s Kicks Off Construction of Louviers Workshops in France
PARIS In a show of confidence in future demand for high end leather handbags, Herms International has kicked off construction of a new workshop in Normandy, France.
The Louviers site will create 250 jobs, according to the luxury firm, and reinforce the company’s leather goods and saddlery division in the region. Herms opened a workshop in Val de Reuil in Normandy a popular region with equestrian enthusiasts just three years ago.
Designed by architect Lina Ghotmeh with the participation of landscape architect Erik Dhont, the brick and wood workshop will produce more energy than needed for its own consumption.
Herms has opened nine leather goods workshops over the past decade, adding more than 2,500 workers in the leather making division, which employs more than 3,800 people.
In the upcoming year, the company will open a site in southwest France and another in the Paris region.
The company’s leather goods and saddlery division generated half of annual sales last year, or 3.41 billion euros.
Herms produces the large majority of products in France 80 percent.
Fuelled by soaring global demand for French luxury products in recent years until the coronavirus crisis hit brands like Chanel and Louis Vuitton have been ramping up production, building state of the art, environmentally friendly production facilities in France.
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