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Le Chameau Story – Brand History, Video & Beautiful Images

Le Chameau Story

The Le Chameau story begins on a rainy day in Cherbourg.
Claude Chamot, had spent the day listening to his customers, farmers,
hunters and fishermen complaining that their boots were neither comfortable,
not durable. So he decided to do something about it.

I Love My Le Chameau

A Quest For Perfection

M. Chamot set out to create a new type of boot, that would withstand
the rigours of the countryside, and at sea. Fashioning his prototypes
from natural rubber, he asked those around him to test them.
Comfortable and hard-wearing, everyone who tried them loved them.
Making pioneering use of vulcanisation for greater durability,
the boots were improved and refined, and gradually M Chamot’s reputation grew.
Before long, customers from all over France were coming
to his store to be fitted for their own bespoke boots.

Le Chameau The Birth Of A Brand

The Birth Of A Brand

By 1939, M. Chamot had acquired a workshop at Pont d’Ouilly, Normandy
and produced his boots on a larger scale. His craftsmen maintained the exceptional quality
that ensured his reputation.
In 1949 M. Chamot was sufficiently confident to invest in a new factory – in Casablanca,
Morocco, where Normandy trained bottiers ensured the Chamot standards were upheld.
To mark the expansion, and with a nod to Morocco, M. Chamot renamed his company
«Le Chameau» (the camel), relishing the opportunity for word-play.
The Le Chameau range was expanding all the time, with specialist styles and fittings to suit a
wide range of professions and outdoor pursuits. In 1950, M. Chamot combined the expertise
of the maitre bottier with that of the saddler to create the Saint-Hubert- the first rubber
boot to have a leather lining. The Saint-Hubert became a mark of discernment among
country professionals and remains so, more than 60 years later.
Equally trail-blazing was M. Chamot’s belief in the importance of customer service.
Owners’ treasured boots were refurbished by a specialist team at Pont D’Ouilly,
just as they are today.

Le Chameau Today

Le Chameau Today

Today, Le Chameau continues to set the standards of performance for all rubber boots.
M. Chamot would feel at home in the ateliers at Pont D’Ouilly and Casablanca.
It still takes nine months of intensive training to become a Le Chameau “Maître bottier”;
It’s this commitment to skill and dedication to craft that truly sets the brand
and its products apart.
Meanwhile, Le Chameau’s appeal grows. From outdoor professionals and connoisseurs,
who rely on the comfort and performance, to style-conscious rural and urban consumers.
All appreciate Le Chameau quality.
Le Chameau has new devotees in every country of the world.

Le Chameau Know How

Le Chameau Know How

Le Chameau Maitres Bottiers have been
making our boots by hand for over 87 years.
Our processes are a unique combination of traditional skills,
passed from generation to generation, and technical innovation
which has kept us at the forefront of our craft.
Our ateliers are in Pont D’Ouilly in Normandy
since 1939 and in Morocco since 1949.

There are Five Steps in the creation of a Le Chameau boot:

Le Chameau 1927

Why Le Chameau?

Le Chameau has remained close to its heritage and original manufacturing
methods through our workshops in Normandy and Morocco.
Those who wear Le Chameau really appreciate the comfort because
of our premium materials, construction and fit.
We are the only rubber brand to use a Maître Bottier who personally
assembles all the materials to make each individual boot.
The sleek curves of Le Chameau, and individual calf sizes and special fits
in some styles, mean we can offer a truly personalized fit.
With the highest standards of construction in rubber, leather, linings,
soles and trims, the legendary quality of our boots is famous.
Innovation is in our DNA. We were the first to offer a gusset,
a zip and a leather lining in a rubber boot. We continue to innovate,
in the design and technical benefits of our boots,
maintaining a proud tradition of “firsts”

Le Chameau Product Care

Product Care

Le Chameau takes great pride in the quality of its boots. To maintain comfort and
maximise their durability, we recommend that you follow these simple care instructions :

Clean your boots with nothing more than water and a brush
Let the boots air dry
Use a silicone spray and polish using a soft, dry cloth
Keep your boots in a dry and ventilated place, away from
direct sunlight and away from any heat source
If the boots get wet, please dry the lining thoroughly before using them again.
Crumpled newspaper will help.
If storing your boots for a long period, clean them thoroughly
and store away from direct sunlight in a dry, cool place.

Never dry your boots in direct contact with a heat source like a radiator or a fireplace
Do not use aggressive products, like detergents, to clean your boots
Never store your boots in a damp condition or folded

Keep the zip clean. Dirt will wear the zip and significantly reduce its life
The use of spray is recommended to lubricate the zip before the first use and after each use
Don’t leave the zip undone when wearing the boots, this will
increase the chances of dirt getting into the zip
– Never force the zip

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Le Chameau Chasseur

Chasseur – Created in 1970
The Chasseur is famous for its waterproof zip,
and rugged all day comfort. Now over forty
years old, and handcrafted in Pont D’Ouilly in
Normandy, the leather lined Chasseur continues
to justify its formidable reputation in the field.

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Published September 24th, 2015 by Jordan. Article ref 3998

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