French knitwear house established in 1925
The VITOS history is a family story that has
seen unique expertise passed down through the
generations, supporting women for nearly a,
Léon Vitoux created his first ladies stockings and socks factory in Troyes, in 1925. Modern and innovative for its time, it was one of the stars of the French hosiery industry.
With the support of son-in-law, Léon Poron and his son Marcel, he developed a luxury production facility, aiming for innovation and progress.
Despite difficulties during the great war period, the company experienced a surge in growth after 1925 thanks to Marcel Vitoux’s invention of the grafting machine. The first of a kind. This invention made the company internationally famous, under the VITOS brand.
The factories re-opened quickly after the World War II , featuring leading-edge machinery and the introduction of synthetic fabrics on an industrial scale. VITOS invented ‘CRYLOR’ – its own synthetic thread.
The war had overturned old ways of life. Women had gained their emancipation and VITOS supported them, developing new lines that included lingerie, sweaters, skirts, blouses and dresses.
From 1950 – 1985, the brand experienced a period of intense creativity.
But by the end of the 1980s, the business model came under threat. Like many other European-based textile producers, VITOS struggled to deal with overseas relocation & global retail approach. The last French factory closed in 1990, and with it the final VITOS brand collection.
Remains the engraving mechanic machinery division that became ‘Gravograph’.
A bit of history…
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