May 13, 2022

Hermès continues to invest in its production capacity and announces the creation of two leather goods workshops (France, Charente and Gironde) with 500 jobs, by 2026

Hermes International


Paris, March 15, 2022


To support the success of the leather goods and saddlery collections, Hermès confirms its ambition to grow and continue to develop its production capacity with the construction of two new leather goods workshops, the opening of which is scheduled for 2025 and the other in 2026. In time, 500 craftsmen will exercise their know-how of excellence in the future workshops located in Charente, in the town of L’Isle-d’Espagnacand in Gironde, in the commune of Loupes.

These two new projects come on top of the three other sites under construction in Louviers (Eure), Tournes and Cliron (Ardennes) and Riom (Puy-de-Dôme), for which recruitment and training are underway. .

Hermès reaffirms its regional roots
Leather goods from L’Isle-d’Espagnac joins the Leather goods South West as well as those of Nontron and Montbron and the Gloves-Leather goods of Saint-Junien, established in this region for more than 25 years. The Leather Goods of L’Isle-d’Espagnac will be inaugurated in 2025.
Along with Maroquinerie de Guyenne, the new Manufacture des Loupes will form the Girondin division of Hermès, which will become the group’s eighth leather goods division and will eventually employ more than 500 artisans. This new site will be inaugurated in 2026.

Strongly committed to building lasting relationships with its local partners, Hermès is preparing to set up in L’Isle-d’Espagnac by working in cooperation with the Nouvelle-Aquitaine development and innovation competition agency, and the Community of Greater Angoulême agglomeration. For the development of its new sites, the House relies on its partnerships with Pôle Emploi, the Rectorate of Poitiers, the Greta adult training service of Poitou-Charentes Agence d’Angoulême and the Greta CFA of Aquitaine.

Hermès confirms its commitment to training and learning
In a spirit of companionship that values ​​the transmission of know-how and artisanal culture, the L’Isle-d’Espagnac site will rely on the know-how of the craftsmen of the Maroquinerie de Nontron, de Montbron and de la Ganterie -Leather goods of Saint-Junien.
The Loupes site will benefit from its proximity to the expert craftsmen of La Maroquinerie de Guyenne, established in the Girondin area since 2020.
The Hermès School of Expertise, a training center for Hermès apprentices approved by the National Education Department, will extend to Montbron in September 2022, and to Guyenne Leather Goods, in early 2023. The School trains its apprentices in a sustainable profession created on the excellence of the leather goods know-how of the House.

Since 2010, Hermès has opened nine leather goods workshops in France, bringing to more than 4,300 the number of saddlers and leather goods workers employed by the group.
The two new workshops located in L’Isle-d’Espagnac and Les Loupes will become the 23rd and 24and production sites of the Hermès Leather Goods & Saddlery division, all located in France.

Since 1837, Hermès has remained faithful to its artisanal model and its humanist values. The freedom to create, the spirit of innovation, the constant search for beautiful materials, the transmission of know-how of excellence, the aesthetics of
functionality forge the uniqueness of Hermès, a house of objects created to last. An independent family business comprising 16 professions, Hermès endeavors to maintain the bulk of its production in France through its 52 workshops and production sites and to develop its network of more than 300 stores in 45 countries. The group employs nearly 17,600 people worldwide, including nearly 11,000 in France, including nearly 6,000 artisans*. Axel Du-mas, a sixth-generation member of the family, has been CEO of Hermès since 2013.
Created in 2008, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès supports projects in the areas of artistic creation, training and transmission of know-how, biodiversity and environmental preservation.
* As of December 31, 2021