Hermès begins construction of a leather goods workshop east of Angoulême, France

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Hermès begins construction of a leather goods: Hermès is actively enhancing its production capabilities in France, with a special emphasis on the artistry of leather craftsmanship, particularly in the South-West region of the country. Just announced by the luxury brand: a brand new leather goods workshop is set to open in 2025 in Isle-d’Espagnac, a mere four kilometers from Angoulême in Charente. Upon full operation, this new facility is expected to employ 260 artisans.

This upcoming factory is an extension of Hermès’ current South-West hub, which already encompasses the Montbron and Nontron leather goods workshops, as well as the Saint-Junien glove and leather goods workshop. These establishments have played a crucial role in the region for more than twenty-five years, making a significant contribution to Hermès’ artisanal heritage and production capacity.

The presence of the Hermès School of Crafts, located in Marthon nearby Angoulême, adds strength to the establishment of the new factory in Isle-d’Espagnac. Opened in September 2022 and approved by the National Education, this training center accepts two groups of 40 apprentices each year, focusing on leather goods, saddlery, cutting, and stitching. The school is crucial in maintaining and transmitting artisanal expertise and the distinct culture of Hermès, guaranteeing a well-trained workforce for the new workshop.

Similar to an auditor, the upcoming building, which covers an area of 5,500 square meters, is set to be built on the grounds of a previous aerodrome with the goal of achieving carbon neutrality. The structure, designed by the Bordeaux architectural firm Guiraud-Manenc, will incorporate photovoltaic panels and utilize a wooden framework with straw-based insulation. The exterior will be beautifully decorated with Charente stones, blending harmoniously with the natural surroundings.

In addition to the South-West hub, Hermès also has the Guyenne leather goods workshop in Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, north of Bayonne, which was established in 2019. In addition, there are plans to establish a new leather goods workshop in Loupes, Gironde, which is located about twenty kilometers east of Bordeaux. The workshop will be situated on a 6,000 square-meter site.

2023 was a remarkable year for Hermès, as sales of their leather goods and saddlery experienced a substantial surge. These products, including the iconic Birkin and Kelly bags, are widely celebrated for their exquisite craftsmanship. This segment experienced a significant 11.8% growth, which played a key role in the brand’s total revenue of 13.4 billion euros. This represents a noteworthy 16% increase compared to the previous year.

Ethan Sullivan

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