The story of leather

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Hide is a product of nature. However, it is of little value without the intervention of man, to nourish, transform and embellish it and produce sumptuous and living leather. Its natural and noble characteristics make it a material with high added value.

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Tannerie Arnal

Craftsmanship and industry

French artisanal know-how and industrial expertise are both applied to leather, with one single objective: quality. There have always been a multitude of leather-related skills in France, including tannery, leather goods production, saddlery, bootmaking or glovemaking.  French manufacturing owes its international reputation to its creativity and craftsmanship, in high demand from the luxury sector. As for the leather industry itself, it is already reconciling consumption and environmental concerns.

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Musée de Romans


Leather has its feast day on 25th October. Saint Crispin is the patron saint of shoemakers as his story is directly related to footwear. But this very popular feast day also applies more widely to the whole family of leather workers.

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Bernard Vainchtein


The story of leather demonstrates is great capacity to adapt. Today the multitudes of initiatives, patents, exclusivities and innovations are the living proof of the vitality of the industry. Whilst leather is rightly present in a large number of sectors, it is particularly adapted to working with top-of-the-range clients. Leather that has been tanned to the highest standards produces skins that offer softness, colour and infinite effects, with a performance that optimises their unique qualities.