The French luxury brand, Hermès, decided to open 2 new leather workshops in 2020 in France.
The first will be in Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, and the other one in Montereau-Fault-Yonne, in Seine-et-Marne where Hermès has been established since 1996 when they purchased Gordon Choisy’s tannery. Great news for the “made in France” victims who suffered from decentralization, this will allow the creation of 500 jobs. To reinforce its capacity of production, the firm had already inaugurated 2 sites in June: a leather good in Val-de-Reuil, in Eure and in Saint-Junien, in Haute-Vienne. With those 2 new production sites, they are now at 15 factories in France that offer jobs to 3,136 employees.
The international demand for their well-known Kelly and Birkin bags got carried away. The group crossed for the first time the stage of one billion euros benefit with annual sales of 5.2 billion of euros and employing 12,000 people across the globe. 2016 was in fact a record in terms of sales, even though everyone thought it would be a hard year for luxury. The leather goods and saddlery’s activity contributed to half of the turnover.
The high quality attract foreign buyers, mostly young Chinese people who represent 32 % of luxury goods purchase in the world. The ‘Made in France’ label still attracts the international buyers and French luxury brands continue to exploit the local know-how.
Léa Dechambre, IEJ 1D