Salomon Factory Shops
Salomon may be known in South Africa for their hiking gear but the company has a heritage based firmly in the skiing industry.
Started in 1947 in the town of Annecy, France close to the Alps the Salomon family worked from a small workshop producing saw blades for local companies. The three man operation was driven by George the son of François and Jeanne Salomon and he would later become the face of the company.
Due to their location in one of the most famous skiing districts in Europe the company moved into manufacturing skiing items. Their growth over the next thirty years would be largely due to George’s foundation in engineering and research.
Salomon had a reputation for quality design and high manufacturing standards which for many of their competitors was simply not that important. The result were outdoor products that were always a cut above the rest.
The launch of their popular SX90 ski boots in 1979 was the turning point for the company into becoming one of Europe’s elite sport brands.