Hermès production booster: 2 new leather workshops by 2026

Hermès production booster: 2 new leather workshops by 2026

Despite repeatedly stating the opposite, Hermès is launching a real production booster to meet the growing demand for its bags. The maison has announced plans for two leather goods workshops in France, creating 500 jobs. One will open in 2025, the other in 2026. These two new projects are in addition to the other 3 sites under construction. Namely, those in Louviers (Eure), in Tournes and Cliron (Ardennes), and in Riom (Puy-de-Dôme), for which staff recruitment and training are underway.

Hermès production booster

A month ago, commenting on the 5.4% drop in sales for the fourth quarter of 2021 compared to the same period in 2020, Hermès CEO Axel Dumas had attributed this unusual negative sign to self-imposed production limits. All this without showing any concern or anxiety. Now, however, looks like the maison is running for cover and is adding 2 more workshops to the 3 already under construction. Total: 5 new production sites in 5 years, from 2022 to 2026. The two new workshops will become the 23rd and 24th in the Hermès leather goods division: all located in France, where the luxury fashion house employs 4,300 people.

2 new leather factories by 2026

The Maroquinerie de L’Isle-d’Espagnac will open in 2025. It will join the Maroquineries du Sud-Ouest, cluster together with those of Nontron and Montbron, and the Ganterie-Maroquinerie of Saint-Junien, which have been present in the region for over 25 years. On the other hand, the Maroquinerie de Guyenne, the new factory in Loupes, will be ready in 2026. The workers in the two new workshops will be trained by the staff of the nearest ones. And not only that. The École Hermès des Savoir-Faire, the brand’s training centre, will expand its offerings in Montbron next September and in the Maroquinerie de Guyenne at the beginning of 2023.

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