LA BELLE HISTOIRE
Le coq sportif’s origins lie in Romilly-sur-Seine in a French region synonymous with the finest in hosiery craftsmanship. One of the craftsmen, Emile Camuset, combined his passion for hosiery and sport to create the tricolour brand. Applying his drive and expertise, he became the leader in sports apparel and the first choice for all sportsmen.
With the application of innovative knitting techniques on functional jerseys, le coq sportif created a new comfort
in sports garments in the early 20th century that culminated in the invention of the 7 day suit – the tracksuit.
Le coq sportif’s passion for quality brought the brand to the forefront of world sport: the Tour de France for more than 40 years; the legendary World Cup Champion teams Argentina in 1986 and Italia in 1982; the 1983 Roland Garros winning tennis star Yannick Noah; and most notably, kitting out the everyday sportsman.
Twenty-five years later, Yannick still stands by le coq sportif. He was joined in 2007 by his son, basketball player Joakim Noah and rugby player Frédéric Michalak. In 2012, new le coq sportif recruit and French swimming prodigy Yannick Agnel, became a double Olympic champion.
The brand made a return to Romilly in 2010 with the establishment of the Textile Development Centre and in 2012, opened a new production unit. Later in 2012, to celebrate its 130th anniversary, le coq sportif once again became the official supplier of Le Tour de France.