French leather fashion house, Louis Vuitton, has inaugurated its 16th workshop in France. The 6000m2 site in Beaulieu-sur-Layon, western France, was built in under a year thanks to local partners and businesses. This building reflects the Maison’s new generation of workshops which are modular, agile and energy efficient (consumption down by 40% on the previous workshop). The new addition has been designed to meet the exacting standards of the leather craft (a fully glazed façade ensuring high quality natural light for the craftspeople). Some 300 jobs are planned at the workshop over time, a figure which may more than double, should plans go ahead to build another workshop next door.
The new workshop reflects Louis Vuitton’s interest in the Pays de la Loire region, coming after its new site in La Merlatière (Vendée), which was opened in 2018 and located close to two existing workshops in Sainte-Florence (Vendée).