PARIS — Hermès International said Friday it plans to open a new leather goods workshop in 2022, as the high-end leather goods specialist continues to increase its production capacity.
The new site, which will be located in the East of France, near the Belgium border, will count 250 employees. The new workshop will bring the total number of saddlery and leather goods production sites at Hermès to 21. All its sites are located in France.
The French saddler is seeking to meet increasing demand, particularly from Asia, for its hand-crafted leather bags, which are made by artisans that are trained over 18 months.
The planned site, which will be the second for the company in the Ardennes region, will be constructed with energy consumption and carbon impact in mind, which the company will seek to reduce through new technologies, as well as respecting local biodiversity.
Since 2010, the French saddler has opened nine saddlery and leather goods workshops, creating 2,100 positions, for a total of 3,400 leather goods artisans.
Hermès is not the only French luxury goods company increasing production sites in the country. Louis Vuitton last month inaugurated its 16th leather goods workshop in the Pays de la Loire region in western France, the first to be built according to a new model that aims to improve agility and reduce waste.