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Hermès inaugurates a new factory

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The new factory, which was inaugurated Friday near Bordeaux in France, is manufacturing Hermès bags in a wood and concrete building that houses nearly 200 newly trained craftsmen.

According to Guillaume de Seynes, the managing director of the upstream and participation division of Hermès, making a Kelly bag takes hermès craftsmen a minimum of 15 hours.

There is a distinctive feature of the group: craftsmen are recruited without regard to their age, gender, or professional experience. Employees have thus come from a range of backgrounds, sometimes far removed from leather goods.

Although the salary has not been disclosed, it is “well above the minimum wage”, says Guillaume de Seynes, head of the group’s upstream division and participations.

All Hermès craftsmen undergo 18 months of in-house training.

Saint-Vincent-de-Paul’s Guyenne leather goods factory was built on a landfill storage area by architect Patrick Arotcharen.

The factory is the 19th for the group, which manufactures all its leather goods in France and has to deal with an ever-increasing global demand for luxury goods.

“We are in a sustained growth rhythm”, which for Hermès means “increasing the number of craftsmen, training and therefore a new site”, according to Guillaume de Seynes.

Group sales reached 4.235 billion euros in July, up 70% compared to 2020 and 29% compared to 2019 before the pandemic.

The Saint-Vincent-de-Paul factory will eventually have, like all the group’s leather goods factories, its own school that will issue a national state diploma, a leather goods CAP. Hermès’ first School of Craftsmanship opened in early September at the Fitilieu leather goods factory in Isère.

Hermès has opened nine leather goods factories in France since 2010, bringing the total number of saddlery and leather goods craftsmen within the group to over 4,000. There are three other manufacturing projects under way, in Louviers (Eure), Tournes (Ardennes) and Riom (Puy-de-Dôme).

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