Jules Baud started his business designing optical eyewear with one idea in mind: innovation. in the early 20th century, at the request of Chamonix crystal hunters wanting to protect their eyes in the mountains, he designed the first «Cristalliers» sunglasses, marking the start of Julbo’s optical sun protection story.
Julbo revolutionized the market with the introduction of the “Vermont”, mountaineers could now ascend summits with proper eye protection. These «glacier» sunglasses marked the start of climbing’s glory years, as mountaineers set out to conquer the highest peaks in the world. Adopted by rock stars as well as climbers, they soon became a collector’s item.
Julbo went much further than simply naming its products after famous summits such as Everest, Makalu and Annapurna. it developed and tested them by taking them up the 8000ers including Everest, Makalu, K2, Gasherbrum ii, Broad Peak and Nanga Parbat on the face of its technical adviser, yannick Seigneur.
In the mountains the focus was still on performance, particularly with the exploits of Christophe Lafaille. Having established itself as a benchmark brand for sun protection in extreme environments, Julbo expanded its expertise to other worlds and other countries. The company launched Nautic, with Franck Cammas who joined the team in 1998. This decade also saw the introduction of the Baby range, offering outstanding protection for the delicate eyes of children.
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