I’ve just come back from a visit to Furygan in the South of France, where I have to tell you the weather is much warmer than it is here.
How nice it must be to know that, in late March or early April, you can go into work and be confident that a lightweight shirt is going to be all you need to keep warm.
Anyway, we went down there for the day with a small film crew to shoot some videos on some of the company’s more popular and more technical products.
It was a great day and we learned a lot.
Of course, we already had all the spec. sheets on the garments we filmed, but it’s always interesting to hear somebody from the factory talking about their products, and explaining why they’ve done certain things in a certain way.
Over the last year or so we’ve come to the view that Furygan’s products are much under-rated.
The company has a rich and fascinating history, and they have a great reputation for producing stylish leather products, but most people have no idea how technically advanced and sophisticated their products are.
It’s a perception that is perhaps reinforced by Furygan’s marketing material, and their propensity to feature within it men with oil on their abs., and women with nothing on their abs.. In fact, women with nothing on their chests or rear ends either!
Don’t get us wrong. Furygan’s probably the most stylish motorcycle clothing outfit around, and we love the way they present the brand and their products. But, at times, the technical message gets lost.
Well, all of the company’s clothing is safety tested in their Motion Lab, and has passed the new French government sanctioned CE Level 1 test.
But it is the sheer attention to detail that goes into putting the clothing together that truly is impressive.
We watched a team of people inspecting the hides and spotting defects and flaws that we wouldn’t have noticed in a month of Sundays.
These hides are then laid out on a computer controlled cutting machine that can identify the separate panels from dozens of different jackets, so that it can cut the leather out with the minimum of wastage.
Three or four complete cows are laid out on these machines and the left over leather would barely be enough for a wallet. But these machines, of which there were quite a number in the factory, cost a million pounds each, so they need to be efficient.
All the leather panels are then bundled up and prepared in boxes that are then sent overseas for assembly.
Apparently all the textile gear is produced completely off-shore.
Anyway, David, a former motorcycle journalist did all the talking and what a splendid job he did.
We loved his French accent that even Inspector Clouseau would have had problems matching. And we certainly didn’t try and correct any of his ‘Franglais’ words that merely added to the charm of the videos.
But, all joking aside, it was humbling to see how fluent David was in a language that clearly is not his native tongue.
I don’t think I’ve met anybody in the British motorcycle clothing business who could do more than order a pint of beer in French.
And David has never spent any time in England. He reckons he learned all his words from British pop songs!
Anyway, you can find all the Furygan videos on our site.
Any Furygan product with a movie camera icon has a dedicated video.
And, finally, to give everybody a quick feel for the Furygan factory, we put together a very cheeky little ‘mood’ film. We hope you like it.