Chapal, a tanner for 183 years

Founded in 1832, Chapal is a leather and fur family business. From ready-to-wear to leather goods, products are oriented around the world of aviation and the automobile industry.

Chapal started in Crocq, in France, with the tanning and dyeing of rabbit fur. Chapal, however, rapidly diversified its activities.

In 1881 a factory opened in Brooklyn. This was the turning point that left its imprint on the Chapal DNA. The firm created and provided the US Air Force with the A1 and A2 leather jackets. As World War II came closer, the equipment changed and the firm supplied waterproof leather (registered patent) for B3 bomber jackets.

As from the beginning of the 20th century, the manufacture started supplying many other prestigious houses such as Dior.

The takeover of the manufacture in 1982 by Jean-François Bardinon is the latest significant event. As a seventh-generation member, he insures the continuity of the almost two hundred year-long family craftsmanship.

A secretive French manufacturing

At a time of outsourcing, Chapal jackets are entirely made in Crocq, a little village France. Its products are of indisputable quality and guaranteed for life.

The fact that the designing and manufacturing happen in the same place allows the manufacture to offer a tailor-made service, all of which makes for the Chapal sense of creativity.


Family, savoir-faire and history form Chapal’s DNA. I like family shareholding. I recognize and approve this.’

Jean François Bardinon

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