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Colmar was founded in 1923 in a small Italian city called Monza by a man called Mario Colombo. At the time Colombo was only manufacturing accessories such as felt hats. The name 'Colmar' was created from the 3 three letters of his surname, and the first three letters of his first name. In the 1930s Colmar started to concentrate on ski clothing, treating cotton with chemicals to produce fabrics which would last longer in the mountains.

10 years later, Colmar started producing waterproof jackets, and then the major work started when Colombo began relations with Italian skiers. By the 1950s, Colmar were the number 1 alpine ski-racing clothing brand. It produced the sport's first aerodynamic outfits, and after Columbo featured in the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo, Colmar became extremely popular amongst legendary ski racers including the Italian team.

In 2009, Colmar Originals was created, celebrating the lifestyle of the Colmar brand in the past. The Colmar Originals line represents the classic pieces, but with a modern twist to appeal to the younger generation.