The Crabos Company is anchored in the Landes region, which is the heartland of French goose and duck breeding, which has been a natural activity for the last 200 years in the area near the Pyrenees mountains.
The Pyrenex journey began in 1859, when great grandfather, Abel Crabos, began collecting feathers from farms and markets. His son Rene, joined him in the family business. Rene was the captain of the French rugby team after the Great War, and President of the French Rugby Federation in the 60s.
After buying a sorting machine, which was modern and specialised in raw material, the quality of the duck and goose down became so exceptional in terms of quality that it earned a reputation in demanding markets of Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Scandinavia, then to the United States and Japan. Rene’s wife, Marie Crabos, created the first down jackets in order to protect prisoners from the cold during World War II.
In 1960, Rene’s son, Andre, created the first workshops for bedding accessories such as elderdowns, comforters and pillows, along with some down filled garments. Andre was the driving force behind Pyrenex for the next 50 years.
1968 was the year in which Pyrenex became the brands official name, named after the region which is at the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains. The brand began to develop sleeping bags, and a range of bedding items which led to Pyrenex having the ability to design and manufacture their first down sports articles. The sleeping bags became a success among hikers, mountaineers and lovers of the outdoors, as the sleeping bags had a high compressibility and a very advantageous weight/insulation ratio.
When Louis Audoubert was chosen as technical adviser for the brand, and created the first mountaineering jacket. Audoubert himself had climbed in the Pyrenees and the Himalayas, and is well known worldwide. The down jackets were created especially for him and accompanied him on many of his expeditions. The very first jackets from Pyrenex were technical, designer to insulate and protect the wearer from the elements.
In the 80’s, the jackets were taken from the mountains and to the street, becoming a fashion statement among the masses. The Oisans, which was crafted from cotton with leather details was a success on the runway which made Pyrenex’s reputation. The 80’s was also the era of bright colours and glossy fabrics, with voluminous silhouettes for comfort.
Pyrenex was the official supplier of down for the opening ceremony of the 1992 olympics in Albertville.
In 2004, Edouard Crabos represented the fifth generation, taking over the reins of the company at the age of 32. Pyrenex created a new premium line, synonymous with French excellence and placed young designers in charge of artistic direction.
These jackets are selected in the finest stores from Paris, Beijing, New York and Hong Kong, as well as Saint Petersburg and Moscow.
We are pleased to welcome Pyrenex to our shelves this AW17 here at Aphrodite.