Lafont

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. "

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Adolphe Lafont created the overalls for his father-in-law who was a carpenter. He revised and improved the design progressively, adding a ruler pocket at the belt, and the bib held by the braces… Levis will take inspiration from Lafont.

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Fabric 100%  cotton 

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Size guide: Sizes 36 to 46.
Inside leg: 78cm (L)

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Work Overalls in Light Cotton

75,00 €

The genuine “Cotte à Bretelle 406” from Maison Lafont, immortalized by Sophie Marceau and Coluche.

  • Unisex
  • Denim 100% cotton 150g (light blue) – Denim 100% cotton 165g (indigo blue) – Cotton 65% Polyester 35% 250g (black and beige).
  • Size advice: the overalls are cut very close to the body, we recommend that you go up one size.

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Worship side

 Designed in 1954, the iconic “406” overalls are the younger and more modern version of the original work overalls made by Adolphe Lafont, the historical French workwear manufacturer.

The overalls became common workwear in the French automobile factories at the end of the 19th century, as they were a very practical work garment and in addition, they were provided for free to the workers by the employers.

Its French name “salopette” comes from “sale” or more precisely “salope”, which meant dirty in old French. So, no need to worry about getting dirty in these comfortable, indestructible and easy to wash overalls, as that is what they were made for.

Regularly revisited and updated by the greatest fashion designers (Jean-Paul Gaultier, Isabelle Marant, Chloé…), they are a timeless basic.

Immortalised by Charlie Chaplin in his film “Modern Times” and by John Steinbeck in “Grapes of Wrath”, adapted to the cinema by John Ford, the work overalls would soon be worn by the general public outside the factories. 

Between the early 50’s and the late 80’s, the Lafont overalls would be modernized and reproduced in countless colours.

That was the start of their great success story outside the work sphere, as they entered the world of fashion. As the overalls invaded the pages of VOGUE in the 60’s/70’s, they were quickly adopted by fashion gurus and reinterpreted by ready-to-wear labels.

No cool hippie would go without them, no girl who wouldn’t play with the low neck and the glamorous outline of her lower back in a sexy tomboy style.

The popularity of the overalls reached its peak in the 80’s, when Sophie Marceau wore them in the film “La Boum” as well as the French comedian, Coluche, and his friends of Le Splendid. Then, the overalls were adopted collectively and across the Atlantic, took the US by storm.

Having a pair of overalls is a must-have for comfort and style. This model is made in a lighter and softer cotton with brass coloured buckles and zippers.