It was in 1853 that Hiram Hutchinson, an American living in Montargis, France, bought the rubber vulcanization patent from Charles Goodyear and created the brand À l'Aigle, in reference to the American eagle. With this technology, the company’s first waterproof boots and coats were born. It was during the Roaring Twenties that the company expanded its product range, creating several accessories for cars (such as floor mats) and then, in the 1950s, sport shoes. Knowing a steady expansion in the decades that followed and driven by the success of a model of sailor jacket, the Copeland, the company expanded again in 2000 by launching on the Japanese and American markets. In 2006, it had 131 stores worldwide.