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. "

LAFONT

Removable, elasticated braces with metal buckles.
2 slanted bib pockets with visible brass zippers; 1 pen pocket in the middle of the bib.
Button down fly front.
2 positions for side closings with rivet buttons.
2 lower pockets.
1 ruler pocket.
1 back pocket with visible brass zipper and hammer holder - Double stitched seams throughout

LAFONT

Fabric: moleskin 100% - cotton treated Sanfor® 410g

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Work Overalls in Coated Cotton

96,00 €

These are the original overalls created by Adolphe Lafont.

  • Gender: unisex.
  • Material: moleskin 100% - cotton treated Sanfor® 410g
  • Size advice: the overalls are cut to fit the body snuggly; we recommend you choose the size above your normal one.

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Worship side

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.

The overalls were at their most popular at the end of the 19th century in the motor industry factories, as a very practical work garment which was in addition provided free to the employees.

Its French name “salopette” comes from “sale” or more precisely “salope”, which in old French meant “crasseux” or filthy in English. The overalls are comfortable, hard-wearing and easy to wash, no need to worry about getting dirty!

Regularly revised and updated by the greatest fashion designers (Jean-Paul Gaultier, Isabelle Marrant, Chloe…), they are a timeless piece.

Immortalised by Charlie Chaplin in his film “Modern Times” and by John Steinbeck in “Grapes of Wrath”, adapted for the cinema by John Ford, the work overalls will soon be worn by the wider public for more regular use. From the early 50s until the 80s, the Lafont overalls are updated and appear in bright colours.

This is the start of their great success outside the world of work, as fashion garments. The overalls make a loud entry into the pages of VOGUE in the 60s/70s and are quickly adopted by the fashion gurus and the ready-to-wear labels.

You won’t find a cool hippy without them, or a girl who hasn’t used to her advantage the sexy open neck in the boyish style, or the glamorous outline of her curves.

The popularity of the overalls reaches its peak in the 80s, when Sophie Marceau is seen wearing them in the film “La Boum”, or the entertainer Coluche with his band Le Splendide. The overalls then get street cred and take the US by storm.

If you like to wear comfortable and stylish clothes, then the overalls are perfect.

Our cotton model is simplified and more fluid. The buckles and zippers are all brass coloured.