Country/region: France


  • Activewear
  • Beachwear
  • Sportswear
  • Swimwear

A French company founded in 1904, Billon possesses a rich collection of archives. Based near Lyon, the firm has been known as D2P Billon since 2013. It employs 30 people and generates a turnover of €3.2 million.

D2P Billon is a leading specialist for creative fancy knits in Lycra®, dyed yarns, and piece-dyed fabrics. The firm’s production process is totally integrated, from the purchase of greige and dyed yarn, to knitting with its 26 looms, to finishings. Billon offers a selection of stripes (large and small repeats), structured Jacquard knits, plain and striped ribbing, crochets, Lycra® laces, ponchos, and pareos. A new investment programme will enable the company to make its dyeing processes more eco-responsible, and new knitting machines will boost the company’s capacity.

D2P Billon is present in the men’s and women’s fantasy knitted swimwear and mid-range and high-end ready-to-wear markets. Its leading partners include Seafolly, Princess tam.tam, and Lise Charmel. Export accounts for 70 percent of the company’s turnover. Australia and the United States are both rapidly growing markets. D2P Billon has agents in those two countries, as well as in Japan, Columbia, Spain, and Italy.

Latest innovation: Multi-coloured, flat knit LYCRA® jacquard with a high quality feel and a vintage style print based on the standard line of 56 different hues of dyed yarn.

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