The Holding Textile Hermès, an ode to silk from Lyon | Hermes
The Holding Textile Hermès,
an ode to silk from Lyon
Ties, scarves and shawls are among the distinguishing features of the house of Hermès. These creations are rooted in the region inhabited by the Lyon silk-workers or canuts, the weavers and printers of Isère. Hermès’ textile division, HTH, has developed gradually with the integration of the Rhône-Alpes subcontractors, to the point of creating a distillation of the region’s know-how.
Since the 1990s, some great names have been added to the family tree of the Hermès textile division, starting with Sport Soie, joined by Bucol, Ateliers AS, SIEGL, Créations Métaphores, Les établissements Marcel Gandit and AEI. Today, HTH brings together ten companies with highly complementary know-how, and 900 employees, two thirds of whom are craftsmen and women.
The workshops are dotted across seven municipalities in the region. In Rhône-Alpes, weaving is carried out in Bussières. The computer graphics and engraving phases of the designs take place in Bourgoin-Jallieu. The printing is shared between Pierre-Bénite and Le Grand-Lemps, and finishing is carried out in Pierre-Bénite-Irigny. The manufacturing workshops are located in Bourgoin-Jallieu and Nontron. The only exception is Challes, in the Sarthe département, where horsehair, sisal, linen and cotton are woven. The wealth of expertise is local but its renown is international. While Hermès remains HTH’s main customer, it is not the only one: 15% of revenue, which has doubled since 2010, comes from external orders, so fabrics created and edited by Bucol can often be seen on the runway of haute couture shows.
Hermès employs 13,500 men and women, including 4,500 craftspeople, who form the first métier of the house. This land of hand changes and hires nonstop. To train, pass on, develop, ensure well-being, health and solidarity… Our ambition is to stimulate the personal growth of everyone involved.
Hermès endeavors to exalt, in twenty or so métiers, the most beautiful materials offered by nature. Our artisans’ skillful hands respect leather, silk, fabric, wood, crystal and precious metals. To preserve, optimize, revalue and draw… Our duty is to achieve the sustainable use of these resources.
Hermès owns 41 of its 52 manufactures in France and more than 300 stores around the world. Our proximity with suppliers, partners and territories is cultivated in the field. To fertilize, mesh, renovate and be committed… Our role, as an environment-friendly company, is to build sustainable ties.