Back in 1968, a pivotal year when CHAPAL accompanied the Grenoble Winter Olympics, manufacturing the hostesses’ outfits. It was during this same fervour that the CHAPALAC was created, becoming the jacket that made motor sport an integral part of the House’s image. In fact, the tricoloured rabbit was chosen as the emblem by the Director of Ford France in a nod to the “Mustang”.

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Its ambassadors include Jean-Pierre Beltoise, Henri Pescarolo and François Cevert, iconic Formula 1 drivers and loyal friends of Pierre Bardinon, the seventh generation of the family.

With the Paris 2024 Olympic Games just around the corner, Jean-François Bardinon is paying tribute to this symbolic jacket. The CHAPALAC has now been reinterpreted with a more colourful touch and a lining dyed by the Creusois workshops, in a brushed cotton twill, enhanced by embroidery in shiny threads echoing the key elements of its history.

Made from very supple goat’s leather, lacquered as it was back in the day (hence the name CHAPAL “lacquer”) using contemporary skins and CHAPAL heritage techniques. The jacket is available in a range of colours – black, red, blue, yellow, orange – with a seventies influence and contrasting stripes. Its hood, made from rabbit hair sourced from the House’s historic stocks, allows for a number of style combinations, from sporty to catwalk-style: between competition and 70s nostalgia.


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