Laulhère, 180 years of history
Founded in 1838 at the foothills of the French Pyrenees by Lucien Laulhère, Maison Laulhère began manufacturing berets in 1840.
Since then, we have never stopped producing this mythical object, the beret, which is the result of a unique ancestral heritage and a know-how which is now only held by a handful of passionate people.
Our ambition is to tirelessly modernise the beret and bring it to the forefront, year after year, while perpetuating the priceless heritage of which we are today one of the last guardians.
- 1792 : Creation of Maison Laulhère in Oloron-Sainte-Marie by Pierre Laulhère, a wool merchant who starts to manufacture woollen stockings.
- 1838 : Lucien Laulhère, son of Pierre Laulhère, takes over the management of Maison Laulhère. At that time, Maison Laulhère was recognised for its know-how in the Béarn area as well as abroad.
- 1840 : Thanks to the marriage between Lucien Laulhère and Marie Tournaben, Maison Laulhère began manufacturing berets. It benefits from the know-how of the Maison Tournaben, which has been making berets since 1810. The transmission of know-how began and has continued ever since.
- 1890/92 : The workshops are installed on a new site, located on the banks of the Gave of Oloron-Sainte-Marie. Since that day, our workshops have not moved, but have undergone many changes and renovations.
- 1975/83 : Maison Laulhère develops its own beret knitting machines. This was the start of a series of innovations aimed at repeating the ancestral gestures of beret manufacturing, handed down from generation to generation.
- 2012 : Rosabelle Forzy is taking over the management of Laulhère, the last historical beret manufacturer, with the aim of promoting the made-in-France beret in France and abroad.
Laulhère, 180 years of passion
It is because we are passionate that the Laulhère adventure has lasted for 180 years.
Pierre Laulhère was passionate about merino wool and at the time went to Spain to select the best merino wool.
His son Lucien was passionate about learning and learned from his father-in-law the art of manufacturing a beret.
Future generations will continue the path of apprenticeship but also the development and innovation of new techniques of manufacture, in order to make the beret shine.
Today, the passion for the beret lives on within the teams, thanks to the transmission of each person's know-how.