We are Henry and Jean Louis. Friends since our years at the Textile School of Lyon, we are the founders of HENJL.
By creating in Henjl, in 2010, in Annecy, we had a unique desire : to imagine and produce woolen garments that would convey our state of mind. Garments respecting the personality of its owner both in the mountains and in the city. Sweaters, jackets, out of time, out of the ordinary ... with pure and refined design. That is why we do not compromise on quality, the way we work, or anything else.
After many experiences lived each of our side in a textile world more and more artificial and ephemeral, we find ourselves on an idea: develop ourselves stylish woolen garment, essential for the mountain, for the city, with true core values: a real environmental approach, manufacturing close to the consumer, an outstanding quality.
HENRY + JEAN LOUIS = HENJL
We are approaching Schoeller in Austria, the world's only supplier of wool yarns without chlorine treatments. We are forming partnerships with French knitters. We do tons of tests and trials. We do not have a name ... our brand will be called HENJL, the contraction of our two first names : Henry and Jean-Louis.
After two years of development, we finally offer our first collection of virgin wool mountain clothing with waterproof and windproof membrane. The REDGE jacket is our flagship product (it is still in collection). We register the WoolShell® label. Our products are for the first time available in France at "Au Vieux Campeur" stores.
NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENTS
We're developing WoolShell® STRETCH Boiled Wool for warmer and 100% windproof garments. Merino wool sweaters and the new MK2 double face technical products for the mountains are also part of our collections.
First presence on ISPO, the international trade fair in Munich. We are pursuing the commercial development of HENJL with the opening of sales in Great Britain with specialist Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports and in Tokyo, Japan at Contour shop.
HENJL ORGANIC CLOTHING
We replace polyester wadding with fully biodegradable alpine wool in all our wadding products. We partner with Picture Organic Clothing for a capsule collection of products designed by Picture and manufactured by HENJL.
We are developing a new generation of hybrid wool garments : knitting all together different structures and yarns for heat, strength and ventilation zones in one piece. The result of this development is the NORTON jacket.
We open our online sales website around a simple idea: let the choice of the knitting origin of our products to our customers. The same product may be available made in European Union or made in France . We only charge the extra net production cost.
Henjl is growing
After the opening of the website it is naturally that we choose to extend Henjl through new products. A new range of 100% merino wool T-shirts made in France, as well as a range of wool gloves to keep you warm all winter.
We are developing our MK2 range with a Body-Mapping ski jacket and pullover, flexible, light, warm and resistant for all sporting activities in the mountains. Thanks to our know-how, we have developed a range of COVID-19 protective certified UNS1 - Category 1.
The material makes the product
Historically knitted, we create new woven products from French woolen fabrics to be ever more local in our industrial approach. Our overshirts and chore jackets are in wool from the french South-West, with a denim version in cotton-merino wool.
Still passionate and free ...