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Les Copains was born in the late 1950s from an idea of Mario Bandiera, born in Bologna. Bandiera began his business by exporting knitwear to Germany, produced in a small workshop organized in an apartment in his city. The turning point came when he began to frequent Paris, the center of art and culture in the 1960s. In this context, Bandiera perceives and interprets the desire and need for expression of Parisian youth and launches the “minipull”, signed by Les Copains.
The name originates from the French radio program Salut les copains, promoter and main speaker of the musical genre Yé-Yé.
Les Copains defines a group of young people united by a passion for art and the new. It is to them that Les Copains intends to address. Since then Les Copains’ proposals have revolutionized the concept of knitwear: refined, trendy and at the same time everyday and sporty. In addition to the minipull, in the 60s, Les Copains launched the “knitted micro vest“, another iconic garment of the brand, to which the “Flag Jacket“, the wool jacket with the logo displayed on the sleeve, and the sweatshirts were added striped in the 80s.
Les Copains today collects the heritage of an attitude of timeless glamor, expressing itself through a total look capable of combining the French spirit, an essential feature from the beginning, with informal elegance, in a continuous dialogue between the elements of tailoring, the culture and know-how of knitwear, feminine fluidity and informal iconic garments, which embrace the contemporary woman in all its expressions.