PARIS — Hermès International is continuing to expand production for its gloves and small leather goods in France due to growth in demand. The luxury goods house has said it will move its Ganterie Maroquinerie de Saint-Junien factory to a 54,000-square-foot brownfield site neighboring its existing factory by 2022.
It will also double the workforce employed at the facility — from 130 to 260 — in the same time frame.
Hermès saw its leather goods and saddlery sales grow 16.9 percent to 808.2 million euros in the first quarter of 2019. The division’s sales increased 6.3 percent to 2.98 billion euros in 2018.
In May, Hermès opened a new training workshop for its leather artisans near Lyon, France, and two new factories, in the Gironde and Seine-et-Marne regions, are also in the works, with plans for each to employ 250 artisans.
The Saint-Junien facility was acquired by Hermès in 1998. Its existing 16,000-square-foot site was renovated in 2017.