Luxury fashion house Hermes has opened a new leather goods workshop in Louviers, France, creating 280 jobs and further strengthening its commitment to sustainable job creation and artisanal know-how. The Maroquinerie de Louviers, which is the second leather goods hub of the house in Normandy, will employ 260 leatherworkers, saddlers and other staff in roles including management, logistics and human resources.
The 6,200-square-metre workshop, designed by French Lebanese architect Lina Ghotmeh, is a unique space for artisans. It is the first industrial building to have earned the French E4C2 label and was constructed on an industrial brownfield site using over 500,000 bricks produced 70 kilometres from Louviers, the company said in a press release.
The building's position maximises natural light and ventilation, reducing the need for artificial lighting, heating and air conditioning. Energy needs are met by 13 probes at a depth of 150 metres, providing geothermal energy, and over 2,300 square metres of solar panels, ensuring the workshop's energy autonomy.