Since 1844 LAFONT has been an integral part of French workwear, providing clothing for métiers as varied as carpentery, stonemasonry and car mechanics.  The brand specializes in the provision of safe and durable, yet comfortable and stylish workwear, to companies and craftsmen across a wide range of industries.

Dedicated quality control teams carry out numerous controls at every key stage of the manufacturing process, from the design stage (pattern making) to tailoring of the finished product.

Lafont retains the undisputed paternity of the authentic working blue.

Hijacked early on by aristocrats who wore LAFONT’s overalls while pruning their rosebushes, or hip New York freaks from the 70s, or Sophie Marceau in "La Boum", or Coluche onstage, Lafont is the happy owner of timeless cuts patterns. "


Spread collar - Visible button closing - Flat-felled seams on sleeves - Cuffs with button closing - 1 interfaced breast pocket - 1 inside pocket - 2 lower pockets - Double stitched seams throughout.


Like denim, moleskin is well-known for being tough and hard-wearing, getting better with age. It is also warm, perfectly adapted to winter weather and breathable in summer weather. Moleskin is the material of choice for workwear in France.

The name Moleskin comes from the English “mole skin” because of its softness.

The material is very tightly woven and covered in tiny “hairs” which protected the workers from molten metal splashes in foundries.

Moleskin was widely used for making their work trousers and also their aprons. This material is part of the fustian range of textiles, thick twilled cotton cloth with a downy texture which once shorn suggests mole skin.

In France, workwear manufacturing expanded at the end of 17th century in response to the rapid development of industry. Work clothes were then made of cotton threads woven in different ways to produce corduroy, satin and moleskin. Adolphe Lafont decided to create clothing adapted to each profession.

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Work Jacket in Moleskin Cotton

79,00 €

The genuine work jacket from Adolphe Lafont. Original model from 1896.

Colours: Blue or Black

Gender: Unisex

Materials: Moleskin 100% cotton treated Sanfor@410g.

Sizes: 36 to 60.

Size advice: Select your normal size.

Refer to the size guide.

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Worship side

The Moleskin cotton jacket made by Maison Lafont is the original work coat, widely worn at the end of the 19th century by factory workers in the car industry. The garment must be comfortable, tough and easy to wash. As jeans became the uniform of the American factory worker, the “bleu de travail” or blue overalls became standard in workwear in Europe. The work coat is for life, and with years and many washes, it acquires a patina that gives it a beautiful texture and depth of colour. The work coat has become a cult item and is sold as vintage clothing in places like London and Saint-Ouen. Nevertheless, the authentic “blue de travail” Lafont can be worn every day.

With its elegant cut and spread collar, the coat is a source of inspiration for male fashion. At deToujours, we sell the original model