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Hermès in expansion mode

Oct 10, 2019 France
Hermès in expansion mode
The French-based luxury house announced the creation of a new leather goods workshop straddling the villages of Tournes and Cliron (Ardennes) by 2022
On their recent announcement, Hermès also confirmed they will be looking for 250 artisans to craft bags in this atelier, which will be located on a business park run by the Ardennes Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Building on local partnerships this new production site "confirms Hermès’ anchoring in the Grand Est region". The luxury group is also focusing on sustainable development and so when building  its workshops is now paying special attention to control of energy consumption and a choice of innovative technologies to reduce its carbon footprint, working environment, respect for the site’s  biodiversity and blending in with the landscape.

Hermès is strengthening its leather goods activities by "creating sustainable jobs and meeting the demand of its customers", who are attached to the quality and creativity of its objects. So, for the luxury house sustainability goes beyond the environmental impacts and is translated in an approach based on internal networking and the transmission of an artisan culture. Eighteen months of training will be provided by the Hermès craftsmen who are currently applying their know-how at the Maroquinerie des Ardennes, which opened in Bogny-sur-Meuse in 2004.

With these two leather workshops, the Hermès facilities in Ardennes will eventually employ more than 500 artisans. They will become the group’s sixth cluster of leather goods workshops, on the heels of Paris-Val-de-Seine, Normandy, Franche-Comté, the South West and the Savoie-Dauphiné region. Since 2010, Hermès has opened nine leather goods production sites and recruited more than 2 100 artisans, bringing the number of saddler-leather workers to more than 3 400.

With the imminent opening of leather goods workshops in Guyenne (2020), Montereau (2021) and Louviers (2021), the new workshop in Ardennes will be Hermès' twenty-first leather goods and saddlery production site. They are all located in France.

Image credits: Ivars Krutainis on Unsplash

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