Founded in 1952, Fusalp has been at the forefront of skiwear design ever since it was established by a pair of tailors in the heart of the French Alps. Known for revolutionising skiwear, the brand created the very first technical stirrup pants that were worn by the French ski team in the 1960s.
Continuing with this forward-thinking approach to design, the label has continued to hit the sweet spot, offering both style and technicality under the artistic direction of Mathilde Lacoste. Here, the art of movement is celebrated, as Fusalp has evolved to meet the demands of not only the slopes but the city too, with both ski and urban lines. And with evolution comes collaborations, cue the French powerhouse, Chloé.
The second collaboration collection for the duo, expect fashion design, active elegance and technical prowess in abundance. The ready-to-wear line, which is now available in stores and online, consists of color block jacquard capes, military style jackets (complete with a detachable shearling collar), along with a whole whole of accessories. As for the color palette, there are retro vibes with classic navy, white, mistral blue, and burgundy that plays to the rich and oh-so-cool heritage of Fusalp.
Fusalp’s Artistic Director, Mathilde Lacoste tells us more about the heritage of the brand, design signatures, and the second collaboration with Chloé.
Felicity Carter: What is your earliest memory of fashion?
Mathilde Lacoste: My first memory of fashion was attending my first fashion show at l’École des arts appliqués in the heart of Paris. I was around fourteen or fifteen years old and I had the opportunity to visit the school and watch the show with my father. There was a magnificent, nearly tangible, energy throughout the room and after that day, I knew that I desired to create and design.
FC: Tell us about Fusalp, and it’s heritage?
ML: Fusalp was founded by two tailors in 1952 on the banks of Lake Annecy in the heart of the French Alps. The brand revolutionized Alpine ski clothing by creating, most notably, the first technical fuseau (or as we know it, the ski strirrup pant) and the racing one-piece suit that would be worn by France’s national teams in the 1960s. As the privileged partner of the greatest Alpine skiing champions, Fusalp has always striven to create the ideal balance between technicality and comfort, along with precision and elegance in our cuts and design. The Fusalp silhouette is dynamic and emphasised by garments made of very well-considered, light, and structured materials that facilitate movement throughout day to day. In each urban ready-to-wear and ski collection, Fusalp celebrates the art of movement; an art inspired by Alpine skiing and the aesthetics of its curves, adapted to our urban and contemporary lifestyles.
FC: What are the brand pillars?
ML: Technicality, functionality and elegance. From durable fabrics with highly technical qualities to clean and contemporary cuts, we aim to design a plural wardrobe destined for both the mountains and the city, which radiates our signature sport-chic allure. Durability is also of the utter most importance – Fusalp pieces are meant to last a lifetime and to be effortlessly timeless, to be worn throughout every season and passed down from generation to generation.
FC: What are the design signatures of the collection?
ML: For Fusalp Fall/Winter 2021-22, we designed a collection that illustrates the unique combination of our tailoring know-how and our strong technical expertise. For women’s ready-to-wear, voluminous jackets in silky and protective nylon allow us to face the winter season with a bold and optimistic spirit. Easy to wear extra-long coats with a tailored fit radiate warmth while facilitating movement. For men, knee-length urban jackets have inherited all the the performance characteristics of our ski jackets, composed of stretch materials with membranes that are waterproof, windproof, and breathable. For this season’s ski collection, we’ve introduced a heritage capsule for men and women, which is a nod to our Alpine champion history with a red, white and blue retro aesthetic. We integrate into each season our best sellers – the fuseau pant for both the city and ski, along with the fitted one-piece ski suit for women in hue of colors, including encre blue and black.
FC: Who is the Fusalp customer?
ML: The Fusalp customer values style, comfort and versatility. They believe in the importance of clothing that is comfortable and liberates the freedom of movement, while accentuating the figure. They are active, intentional and optimistic – from skiing in the mountains to living in a contemporary city environment, they carry their Fusalp pieces with them wherever they go, almost like a second skin, and with confidence. Whether from the United States, United Kingdom, France, China or Korea – our international community cultivates their signature style with durability and timelessness in mind.
FC: How did the collaboration with Chloé come about?
ML: The Chloé x Fusalp capsule was born out of the desire to create elegant, versatile ski and ready-to-wear pieces, while designing with technicality and functionality at the core. Through this capsule, together we designed the perfect balance of garments that perform to their highest level while remaining both stylish and polished. By coincidence, Chloé and Fusalp both date back to 1952, and we both share recognizable signatures and enduring values. The color palette – winter white, deep burgundy and beige rosé – echos the heritage and tradition of Fusalp while alluding to the naturally feminine tones that are emblematically Chloé.
FC: Which is your favorite piece from the Chloé x Fusalp line?
ML: My favorite piece from the collection is the Chloé x Fusalp Quilted Cape, which is new for Fall/Winter 2021-22. I find that this piece corresponds to an attitude – a quintessential combination of confidence, chicness and elegance. It has a magnificent jacquard pattern in mistral blue and antique rust, which combines Fusalp’s technical sportswear know-how in the most innovative materials with Chloé’s elevated fashion expertise. This cape has urban ready-to-wear elements, inspired by the 1970’s with a sport-chic touch, and ideal to slip on after a long day on the slopes or out in the city.
See all the collections on fusalp.com.