French tannery Rémy Carriat, founded in Espelette in 1927, received an important acknowledgement from the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Paris. It is a sort of a “brand”. It’s called “Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant” (EPV). The acknowledgement, established in 2005, identifies French companies “that stand out for the excellence of their productions and work processes”.
“We were looking forward to this communication”, commented Espelette, a town in the French part of the Basque Country. “We are very proud of this recognition – they continue -. It enhances the work of our laboratories and the exceptional quality of our leather”.
The criteria of the EPV
The selection criteria for the assignment of the EPV also include owning advanced, recognised or traditional know-how. For this same reason the label, which expires after five years, was assigned to chef Paul Bocuse, to Laguiole knives, to Vuarnet glasses, to Voltaire saddles, to Louis Roederer champagne, to Hermès, to CHANEL, Baccarat, Christofle, Boucheron, to the companies of the Cristalleries de Saint-Louis, to Maison Fabre gloves, to Jean Rose silk and to Caron perfumes, just to name a few.
The story of Rémy Carriat
Founded in 1927, Rémy Carriat tannery focused in its early years on the processing of calf hides of European origin, destined to the production of footwear. Since 1970, they have entered the market of furnishings with bull hides. In 1976, the tannery started working buffalo hides too.
Image from Rèmy Carriat website