Hermès International's Ateliers de Fitilieu

PARIS — Luxury leather goods and ready-to-wear house Hermès has opened a new atelier.

Located in Fitilieu, a small town in the Isère region of France not far from Lyon, the atelier will be dedicated to leather goods. It is the brand’s 17th atelier, and all of them are based in France.

The Ateliers de Fitilieu acts as a training facility for Hermès artisans: It will house around 100 leather goods and saddle artisans, cutters and mechanics, who will follow an initial training before joining the production site of the atelier to put their knowledge in practice.

Once their training is complete, artisans will then move on to one of the three Hermès leather goods sites in the area: la Maroquinerie de Belley, la Maroquinerie Iséroise and the Manufacture de Haute-Maroquinerie in the Savoie region.

These are all located in the vicinity of Lyon, a city historically linked to Hermès, where the house’s textile ateliers are based.

“This new leather goods factories is a testament to our local engagement,” Hermès International ceo Axel Dumas said in a statement. “Hermès pieces result above all from the actions of the men and women who practice their savoir-faire at Hermès. At Fitilieu, they are artisans; elsewhere, [they are] salespeople, engineers or designers. All of them contribute their talent to our house’s success.”

Hermès is working on two new leather goods factories in the Gironde and Seine-et-Marne regions, each of which will house more than 250 artisans. Construction work will start in June and September.