The large factory buildings have been preserved.
The contrast with the modernity of the latest generation of knitting machines is striking.